Media and Cultural Studies (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code LP64
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Communication & Media Studies

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • Access to Digital Media Studio and specialist equipment

  • Joint 6th for Graduate Prospects (Communication and Media Studies), Guardian University Guide (2023)

Why Lancaster?

  • Prepare for media jobs of the future by exploring how the industry is evolving
  • Learn from experts shaping conversation on everything from reality TV show regulations to the Royal Family
  • Combine expert knowledge with practical skills and experience with this distinctive media and culture course
  • Shape your study – you’ll have the freedom to examine the areas of media that spark your interest
  • Get involved with our student media societies to gain experience outside the classroom

Media shapes who we are, what we think and what we value. At Lancaster, we’ve created a course where expertise meets practical skills. New technology and new platforms mean you’ll be preparing for careers in the creative sector and digital journalism that didn’t even exist until recently.

Bring ideas to life

We know it’s important for you to understand the way media is changing, but you also need to be able to apply this knowledge to succeed in this competitive industry. Whatever fascinates you will influence what you create on this course, whether that’s short films, digital content and podcasts, or any media relevant to today’s world.

We’ll look at how media is produced and consumed to help you become a better creator, as well as studying the social, economic and political dimensions of this industry on a global scale. You’ll look at practices and platforms in the ever-changing media landscape to make you aware of the challenges facing professionals.

Your platform, your voice

Our research influences real world conversations. You’ll be learning from experts who testify for parliamentary enquiries, run their own podcast series, or raise awareness of issues like gender inequality through their work.

When it comes to doing your dissertation, you’ll follow in their footsteps. You can complete your dissertation either via writing about research you have carried out or via media practice. Either way, we’ll expect you to thoroughly research your topic and the intended audience. We’ll encourage you to let your imagination run wild! Past students have created music albums, board games and even a multimedia cookbook.

Careers

Roles like digital content creator didn’t even exist a couple of decades ago, and platforms like Patreon have changed the way we consume media. What comes next is unknown, but you’ll have the skills you need to adapt to whatever challenges you face.

Your analysis, research, presentation and writing skills will be valuable to employers across a range of areas. If you want to be your own boss, you’ll have the foundation of knowledge you need to create your own media company.

Our graduates find rewarding roles in:

  • Digital journalism
  • Social media
  • Creative sectors
  • Publishing
  • Advertising and marketing

This course also provides a strong basis for diverse types of postgraduate study, including areas like television production or teaching.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you 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 activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Media and Cultural Studies and what you'll study.

Media and Cultural Studies subject guide

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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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