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First year Media and Cultural Studies at Lancaster

The transition from school to university is exciting but can also be daunting. Our first year courses are designed to support you in developing university-level research and writing skills, with academic support available when you need it.

Interested in media and culture, but also in film, marketing, sociology, politics or history? One of the unique aspects of taking a degree at Lancaster is the flexibility you have to choose the subjects that will make up your degree.

This flexibility applies not only to the modules that you can choose within your degree scheme, but also the structure of your course, particularly in the first year. If you are taking Media and Cultural Studies as a single major degree, then in your first year your courses would include:

  • Transformations: From Mass Media to Social Media (full year module)
  • An option of your choice inside or outside of the Department (full year module)
  • An option of your choice inside or outside of the Department (full year module)

If you are taking Media and Cultural Studies as a joint major degree with Film, then in your first year your courses would include:

  • Transformations: From Mass Media to Social Media (full year module)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (full year module)
  • An option of your choice inside or outside of the Department (full year module)

Whilst you will decide upon your degree or joint degree when applying for university, you don’t have to decide upon any further optional courses until after you arrive on campus to study. After successfully completing your first year, you can then choose which subjects to continue and which to drop.

Find further details on modules.

Your full year module

The Part 1 course for your Media and Cultural Studies degree will be Transformations: From Mass Media to Social Media.

Benefits of our flexible first year

Explore a unique combination of interests that boost your CV and makes you stand out in the job market.

Keep your options open if you are unsure which degree you want to take. After your first year you might continue with your original choice of degree or change to a different subject or combination.

 

Experiment with subjects you haven’t studied before. Marks in the first year don’t count towards your final classification, you have the freedom to explore.

 

First year options within the Department include:

Other options for study

Experiment with subjects you haven’t studied before. Marks in the first year don’t count towards your final classification, so you have the freedom to explore.

Popular first year options outside of the Department include:

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • The Arts and Culture in Modernity
  • Marketing (additional entry requirements apply)
  • English Literature (additional entry requirements apply)

Gender and Women's Studies Pathway

By taking Gender and Women’s Studies you’ll have the option of continuing study in this area. We offer a range of optional modules like Gender, Sexuality and Society, Gender and Media, or Feminism and Social Change and you can write your dissertation on a related topic. You can choose to study gender-related modules from other departments too, such as English, History, Linguistics, and Law. You’ll receive acknowledgment of completing this pathway when you graduate.