Media and Cultural Studies


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Full time 1 year, Part time 2 years


Why Lancaster?

  • Contribute to a changing multimedia environment by exploring the unique balance between theory and practice in our programme
  • Stand out with employers by gaining an in-depth understanding of the latest changes in media culture, and developing your own innovative ideas
  • Be inspired by our lecturers who create podcasts, advise the government and give expert commentary on television and radio
  • Use our hi-tech digital media equipment for your practical assessments
  • Take part in our end of year Media Showcase and impress the audience with your creativity

Media culture is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies, platforms and organisations emerge while others are threatened with extinction. What are the implications? What specialist skills do you need to develop?

At the heart of digital innovation

On our programme, you’ll look at the culture, society and theories that bring new ideas to the media industry. You’ll explore issues around digital technology and identity, develop high-level skills in critical analysis and get hands-on experience in areas like digital journalism and visual storytelling.

Some modules include practical assessment such as creating a video or documentary, where you’ll consider the theory behind what you produce. It’s this combination of knowledge and skills that employers find so valuable – and that puts you in a prime position to work in this exciting and rapidly changing industry.

Great resources to hand

Our academics contribute to the public debate on key issues in media culture, so you can be confident you’ll be part of a vibrant community at the forefront of the latest thinking. Plus, you’ll have access to the latest digital media equipment to help you complete your practical coursework.

To help you make the most out of the course, you’ll also be given a personal academic tutor to discuss your progress on a one-to-one basis.


Our programme will develop your skills in critical thinking and creative production to prepare you for a wide range of careers in the media and cultural sector. By developing an appreciation of the practical and theoretical side of the business, you’ll have the kind of experience that is in demand.

Previous graduates have followed careers in:

  • Digital journalism
  • Publishing
  • PR and marketing
  • Research

Companies are keen to take postgraduates who’ve developed an understanding of why media and culture are changing as they know they’ll benefit from fresh ideas and innovation.

Our MA will also give you a good base if you want to go on to do further study with a research degree (PhD). However, you might decide you want to set up your own media organisation.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant social science.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 7.0, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.


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Fees and funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
Home £11,500 £5,750
International £23,875 £11,935

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Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2024/2025 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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