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This very popular academically rigorous degree not only provides a sound foundation in social studies, but also enables you to develop an understanding of the ways that contemporary media relate to culture and to society. You can combine studying the politics of culture with studying cinema, or learn the critical thinking skills of philosophy and apply them to understanding modern media and culture. There are modules that emphasise linguistic approaches to media, the relationship between culture and society, new media and the politics of mass media.
What makes us who we are? Clearly our genes and the situation we grew up in are very important but so, increasingly, is the culture into which we have been socialised. Culture includes talk and the way people act and interact in a society - not only the rituals and ceremonies distinctive to a particular society's culture but also the tastes, lifestyles and fashions that we may think of as part of our individual identity.
During the twentieth century we saw a massive increase in 'mediated culture' - the images, talk, ideas and writing communicated to us through the electronic media. The cultural sphere of face-to-face interaction and print media that dominated during the nineteenth century was extended during the twentieth to include radio, cinema, television, recorded music and magazines. And over the last thirty years computer technology has extended all these media still further, especially via the internet that enables us to send and receive messages of all types: sound, image, text and a mix of all three. Together these media have become a major feature of the culture of contemporary society and have reshaped our political life and how all manner of social relations and cultural values are established and maintained.
Why study Society, Culture and Media at UEA?
UEA has now become a major academic centre for the study of culture and media, and this innovative programme, introduced in September 2002, brings together research and teaching expertise in sociology, socio-linguistics, film and television studies and political science. You will study core units such as Culture and Society and those that develop research skills but you will also be able to choose from a range of options including units such as, Cinema since 1960, Constructing the News, Consumer Cultures, Contemporary Social Identities, Discourse Analysis, Economics of Film and TV, European Media: News and Documentary, Interpreting Modernity, Introduction to European Cinema, Key issues in film studies, Language and Politics, Politics and Mass Media, Politics and Popular Culture, Sociology of the Body, Visual Culture and Television sitcom.
This degree programme is not designed to provide technical or professional media training but to give you the sort of knowledge and ideas that could set you on a wide variety of careers including those in the leisure and cultural industries. As well as developing a range of transferable skills, on completion of the degree you will have an understanding of how culture and media shape modern societies that will enhance your abilities to contribute to cultural change as a citizen.
Detailed Course FactsApplication deadline January 15 Tuition fee
- EUR 10560 Year (EEA)
- EUR 14430 Year (Non-EEA)
Fees (home/EU) £9,000; Fees (international) £12,300Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
You will be introduced to key debates in media and cultural studies. Compulsory modules including Understanding Media Cultures; Media, Society and Power; Social and Political Theory; and Analysing Film and Television will provide you with a foundation in theoretical debates and a foundational knowledge of basic research methods. You have the opportunity to benefit from the interdisciplinary culture of the University and select a small number of media and culture related modules from other Schools, including Film and Television Studies, Languages and Philosophy.
You have the opportunity to engage in more advanced debates about social and cultural theory and you will be able to study more advanced research methods. All students on this course take our modules Power and Society and Methods of Social Research, but are then free to choose from a wide range of modules in media and culture, which in previous years has included The Media and Identity; Politics and Mass Media; New Media and Society; Television Genre; Animation; and The Politics of Language.
You also have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad. See page 3 for more information.
You have the opportunity to take a focused look at more specialist areas of academic research. You will apply your learning in research projects of your own and have the option of writing a final year dissertation. If you want to experience what it means to produce a research report for a member of parliament or a think tank, you have the opportunity to apply for a place on our parliamentary research programme. If you want to gain some experience in aspects of media production, you can choose our optional module Broadcast Journalism. Module choices in previous years included Politics and Popular Culture; Analysing Media Discourses; Multiculturalism; Sound and Society; and Consumer Culture and Society. You will also have the opportunity to select some specialist modules from other Schools at the University.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 88
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
- A Level: ABB
- International Baccalaureate: 32
- Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
- Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB
- Access Course: Please contact the university for further information.
- HND: Please contact the university for further information.
- European Baccalaureate: 75%
Students for whom English is a Foreign language
We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
- PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.
We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.
If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above, then please contact university directly for further information.
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.
For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference.
We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.
No work experience is required.
- Academic Excellence Scholarship
"The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."
- Access Bursary
Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.
- Alumni Bursary
Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students
* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of East Anglia.
The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of Political, Social and International Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.