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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    15th January/October

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    Compared to some of our other media-related courses, this course has much more emphasis on theory. Core modules include ‘Media Studies’, ‘Cultural Theory’ and ‘Language and Power’.

    In addition you will choose from a wide range of optional modules. Examples of theory-based modules include ‘Sexual Cultures’, ‘Popular TV Genres’ and ‘Black Popular Culture’.

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

    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 Part-time, Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
    • Language and Culture
    • Introduction to Academic Research Skills

    Optional modules:

    • The Cultural Representations of Women
    • Popular TV Genres
    • Introduction to Film Analysis
    • History of the Press
    • History of the Cinema
    • Language in Childhood 1
    • Introduction to Cyberculture
    • Introduction to Film Studies

    Further optional modules:

    • Motion Narratives
    • Radio Production
    • Live Radio Production
    • Journalism
    • Print Journalism
    • The Television Studio
    • Video Production
    • History of Broadcasting
    • Public Relations Practice
    • Photography
    • New Media Production

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Media Studies 1
    • Language and Power
    • Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 1
    • Academic Research Skills

    Optional modules:

    • The Making of Popular Culture
    • Power, Politics and the Media
    • Media and Disability
    • Researching Audiences
    • Radio Studies
    • Culture and Consumption
    • Sexual Cultures
    • Language and the Media
    • Language in Childhood 2

    Further optional modules:

    • Media Law
    • Reporting Public Affairs
    • Feature Writing and Magazine Journalism
    • Radio Journalism 1
    • Print Journalism 1
    • Video Production 1
    • Radio Production 1
    • Television Studio Operations 1
    • Live Radio and Commercial Production
    • New Media Production 1
    • Website Production with Video
    • TV Documentary Production
    • Screenwriting for TV and Film
    • Factual Research and Development for TV
    • American Film and Society
    • Film Theory and Criticism
    • British Cinema to 1980
    • An Introduction to Multimedia
    • Documentary Photography
    • Placement
    • Public Relations Practice
    • Public Relations Strategy

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • Dissertation & Research Methods (or) Media Project
    • Media Studies 2

    Optional modules:

    • Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 2
    • Science Fiction and Fantasy Television

    Further optional modules:

    • Cultural Studies Special Topic
    • Film Studies Special Topic
    • Popular Music: Histories, Theories, Performance
    • Body, Media & Culture
    • Film, Horror and the Body
    • Hitchock
    • Film & Feeling: Music, Performance, Genre
    • Documentary Production 2
    • Television Documentary Production 2
    • Television Studio Operations 2
    • Screenwriting for TV & Film 2
    • Advanced Digital Post Production
    • Advanced New Media Production for Interactive Multi Platform Content
    • Digital Film Production 2
    • Digital Fictional Film
    • Moving Camera 2
    • Radio Broadcasting
    • Radio Drama
    • Radio Documentary and Feature Production
    • Media Project
    • Practical Project – Video
    • Media Ethics
    • Advanced Public Relations
    • Multi-Platform News
    • Arts, Entertainments & Games Journalism
    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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      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

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