Media Studies BA(Hons)

2021-22 (also available for 2022-23)

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Start date

20 September 2021

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

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About the course

Media and communication are at the heart of our culture, society and democracy. We get our news from TV and Twitter in moments of crisis, rely on the cinema and streaming for entertainment, and connect using social media.

You’ll learn a blend of analytical, creative and technical skills, so you can become an expert in understanding and using the media.

We’ve created this degree to reflect the many different media careers you can follow. This means you can tailor your studies to pursue what you’re really passionate about, from celebrity to gaming culture.

Why study Media Studies at Huddersfield?

  • You’ll be supported by our world-leading experts, who do cutting-edge research into the media of today – and tomorrow.
  • Get hands-on with our industry-standard studios, equipment and software, as you create media content you can be proud of.
  • Our wide range of optional modules means you can choose your own adventure with us.
  • Work experience opportunities give you the chance to focus on the career you want.

If you want to thrive in our digital world, you need to understand how the media operates and know to make great content: our Media Studies degree gives you exactly that. All the staff here at Huddersfield are passionate about what we do, and we’ll challenge you to do your best work - while you explore what you’re most interested in.

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Ben Litherland, Course Leader for Media Studies

Course detail

Core modules:

Analysing Content

Here we take you inside how to analyse the media we consume, from the biggest Hollywood movies to memes and gifs. You will develop the tools to help you understand the interplay of form and content. The module introduces you to key concepts in the study of media texts, allowing you to analyse narrative and genre across different media and platforms.

Media Users, Audiences and Fans

No matter what area of media you want to work in, you can be sure your audience won’t just be sitting back and letting your content wash over them. They can access it on devices large and small, and won’t be shy about participating in the debate. This module introduces you to the study of media audiences, and helps you understand the context of media convergence.

Digital Communication Technology

Your phone screen may be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you check at night, and in this module we look at the role of technology in shaping our world. We combine critical analysis of key platforms and technologies, from Google and YouTube to Facebook and Twitter, with teaching you the skills to use those tools to create professional media content.

Digital Video and Audio Production

Getting behind the camera and the microphone is a dream career for many. This module is where you start to make those dreams a reality. We’ll take you through how to use industry-standard cameras and digital recorders to capture video and audio, and then Adobe editing software to turn that raw material into crafted pieces.

Media Writing and Narrative

Telling stories is at the heart of all kinds of media jobs, from music reviewing to influencer marketing. Here we help you improve your writing, so you’re comfortable researching and writing pieces in a range of styles. Analysing professional examples will help you get a handle on what you’ll be aiming to match as your skills develop.

Option modules:

Choose one from a list which may include:

News Industries and Law

Journalism has changed dramatically, even in your short lifetimes. We help you make sense of the shifts in the news business, to help set you up for a career behind the headlines. And there’s an all-important guide on how to stay out of trouble, with guidance on legal topics such as contempt of court, defamation and copyright.

Sports Media Industries and Law

Sport has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. This module helps give you the tools to study the sports media industries, a world in which leagues and clubs are doing just as much media production as broadcasters and websites. You’ll also learn about making sure you stay on the right side of the law when working in sports media.

Platforms, Internet Industries and Law

The major platforms are not just the biggest internet companies in the world, but the biggest companies full stop. This module provides you with an introduction to the key theories, concepts and methods to help you understand internet industries. You’ll also reflect on laws and policies as they relate to online platforms and content producers.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level  

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Applicants with prior learning or prior experiential learning will be considered individually by the School of Music, Humanities and Media Accreditation and Validation Panel, to assess whether it is appropriate to grant general or specific credit towards the course.

Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


Our Media Studies degree includes two exciting placement opportunities. Students are encouraged to undertake a full professional training year in Year 3. We support our students in finding suitable placement opportunities in the Media Industry and beyond. During the placement years you are supported by an academic tutor and will build professional experience invaluable for your final year of study and graduate career alike.

All students not undertaking a full placement year study our final year compulsory placement module that gives you the chance to put your skills into practice in a short placement. This could be a few weeks with a newspaper, broadcaster or production company, or one day a week over several months in the busy media office of a company, professional sports club, or public sector organisation.

Previous placement providers have included the BBC and independent TV companies, a variety of radio stations and newspapers and magazines, along with leading public relations companies and social media agencies.

For more information visit our placements page

Huddersfield was the only University that let me tailor my degree to what I wanted to learn. It is a wonderful place to study and the lecturers really support you.

lauren fell

Lauren Fell, Media and Popular Culture BA(Hons)

Your career


Media, creative and cultural sectors are one of the biggest and fastest growing in the UK. This degree will provide you with a combination of creative, technical and analytical skills for a variety of careers and roles in a rapidly developing digital economy.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 17/18, UK domiciled graduates).

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield is home to one of Europe's leading centres for the study of participatory culture, fans and popular media. The Centre for Participatory Culture brings together preeminent researchers in the study of popular culture with specialism such as screen industries and branding, media sport in the digital age, music festivals and music tourism, science fiction fandom, Regional Reality TV Drama, identity and globalisation, and the rise of fandom and anti-fandom in politics. The centre also explores the rise of digital media technologies and platforms, including social media and their impact on media industries and media representations, including on forms of journalism. We also assess the role of these technologies in changes to political participation and democracy.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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