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Media and Communications

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

English or Media Studies are preferred at A-Level or equivalent. Maths and English at GCSE level are preferred at grade C or 4.

Various Access Courses are accepted: Access to University Study Access to Community, Education & Humanities Access to Arts, Social Sciences & Primary Teaching Access to Languages, Arts and Social Sciences Access to Languages with Business Access to Humanities/Primary Education Access to Degree Studies Access to Arts & Social Science Access to Humanities Access to Social Sciences Access to Teaching

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3

Maths and English at Ordinary level grade O4.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Scottish HNC

Pass

Successful completion of your HNC in any subject with a C in the graded unit

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B

English or Media Studies are preferred at Higher or equivalent. Maths and English at National 5 is preferred at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

104-108

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Media and communication studies

Our Media and Communications course will engage you in creative, collaborative and professional ways of thinking, researching and working. The degree emphasises studying the media and understanding the importance of creative communication skills in this exciting and dynamic sector.

We live in a world where everyone joins in media debates and many people are content creators, but how do you differentiate yourself, and your professional skills, in this field? On this new course you’ll study media theory while gaining the creative, practical and collaborative skills you’ll need to establish a career in tomorrow’s global, digitally networked world.

What media and communications knowledge and skills will you need for the many roles which require them in the fast-moving world of work? You will study theories of media and communications and debate the role of media in economics, politics and society. You will look at the role of publicity, propaganda and social campaigning, and you will learn about the artistic and creative digital work which shapes the societies we live in.

You’ll also put this theoretical understanding into action – although this is not a dedicated production course, it does have a production strand that focuses on video, audio and online content creation. You will develop your writing, management and team skills needed to produce imaginative and creative work of a high standard. During your degree you will be meeting and learning from media professionals in the fields of media and communication. In addition, you will be working with carefully selected external clients on media and communication projects.

The course is designed to build your creative, critical and research skills year on year, as well as your ability to put ideas into writing and practice.

Creative Entrepreneurship is a vital part of Years Three and Four. You’ll learn skills and approaches that will enhance your business-sense and employability. Many of our students have gone on to create their own successful companies and we have an in-house Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) to help you get your enterprise up and running.

Modules

Year One

Media Industries 1
Studying Media and Communications
Media Analysis
Digital Content Creation
Media Production: Skills and Techniques
Media Production: Video Project

Year Two

Media Industries 2
Popular Media Cultures
Media Client Project
Media Campaigning
Media Production: Digital Storytelling
Media Production: Online Journalism

Year Three

Media, Politics & Society
Independent Research Project
Persuasive Communication
Creative Entrepreneurship: Media and Film
plus two options

Year Four

Modernity on Screen
Industry-based Learning
Dissertation
Plus two options

Year Three and Four options may include:

Video Production
Screenwriting
Playwriting
Playwriting 2
Photography and Visual Culture
Television Drama
Storytelling in Convergent Media
The American West in Popular Culture
Video Essay
Scotland on Screen
Film Festivals
Problematic: Criticism, Culture and Social Justice
The Only Way is Ethics: Art, Participation and Ethics
Communication, Arts and Activism
Journalism and Global Change
Food, Film and Media

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

Assessment methods

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, individual work and group work. The assessment strategy uses a range of methods to support your academic and professional development. These include: essays, reports, presentations, online discussions/postings, exams, reflective diaries, e-portfolios, and content production for different media such as video, photography, website, blogs, posts and tweets

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,500
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Margaret University

Department:

School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

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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.

77%
med
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

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

55%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
21%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section 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

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Media, journalism and communications

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

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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