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  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
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  • English

    15th January/October

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    Compared to some of our other media-related courses, this course has more emphasis on theory. Core modules include ‘Film Theory and Criticism’, ‘History of Cinema’ and ‘Media Studies’.

    In addition you will choose from a wide range of optional modules. Examples of theory-based modules include ‘European Film and Society’, ‘Film, Horror and the Body’ and ‘Power, Politics and the Media’.

    Other optional modules are much more focused on practical skills or areas of particular interest. Examples include ‘Video Production’, ‘Print Journalism’ and ‘Hitchcock’.

    The University is a very supportive environment and we encourage you to develop your own opinions and creativity.

    During the course you will build up degree-level knowledge and skills of critical analysis and independent judgement. You will also develop expertise in academic research, particularly through writing a dissertation on a subject-relevant topic of your choice.

    Our teaching is enriched by Sunderland’s cutting-edge research. We host the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 65% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Film Studies (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Academic Research Methods (10 Credits)
    • History of Cinema (10 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose at least three):

    • Contemporary Cinema (10 Credits)
    • Popular TV Genres (10 Credits)
    • Introduction to Radio (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Video (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Journalism (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Photography (20 credits)
    • Introduction to the Television Studio (10 Credits)
    • Introduction to New Media Production (20 Credits)
    • History of Broadcasting (20 Credits)
    • Language and the Media (20 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Media Studies 1 (20 Credits)
    • Film Theory and Criticism (20 Credits)
    • Academic Research Skills (10 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose at least one):

    • American Film and Society (20 Credits)
    • European Film and Society (20 Credits)
    • British Cinema (20 Credits)
    • Animated Film (20 Credits)

    Further optional modules (choose up to three):

    • Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 1 (20 Credits)
    • The Making of Popular Culture (10 Credits)
    • Media Law (20 Credits)
    • Language and Power (20 Credits)
    • Sexual Cultures (10 Credits)
    • Power, Politics and the Media (10 Credits)
    • Cybercultures (10 Credits)
    • Documentary Photography (20 Credits)
    • Print Journalism 1 (20 Credits)
    • Video Production 1 (20 Credits)
    • Radio Production 1 (20 Credits)
    • Photography 2 (20 Credits)
    • Live Radio and Commercial Production (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Multimedia (20 Credits)
    • Television Studio Operations 1 (20 Credits)
    • New Media Production 1 (20 Credits)
    • Placement 1 (10 Credits)
    • Placement 2 (10 credits)

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • Media Studies 2 (20 Credits)
    • Dissertation (40 Credits)

    Optional modules (choose at least one):

    • Film Studies Special Topic (10 Credits)
    • Asian Cinema (20 Credits)
    • Film, Horror and The Body (20 Credits)
    • Hitchcock (20 Credits)

    Further optional modules (choose up to four):

    • Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 2 (20 Credits)
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy Television (20 Credits)
    • Media Studies Special Topic (10 Credits)
    • Popular Culture Special Topic (10 Credits)
    • Body, Media and Culture (10 Credits)
    • Popular Music: Histories, Theories, Performers and Genres (10 Credits)
    • Race, Identity and Culture (10 Credits)
    • Language and Gender (20 Credits)
    • Media Ethics (20 Credits)
    • Special Topic in Radio (10 Credits)
    • TV Studio Operations 2 (20 Credits)
    • Print Journalism 2 (20 Credits)
    • Radio Production 2 (20 Credits)
    • Photography 3 (20 Credits)
    • New Media Production 2 (20 Credits)
    • Practical Project (40 Credits)
    Part-time study

    If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    Other acceptable qualifications:

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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