BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media

Film and media are central to individual identities, local and national cultures and to globalised political and economic spheres. The film and media degree examines these topics from the perspective of the academic disciplines of film studies and media studies.

Combining academic enquiry with opportunity for practical production, this course prepares you for a variety of careers, and includes a study abroad opportunity*.

Why QMU?

  • Staff have presented films and academic papers at festivals and conferences across the world. Walid Salhab’s Kelpies film, for example, premièred in New York as part of Scotland Week.
  • Students’ films are exhibited annually at an end-of-year show at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.
  • Specialist facilities are available to students including digital editing suites.
  • There is an opportunity for practical production work.



About the course

This course focuses on the critical study of the film and media industries and their products and enables you to enter a variety of careers.

The course offers you the opportunity to study in-depth film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. It develops your critical understanding of the growth of the media industries, historically and globally, and the centrality of film to popular cultures. You will acquire and develop skills in video and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication. Many of these skills will be transferable to your career after graduation. In the first two years you will study a range of modules which will introduce you to key developments in film and media, and key concepts in film and media studies – eg developments like the emergence of cinema and the establishment of national broadcasting systems, and concepts like narrative, popular culture and citizenship.

In Years Three and Four you choose specialist film and media options in, for example, television drama, screenwriting, and photography. In Year Four you complete a written or production dissertation. Production dissertations can be in video, photography or screenwriting.



 You can opt to study for an honours degree over four years or an ordinary degree over three years. You will complete a range of modules each year as outlined.



Year One modules

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Media Industries
  • Narrative and Representation
  • Media Production 1
  • Media Consumption

Year Two modules

  • Film and Creativity
  • Media and Popular Culture
  • Film Genre
  • Media and Democracy
  • Media Production 2
  • Working in the Media

Year Three modules

  • Contemporary Hollywood, Media, Culture and Society and Research
  • Independent Research Project
  • plus three options (indicative options are listed under Year Four)

Year Four modules

  • Modernity on Screen
  • Dissertation
  • plus three options from: Video Production/ Screenwriting/ Media Events/ New Enterprise Creation/ Playwriting 2/ Creative Entrepreneurship/ Photography & Visual Culture/ Film and the Family/ Popular Music/ Photography Practice/ Storytelling in Convergent Media/ Television Drama/ Experiential Learning

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019 following the next revalidation. Please check the website for any updates.




Exchange opportunities*

In Year Three you have the opportunity to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see www.qmu.ac.uk/study-here/international-students/exchanges-and-study-abroad/

*Subject to availability



Possible areas of graduate employment include film and television production, media research, PhD and academic research, public relations, marketing, advertising, arts and cultural management. Graduates have gained employment with a variety of media and cultural organisations, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse, Channel 4, and the Leith Agency.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBB

A Level: BCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.

Required subjects: English, Media Studies, or Film Studies preferred at Higher/A level or equivalent. Maths and English at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level are preferred.

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications and /or experience.

Direct Entry:

Year Two

  • HNC: HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit
  • Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
  • A Level: BBB in relevant subjects

Year Three

  • HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units

 For details of related HNC and HND courses, see www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.




Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website


Course Overview

3/4 years
Start Date
September 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management
Fees & Funding

Engage with the Team

A Student Story - more at foot of page

Michael Grant - BA/BA (Hons) Film and Media "The most interesting part of the course was the film production modules... The film department was a great resource and allowed us to gain a lot of experience making films out with our course work." Read my story...