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What makes Media & Culture at Worcester special?

In our media saturated world, the study of Media and Culture is all-important.

At Worcester, you will explore the power of media from different perspectives, helping you to understand more about cultural contexts and how these relate and impact upon you and wider society.

You will discover how the media operates, developing your own thoughts and ideas on topics as significant and diverse as Gender, War, Pornography, Green Media, Monsters, Music, Film, Television and Internet Cultures.

Key features

  • Lecturing staff actively engage with media such as Dr Barbara Mitra’s YouTube Channel and Blog
  • Lecturing staff active in research, meaning that your learning is informed by the latest developments in the field
  • Opportunities to study abroad
  • Opportunities for work placements in the second and third years
  • Your own independent research project in the third year, with expert supervision
Study Media and Culture at the University of Worcester

I came from Romania to study Media & Culture. This was one of the best decisions; the course matched my interests entirely and has been truly inspiring!

Teodora, University of Worcester Media & Cultural Studies Graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

260

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

260 UCAS tariff points

From 2017 there will be a change in the UCAS point system. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ. Visit our Academic Quality Unit pages for full programme specifications for each course.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Studying Media and Culture
  • Media and Culture: key concepts 

Optional

  • Gender and Representation
  • Introduction to Televisual Cultures
  • Introduction to Internet Cultures
  • Popular Music and Cultural Change
  • TV History
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Democracy? the story of an ideal

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Popular Cultures
  • Media and Social Change

Optional

  • Social Media
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Crime and the Media
  • Work Project Module
  • Gender and Popular Fiction
  • Representation of gender, sexuality and ‘race’ in film
  • Consuming Lives

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Research Project

Optional

  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • TV Times
  • Green Media 
  • Making Monsters
  • Radio Times
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Commercialisation of Social Media
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • Body & Society
  • Work Project Module

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Develop skills of information search, comprehension, critical analysis and problem solving – and, above all, you will be supported to develop excellent communication skills.
  • Analyse and investigate critically theoretical and conceptual issues central to the field of media and cultural studies, and to synthesis and evaluate material.
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through CV building, career mapping, group activities that support your development of productive working relationships, and your growing awareness and understanding of the media and cultural industries.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars; tutorials; debates; directed study; group and individual work; supervised independent learning.
  • Lectures introduce you to the topic being studied and direct you to further reading. Seminars are your opportunity to debate and discuss the results of your research.
  • Lecturers are available throughout the academic year for one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss any issues related to your study.

Most of the theoretically-focused modules will include a weekly lecture designed to stimulate and motivate students and to guide them through subsequent general reading. Students can expect also to engage with structured and general reading, screenings, observation and experiential learning. There will be additional involvement in interactive learning through, for example, seminar discussions, team presentations and simulation exercises.

Modules shared with the Art and Design field (e.g. multimedia modules) particularly promote independence and autonomy and students are required to join learning teams and maintain a learning journal.

Assessment

Assessment tends to focus mostly on essays and reports. A few modules require an oral presentation but there are no formal examinations. (One optional module has an in-class assignment based on a short film screening). This makes for an exciting and challenging course with continuous support from a teaching team with a strong, student-centred focus.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Graduates of media and cultural studies courses work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration.

The course also provides a sound basis for postgraduate study.

Media & Cultural Studies is a good foundation for working in the media and media-related industries. Worcester graduates have found employment in the following areas:

  • Radio presenting, both local and national
  • Media research
  • Journalism
  • Event organising
  • Media planning
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Campaigns
  • Teaching

Graduate views

  • Teodora

    Case study

    Teodora Axente

    I came to Worcester from Galati in Romania to study joint honours in Media & Culture and Sociology. This was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I could have ever taken; the course matched my interests entirely and has been truly inspiring, as I have expanded my knowledge of some really challenging topics. It was also extremely helpful that some of my lecturers happened to teach across both subjects.

    Since graduating I continue to have a particular interest in the concept of ‘moral panics’ and have been given the opportunity to collaborate with the Institute of Health and Society and to deliver a session on moral panics and dementia, which is a great honour for me. At the moment I am also working within Communication and Participation Department as an Administrator and am helping on events such as Open Days and Corporate Events. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work in such an active and productive climate, where I can effectively use skills learnt during my academic study.

  • Case study

    Anthony Ball

    Anthony Ball graduated with a 2:1 degree in Joint Honours Media & Culture and History. He is now ‘a project manager/analyst’ at an app development company, working with a whole range of different clients, largest being Cisco and Amadeus Travel. Anthony is off to Dubai with Cisco in October.

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    Case study

    Roseanne Spaughton

    I found the course really interesting and inspiring and all the lecturers were really supportive in helping me get a job. I also  really enjoyed all the classes and what we learned on the Media and Cultural Studies Degree Course. I now work for Sunshine Radio.

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    Case study

    Reeta Haverinen

    Studying Media & Cultural Studies has been the most eye opening experience for me. I never actually realised the power that the media exert on the lives of people on a regular basis.  During my studies, I developed a much deeper understanding of the media and their meanings and I also learnt to evaluate different media forms as sources of information. I developed a critical understanding of different theoretical perspectives on media phenomena. 

    What I appreciated most was the way in which Media & Cultural Studies was planned and organised at the University of Worcester, with different modules emphasising different aspects of media and culture. Modules include some that concentrate on gender representations in the media; others enable students to gain a deeper understanding of the way in which we view things - for example, how television in our everyday lives impacts on our decision making and values. I can honestly say that my world view has changed as a result of my learning on the course.

  • aliss-hadley-media-culture-university-worcester-case-study-crop

    Case study

    Aliss Hadley

    After studying Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Worcester, I was lucky enough to find graduate employment within weeks of handing in my dissertation. I joined MediaCom in June 2011 as a trainee and have been working on well-known brands, such as MG and Bentley, for over a year. The company enrolled me onto the IPA foundation course, which I passed in 2012. As the media industry is all about networking, I often get to go on amazing trips - to concerts, live comedy, even the Olympics!  

  • Case study

    Ashley Boyd

    Studying Media & Cultural Studies provided me with many study options, ranging from theoretical to practical topics. The University environment encourages individual growth and you don’t just feel like another student. The lecturers are engaging and are always available to help you. I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in the media and the desire to explore them in greater depth.

  • Case study

    Laurie-Anne Heath

    Studying Media & Cultural Studies has been extremely interesting. It has taught me much about the mediated culture in which we live. The media and gender classes have been very enjoyable as they prompted wide-ranging discussion, and I always went away wanting to understand more about the topic.

    Being able to look at a wide variety of media kept me interested and made the media classes the most enjoyable of those that I undertook during my three years studying at the University.

  • Case study

    Jodie-Marie Preddy

    After graduating from Worcester, I have been studying for my Masters in Gender, Sexuality and Culture. It was during my time at Worcester, that I began to explore issues of gender and sexuality; I am now hoping to take these interests further and to develop them as the basis of a future career. I really enjoyed my time on the Media & Cultural Studies course. I now work for MEC Global, working on the development of the Nintendo brand.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £89 per week to the £145 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Financial support

£1,000 ABB or equivalent scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first-year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC), and who are responsible for paying their own tuition fees.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

£1,000 academic achievement scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of their first and second year of a degree course, or first year of a foundation degree or HND.

For full details visit the scholarships and fee waivers page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,180 per 15-credit module, £1,575 per 20 credit module and £2,360 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Media & Cultural Studies BA - P392 BA/MCS

 

Joint Honours:
Art & Design and Media & Culture BA - WP13 BA/ArtMcs
Creative Digital Media and Media & Culture BA -
English Language and Media & Culture BA - PQ33 BA/ELMCS
English Literature and Media & Culture BA - QP33 BA/EngMcs
Film Studies and Media & Culture BA - P390 BA/FSMCS
Graphic Design & Multimedia and Media & Culture BA
Human Geography and Media & Culture BA
Journalism and Media & Culture BA - PP53 BA/JMCS
Media & Culture and Politics: People and Power BA - PL32 BA/MCSPPP
Media & Culture and Sociology BA - LP33 BA/MscSoc

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

 

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

P392

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Admissions tutor

Dr Barbara Mitra
01905 54 2366
b.mitra@worc.ac.uk