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How mass media (TV, film, social media, advertising) is changing/questioning who we are.

Summary

Study Media Studies with English at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The mass media have an extraordinary influence on our daily lives and the way we view each other and the world around us. Examination and understanding of the ways in which the press, broadcasting, cinema and new media work is essential for the modern global citizen.

The Media Studies programme explores the multi-faceted role that the media play in social, cultural and political life. It thereby addresses the vital need for a broad humanities education that thoroughly examines the modern media of public communication from a range of perspectives. As such, the programme will produce media-literate citizens, as well as graduates with a range of intellectual and transferable skills appropriate to the demands of life and work in contemporary society.

Students on the Major programme will take four Media modules in each academic year and will be required to undertake a final year dissertation.

English as a minor supplements your Major Subject by enabling you to progress from a broad awareness into a critically informed knowledge of English literature. The minor allows you to studying both English Literatures historical range and depth but also its contemporary examples.

Built around a core of significant authors writing in English from Elizabethan times to the end of the Twentieth Century, from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, the English programme also provides the opportunity for you to follow your own interests through a wide range of optional modules. It is possible to follow strands on creative and professional writing, women’s writing and gender studies, and American literature; or select from modules on historical fiction, contemporary fiction, modern drama, love poetry, the Victorian novel, or Beat culture, to name just a few.

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About this course

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About

The mass media have an extraordinary influence on our daily lives and the way we view each other and the world around us. Examination and understanding of the ways in which the press, broadcasting, cinema and new media work is essential for the modern global citizen.

The Media Studies programme explores the multi-faceted role that the media play in social, cultural and political life. It thereby addresses the vital need for a broad humanities education that thoroughly examines the modern media of public communication from a range of perspectives. As such, the programme will produce media-literate citizens, as well as graduates with a range of intellectual and transferable skills appropriate to the demands of life and work in contemporary society.

Students on the Major programme will take four Media modules in each academic year and will be required to undertake a final year dissertation.

Taking English as a Minor will allow you to develop a critically-informed knowledge of English literature in its historical range and depth. Through the study of literature across different genres, you will hone the ability to analyse text and form critical arguments, both in spoken and written form. A Minor in English comprises 120 credits, made up of six modules per year (three each semester). These draw on extensive staff expertise and internationally-recognised research. In addition to compulsory modules, you can pursue your own interests through a range of optional modules including 'Restoration & 18th-century Literature’ in second year, or 'Words in Freedom: Modernist Revolution in Literature’ in third year, among others. A Minor in English ensures you are well-equipped for the wide variety of careers that require advanced communicative skills, including publishing, journalism and the media, public relations, the creative arts, marketing and retail, arts administration, and many sectors of the civil service. For more information on studying English at Ulster, view the course entry [http://study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus/course/201415/1855] or contact Dr Tim Hancock, tel: 028 7012 4551, email: tc.hancock@ulster.ac.uk

Structure & content

Media Studies is taught via lectures, screening and seminars. Students will take four modules each year from the list below and two from their minor subject.

Year 1
Media, Culture, Identity 1
Introduction to Hollywood Cinema
Media, Culture Identity 2
Photography and Visual Culture

Year 2
News and Journalism
History of Irish Photography
Television and Popular Culture
Mapping the City
Representation and Gender

Year3
Photography and the Mass Media
Irish and International DocumentaryResearch Methods
Written Dissertation
Britain and Ireland on Screen
Reporting International Conflict
From the Archive to the Internet

Full-time students studying English as a Minor are expected to complete 120 credits usually broken into six modules per year: three in each semester. Most modules offer 3 hours of teaching time per week (2 lectures and a seminar), plus additional contact time as required for tutorial consultation or general guidance. Independent reading and study, which will also be guided by module coordinators, is expected to occupy 13 hours per module per week. We endeavour to make lecture and seminar times convenient for those who have to travel far or who have part-time jobs.

English as a Minor in year 1 has two compulsory modules; ‘Elements of Criticism’ (Semester 1) and ‘Modes of Reading’ (Semester 2), designed to equip you with some basic tools of literary criticism and introduce important concepts of critical theory.

You can take four modules from your main subject or 2 modules from your main subject and 2 from a third subject.

English as a Minor in year 2 offers a wide range of optional modules in year 2 drawing on staff research and scholarship. Depending on staff availability and compulsory requirements, students studying English as a minor subject can choose two modules (one in semester 1, one in semester 2) from the following modules: Early Modern English Culture, Modern Critical Theory, Rhymes of Passion: Love Poetry, Sex and the City of God, Writing the North, Restoration & 18th-century Literature, Romantic Narrative, Modern Poetry, Gender and Creativity, Beat Literature and Culture, Angels, Madwomen and Whores or Modern British Fiction

English as a Minor in year 3 offers a wide range of optional modules in year 3 drawing on staff expertise, internationally recognised research and leading scholarship in the field. Depending on staff availability and compulsory requirements, students studying English as a minor subject can choose two modules (one in semester 1, one in semester 2) from the following modules: Words in Freedom: Modernist Revolution in Literature, Romantic Poetry and Theory, 19th-century American Literature, Adaptation and Historical Fiction, From the Vote to the Pill: Twentieth-century Women’s Writing, Twentieth-century Literature, The Victorian Novel, Twentieth-century American Literature, Body, Mind and Soul, Ulster-Scots Literary Tradition, Renaissance Drama 1485-1625

*Modules offered are Dependant on staff availability and compulsory requirements.

Associate awards

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Find out more about placement awards

Attendance

Three years (full-time). Four to six years part-time.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of BBC at A2.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

BTEC

Overall BTEC Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of 280 UCAS tariff points with DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units.

BTEC Diploma

The Diploma may be accepted in isolation or in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a B at A level with the Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points - see further below).

280 = Distinction*, Distinction* (To include 10 distinctions)

260 = Distinction, Distinction* (To include 9 distinctions)

240 = Distinction, Distinction (To include 8 distinctions)

200 = Distinction, Merit (To include 7 distinctions)

180 = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

160 = Merit, Merit (To include 10 merits)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA

The Subsidiary Diploma may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the total tariff points - see further below).

140 = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions)

120 = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions)

100 = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions)

80 = Merit (To include 5 merits)

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points based on an overall Irish Leaving Certificate minimum profile BBBCC at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of AAAA.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (A grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is 280 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum BBC.

Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final grade in the above grade profile (C grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by UCAS.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points to include 12 at higher level - 280 UCAS tariff points.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall average of 65-69% (280 UCAS tariff points).

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Overall pass in a related subject area, achieving merit or distinction in all of the 45 level 3 graded credits (plus English level 2 equivalences where required).

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants holding a HND should achieve 120 credits at level 5 including a minimum of:

2 distinctions, 2 merits and 4 passes (for entry to Year 1).

Applicants holding a HNC will be considered on an individual basis for year 1 entry.

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall average of 50% in second year modules for Year 1 entry.

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution) will be considered on an individual basis but should note that this process can be more difficult in subject combination programmes as both subjects must be satisfied.

Teaching and learning assessment

Students attend lectures, seminars and screenings and complete a range of assessments including essays, reports, presentations and blogs.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

Graduates in Media Studies are well prepared to go into a wide range of careers or further study. These degrees are intended as a broad preparation for working life and Media Studies offers a particularly exciting opportunity to study the role played in our lives by broadcasting, the press and the other powerful media of public communication.

Students completing a course with English as a minor are well equipped for undertaking postgraduate work in relevant areas of study. A degree containing a significant element of English equips you for the wide variety of careers that require advanced communicative skills, both written and oral, including publishing, journalism and the media, public relations, the creative arts, marketing and retail, arts administration, and many sectors of the civil service.

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs

Work placement / study abroad

Students will complete a short work placement in their second year.

If students are interested in studying abroad, they will be offered opportunities to attend partner institutions in Europe through the ERASMUS programme and the USA through the ISEP scheme. More information is available at:

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students/erasmus

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/outgoing-students/isep

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£3,925.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£6,000.00
International:
£12,890.00

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

For further information please contact Sally Quinn:

s.quinn@ulster.ac.uk

For admissions queries please contact arts@ulster.ac.uk

For more information on studying English at Ulster, view the BA Hons English course entry or contact Dr Tim Hancock, tel: 028 7012 4551, email: tc.hancock@ulster.ac.uk.

Testimonials

Patrick Auld
Patrick studied Media and Film, graduating in 2009 and currently works as independent filmmaker and videographer. Patrick has worked on productions for BBC, Film Four and Universal and has had his worked screened in the local film festival circuit.

"Although the Student life has it's social side, you have to maintain a good balance through your years of study. For my three years, to keep on top of things I would remember my deadlines, essential assignments and most importantly the big dissertation. Your level of commitment, creativity and focus are what matters and will ultimately determine your degree grade. Lecturers will always be patient and open your mind to other areas of interest you may not have known before."

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Matthew O'Neill
Matthew O'Neill received his BA Hons in Media with Film studies from Ulster University in 2011. Since then he has completed an MA in Film and Visual studies from Queens University of Belfast and attended the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality at San Francisco State University. He is an active Trans Ally whose research focus is primarily looking at the representation of the trans community within the United Kingdom and Ireland. He has just recently published a chapter on the use of YouTube videos and Trans Youth in an edited collection entitled Queer Youth and Media Cultures. He is currently in the process of applying for a PhD programme.

"A Media Degree from Ulster gave me the space to grow as a person, enabled me to think critically of the world around me and equipped me with a set of skills that can be taken to any workplace. Lecturers are attentive in their support and encouragement towards students, but understand the need to develop independent thought, a requisite for a University education."

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Dr Orla Lafferty

Orla Lafferty studied Media in combination with English and graduated in 2007. In 2013 she completed a PhD in Media studies based on an analysis of UTV's reporting of the Troubles. She has presented her findings at international conferences and published in her work in various media and cultural studies journals. She currently works on a diaspora project with Donegal County Council.

"Completing a B.A. Hons in English and Media Studies gave me a stong foundation in many skills including critical analysis, writing and research. My interest in research lead to me completing a PhD project within the film archive at Ulster Television. While conducting research I also learnt about the day-to-day running of a film archive and its value to the organisation, a truly worthwhile experience which has certainly enhanced my career prospects."

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