Are you fascinated by the way mass media shapes and defines the world we live in? This course is ideal if who wish to gain a broad and practical understanding of how the media is constructed and consumed alongside cultural studies theory, preparing you for a range of media-related careers.
On our course you will undertake an in-depth critical exploration of culture and the mass media, and analyse the influence of mass media on society. We will encourage you to develop an independent critical voice and have the confidence to communicate your ideas.
All kinds of media are examined, including film, television, photography, newspapers and the internet. You will explore how these media products relate to broader social and political issues like globalisation, consumer culture and new technology. Using state-of-the-art facilities, you will also benefit from hands-on, practical experience of media production, from how different types of media are researched and produced to methods of circulation and consumption.
100% of our BA Media and Cultural Studies students were in graduate level employment six months after completing their degrees, according to the 2013 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.
This degree has been designed to combine media theory, knowledge of specific industry practices and hands on, practical skills.
Your first year will focus on helping you to develop your skills in two key areas: media analysis and media production. You will explore a range of texts drawn from a variety of media within popular culture and you will be encouraged to ask critical questions about the meaning and implications of these texts, and the role of the media industries that produce them. These insights will then form the foundation of your own media production projects as you learn practical skills in areas like camera work, radio or news production, digital media or campaigning.
In your second year you will explore the issues and debates that surround new and social media, as well as choose from a range of exciting optional modules such as 'Visual Cultures', 'Global Journalism' or a work placement preparation module. A crucial aspect of this year is the opportunity to build on your practical skills by undertaking advanced training in one specialist area of media production, as well as undertaking comprehensive training in research techniques to prepare you for your independent project in the third year.
You will be able to choose from an even wider range of optional modules in your third year that will, for example, test your skills in analysis, communication and creative writing or your capacity to lead, develop and manage social and political campaigns. All students study 'Transgressive Culture' in the final year, a module that requires you to make critical judgements about controversial media and the systems that regulate it. This final year is where we encourage you to shine by developing and completing your own independent project, which will form the foundation on your industry portfolio and/or further academic study.
You can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
This module explores the theory and practice of international and digital communication management. Students taking this module can expect to develop knowledge and understanding of the development and status of public relations in various parts of the world - among emerging as well as developed markets - and to develop advanced skills in the delivery and critical evaluation of public relations practices in international contexts.
To introduce students to the major ethical issues, regulatory frameworks and political debates concerning the advertising and public relations PR industries; to develop knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and political impact of promotional practices in specific contexts; to develop advanced skills - drawing on the methods and critical vocabularies introduced in years one and two - in analysing and evaluating the social, cultural and political effects of promotional practices.
You will study in our £80 million media centre, which is home to a TV studio, a digital publishing studio, video and sound editing suites, photography studios and more. You will learn through lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars, where you will take part in group discussions and exercises that will help you develop your critical and analytical skills. You will work on independent and group research and creative projects, presentations, essays, reports and a dissertation, and supplement all this with your own study and research, including online learning.
The department has strong links to other academic institutions and the cultural sector, so we are able to invite regular guest speakers to talk to students. As part of your independent project in your final year, you will have the option of doing a work placement, which we will help you to find.
There are no traditional exams. You will be assessed on the basis of independent and group research and creative projects – including the production of media texts such as videos and websites - your dissertation, essays, reports and other written assignments, and presentations. There will also be some online assessment, and students will have the opportunity to give feedback on each other's work through blogs and online discussions. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
In your written assignments, we will be looking to see if you have researched your subject well, how good you are at analysis and interpretation and how well-argued the essay is. You will receive regular feedback on your work throughout the course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
The skills you develop on our course will prepare you to pursue a broad range of media-related careers. Our graduates have progressed into the following media roles: advertising account executive; press officer; public relations account manager; market research executive; information officer/manager; editorial assistant; arts administrator; event organiser; news producer; programme researcher broadcast/film/video; TV/film/video producer or production assistant; online journalist; media planner; and cultural policy researcher.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market – as well as being a fantastic experience. Media is a highly competitive field so we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity. As part of your third year you will have the opportunity to carry out a short placement of a minimum of 15 days. This will provide you with first-hand experience of a media organisation. We have a Placement Office which will support you through the placement process.
We actively encourage our students to take part in work experience throughout their course and you will have access to all the thriving cultural industries on offer in London.
"The BA in Media and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University gave me a profound understanding of the impact of the media on our society.
"I liked the diversity of the degree. Even though a lot of theory was involved, the course also offered many practical and creative activities and prepared us for the job market. I also enjoyed the international atmosphere. I met people from different parts of the world and made friendships that will last for a lifetime.
"As part of my course I did an internship at a documentary film production company in London, which convinced me of my interest in that field. Now I am looking to gain further work experience in film production and to explore ways of using media to produce something meaningful."
"After graduating from Middlesex I started my career as a media executive at Mediacom (named media agency of the decade by Campaign Magazine) in their recruitment marketing department. Whilst there I became a digital direct response specialist, focusing on domestic market clients including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Metropolitan Police and Direct Line Group. My favourite project was RBS's sponsorship of Manchester Pride. With a minimal budget I was tasked with garnering as much free advertising and publicity as possible and negotiated a sponsorship partnership with Gaydar Radio.
"It was the research and analysis techniques that I honed during my time at Middlesex that helped me achieve this. My experiences at Middlesex have helped me greatly in my career as a media planner as I have been better able to understand markets, audience etc, planning my work accordingly."