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Full time 4 Year(s)
We live in a multicultural society and media-saturated world. Most of what we know about the world comes to us through the media – but how much do we know about the media? Whether as sources of information, producers of entertainment or modes of creative self-expression, contemporary media are all too seldom subject to intense scrutiny and critical interrogation, except during feverish moments of scandal, crisis or panic.
Our Media and Cultural Studies degree provides you with the theoretical insights, analytical skills and wide-ranging knowledge needed to explore the production, meaning and consumption of media and cultural products, to investigate their social, economic and political significance, and to recognise their key role in shaping who we are, what we think, and what we value.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
Our degree is primarily theoretical and analytical, but contains practical components and skills embedded within the core curriculum.
You will study core modules such as Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies and Critical Cultural Theory. You will also be able to select from a vast range of optional modules including Imagining the Future, Media in the Global Age and Consumer Culture and Advertising.
Our Media and Cultural Studies degree can be personalised to match your interests. Whether you want to explore diverse topics or can’t decide which subject to major in, our flexible degree helps you explore what you are passionate about.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.
We are proud that our graduates are very successful in gaining employment across a variety of careers, including roles in advertising, marketing and particularly in the media and creative sectors.
Skills such as critical analysis and comprehension, research, presentation and writing, can lead to many avenues of employment – from journalism and marketing to arts administration.
Our graduates have also gone on to further academic or vocational study in media-related careers, such as television production, or teaching.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.
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Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.