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Birkbeck, University of London

Media and Culture

UCAS Code: 1F27

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

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80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2019

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Media and communication studies

Are you fascinated by our constantly changing contemporary media and culture? Do you want to develop yourself into an independent thinker capable of negotiating rapid shifts in the media and creative industries today? In this course, you will be challenged not only to think about media, but to also think through media by engaging directly with digital and traditional media forms.The BA Media and Culture gives you important insight into a world where media permeates almost every aspect of our lives. You will explore core topics in media studies, such as social media, mobile technology, film, television and journalism. At the same time, you will have a chance to develop a working understanding of how media impacts fields such as arts, curating, design, education, literature, museums, performance, politics and activism.This course is your opportunity to learn about cutting-edge academic perspectives, while also developing skills and knowledge in applied media practice. It will help you develop a broad and highly transferable understanding of media culture suited to our 21st-century context.

Modules

In Year 1, you take one compulsory module, two core modules and choose one option module at Level 4.

In Year 2, you take two compulsory modules and choose two option modules at Level 5.

In Year 3, you choose three option modules at Level 6. You also complete a Final-Year Project, either: an extended piece of supervised research on a topic of your choice (8000 words); or a practice-based project which combines a well-defined media practice component with a critical practice essay.

Assessment methods

Essays and a range of alternative and creative methods of assessment, including writing exercises, audio/visual productions, blogging, mind maps, conceptual representations and digital media projects.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,350
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

84%
high
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media and communication studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£25k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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