BA/BA (Hons) Media and Communications
Our Media and Communications course will engage you in creative, collaborative and professional ways of thinking, researching and working. The degree emphasises studying the media and understanding the importance of creative communication skills in this exciting and dynamic sector.
We live in a world where everyone joins in media debates and many people are content creators, but how do you differentiate yourself, and your professional skills, in this field? On this new course you’ll study media theory while gaining the creative, practical and collaborative skills you’ll need to establish a career in tomorrow’s global, digitally networked world.
- Learn real-world skills from experienced media and communications professionals and combine that with rigorous academic skills which will be of value to you throughout your career.
- We keep our student numbers lower than many other universities; therefor our staff can better get to know your interests, strengths and areas for development. You will find you build good collaborative relationships with students working in a range of other subjects.
- Build the confidence to stand on your own business feet with our Creative Entrepreneurship modules.
About the course
What media and communications knowledge and skills will you need for the many roles that require them in the fast-moving world of work? You will study theories of media and communications and debate the role of media in economics, politics and society. You will look at the role of publicity, propaganda and social campaigning, and you will learn about the artistic and creative digital work that shapes the societies we live in.
You will also put this theoretical understanding into action, although this is not a dedicated production course, it does have a production strand that focuses on video, audio and online content creation. You will develop your writing, management and team skills needed to produce imaginative and creative work of a high standard. During your degree you will be meeting and learning from media professionals in the fields of media and communication. In addition, you will be working with carefully selected external clients on media and communication projects.
The course is designed to build your creative, critical and research skills year on year, as well as your ability to put ideas into writing and practice. Creative Entrepreneurship is a vital part of Years Three and Four. You will learn skills and approaches that will enhance your business-sense and employability. Many of our students have gone on to create their own successful companies and we have an in-house Business Innovation Zone (BIZ to help you get your enterprise up and running.
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.
- Media and Communications Industries
- Studying Media and Communications
- Media Analysis
- Digital Content Creation
- Media Production: Skills and Techniques
- Media Production: Video Project
- Disruption in Media and Cultural Industries
- Popular Media Cultures
- Media Client Project
- Media Campaigning
- Media Production: Digital Storytelling
- Media Production: Online Journalism
- Media, Politics & Society
- Independent Research Project
- Persuasive Communication
- Creative Entrepreneurship: Media and Film
- plus two options
- Modernity on Screen
- Industry-based Learning
- plus two options
Year Three and Four options may include:
- Communicating in Organisational Settings
- Communication, Arts and Activism
- Experiential Learning Placement
- Film Festivals
- Global Journalism
- Photography and Visual Culture
- Photography Practice
- Playwriting/Playwriting 2
- Political Communication
- Popular Music
- Radio and Audio Media
- Reputation Issues and Crisis Management
- Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
- Scotland on Screen
- International PR
- Student Initiated Module
- Television Drama
- The American West in Popular Culture
- The Video Essay
- Video Production
- The Only Way is Ethics
The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2022. Please check back here for any updates.
Teaching, learning and assessment
You will learn through lectures, seminars, individual work and group work. The assessment strategy uses a range of methods to support your academic and professional development. These include: essays, reports, presentations, online discussions/postings, exams, reflective diaries, e-portfolios and content production for different media such as video, photography, website, blogs, posts and tweets.
Work-based learning opportunities will help you build your theoretical studies into invaluable real-world skills.
In Year Three you have the opportunity (subject to availability) to study for one semester at a university overseas. For more information, see Exchanges and Study Abroad.
On December 24th 2020, the UK Government announced that as an outcome of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom would not be seeking to participate in the Erasmus+ successor programme.
From 2022/23 Queen Margaret University will no longer operate under the Erasmus+ scheme. Over the coming year we will be working with new and existing partners on study abroad and exchange opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year and beyond.
This course will equip you with skills in media content creation, research, writing and communication, as well as team work and management skills. These are important for a wide range of roles such as content creation, client liaison and creative entrepreneurship. You could work in the media industries, arts management, the cultural and creative sectors or communications industries. In addition, companies in a wider range of fields are constantly looking for fresh content; they want to tell their own stories and communicate compellingly through the media with their potential customers.
Scottish Higher: Standard - BBBB, Minimum - BBCC
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 or Media Studies preferred at Higher/A level or equivalent. English required and Maths preferred at Nat 5/GCSE.
Mature/Access: Related Access course, see: www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications and/or experience.
- HNC/HND in a related subject with B/CB in the graded unit
- Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher
- A Level: BBB in relevant subjects
- 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
Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables
For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.
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The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
Teaching staff may be subject to change.