Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Newcastle provides you with an understanding of how information is created, managed, promoted, circulated and consumed.
We offer an academically rigorous study of media and culture, without focusing on one particular communication medium that may be eclipsed by future technology.
You also develop the professional skills required for a career in the communications industry – someone able to apply critical thinking and theoretical knowledge, carry out practical evaluations, and offer imaginative solutions through high-quality verbal, visual and written communication.
The quality of our degree is reflected in a number of independent ratings, including a 100 per cent overall satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2012.
The University has a highly active student media scene, with opportunities to develop industry-relevant skills. Our weekly student newspaper, The Courier, was recently awarded Student Publication of the Year in The Guardian student media awards. We also have excellent links with the local media and cultural industries.
This degree covers three distinct areas of study. This provides you with the opportunity to explore the generation, circulation and production of information through a wide range of approaches.
The quality of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree at Newcastle is recognised by our ranking in the major league tables.
We are ranked first in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2014 and third in The Complete University Guide 2014.
We also achieved an impressive 90 per cent overall student satisfaction score in the National Student Survey 2013, ranking us eighth in the UK.
Media is a research intensive subject, and our academics are constantly exploring new ideas and methods in media, to ensure your programme is of the highest quality. Our research themes include the following areas:
Our research feeds into our teaching material, giving you the chance to learn from experts who are at the forefront of their subject areas.
Teaching is through lectures, seminars, and regular one-to-one tutorials. In Stage 3 you undertake a research project that accounts for one third of your time.
You are expected to produce 10 pieces of written work each semester. This rises to 12 in Stages 2 and 3. The degree has no formal end of year examinations. Instead, you are assessed through a variety of methods including data collection portfolios, essays, presentations, in-class tests, events management experiences and online submissions. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
UK and EU students have the chance to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange as part of their degree.
As a media student at Newcastle, you will join a vibrant community in the School of Arts and Cultures. You will be part of a small course cohort, which helps to foster close links between staff and students.
The University enjoys a highly active student media scene where you can develop skills relevant to the media industry, including:
There is an emerging, vibrant media industry in the city which is being fuelled by skilled graduates, and we have good links with the local media and cultural industries.
Learning practical skills aimed at a career in the media alongside the opportunity to engage in debates around cultural theory struck me as an irresistible combination.