How mass media (TV, film, social media, advertising) is changing/questioning who we are.
Study Media Studies with History 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.
History as a minor supplements your major subject by enabling you to progress from a broad awareness into a more critically-informed appreciation of the past. History as a minor allows you to study a range of periods and geographies and enables you to critically assess relevant sources.
In each of the three years of study students take modules to the value of 120 credit points. By taking History as a minor you will develop a critically-informed knowledge of the history of a variety of time periods, themes and geographies. You will develop a critical awareness of historians’ arguments and an ability to construct you own arguments based on the informed use of sources, both primary and secondary.
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About this course
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Structure & content
Media, Culture, Identity 1
Introduction to Hollywood Cinema
Media, Culture Identity 2
Photography and Visual Culture
News and Journalism
History of Irish Photography
Television and Popular Culture
Mapping the City
Representation and Gender
Photography and the Mass Media
Irish and International Documentary
Britain and Ireland on Screen
Reporting International Conflict
From the Archive to the Internet
Three years (full-time). Four to six years part-time.
- September 2016
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs
Students completing a course with History as a minor subject are well equipped to undertake postgraduate work in relevant areas of study. They are also well equipped for employment in a wide variety of careers where priority is placed on communication skills and skills of analysis. These careers include journalism and the media, the creative arts and arts administration, marketing and the public service.
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:
Fees and funding
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Fees (per year)
- Northern Ireland & EU:
- England, Scotland & Wales:
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.
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."
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."
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."