pql0 - Media, Communication &Cultural Studies BA

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies BA Honours

UCAS Code: PQL0 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

We offer an academically rigorous study of media and culture, covering three distinct areas: media, cultural studies and professional practice.


At a Glance


UCAS Institution Name and Code

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 34 points

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You will study the generation, circulation and promotion of information, and explore the role the media plays in shaping culture, identity and interpersonal communications.

In addition, you develop a range of professional skills to equip you for a career in the communications industry, in areas such as:

  • journalism
  • public relations
  • film-making
  • marketing

You can also get hands-on experience in print and broadcast media with Newcastle University's Guardian-award-winning student media scene.

This degree is consistently voted one of the best in the UK in the major university league tables.

Highlights of this degree

Meet Shaun from United Kingdom

The course provides a fantastic theoretical base, and has been ranked number one by The Guardian on many occasions. More importantly, student radio, TV, and an award-winning newspaper allow you to pursue your practical interests for fun in your own time.

Shaun, Media, Communication & Cultural Studies
Photograph of student that studied this course.

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You take one or both of the modules below:

You may select one module from the list below:

Stages 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You will take at least 40 credits from List 1 and 40 credits from List 2:

List 1

*It is recommended if selecting MCH2080 that students studying this module outside of MCH have a background in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. 

List 2

*This module has pre-requisites 

You can only take a maximum of 40 credits of non‐MCH modules in total from the above two lists.

With the approval of the Degree Programme Director, you may spend Semester 1 studying abroad, in which case you will take the following module, subject to an overall selection of modules with the Module Leader.

Study Abroad (Year 3)

If you wish to spend a year abroad as part of your degree, you can do so in consultation with and at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director. This is mutually exclusive with the option in stage 2 for an Erasmus semester abroad, and is also subject to a threshold of at least 60% in the overall stage one average.

Placement Year (Year 3)

On completion of Stage 2 and before entering Stage 3, you may as part of your studies for the degree spend a year in a placement with an approved organisation. Permission to undertake a placement is subject to the approval of the Degree Programme Director. If you are required to re‐sit your Stage 2 assessment, you must delay the start of your placement until you have done so. If you fail Stage 2, you may not complete a placement year. 

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You choose two modules from the following list:

^You can only take one of these modules at Stage 3

*These modules have pre-requisites.  It is recommended if selecting MCH2080 that students studying these modules outside of MCH have a background in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies.

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Media, communication and cultural studies careers

    Media and communication courses focus on the communication of information across a variety of mediums and cover a broad range of subjects from the highly practical to the theoretical.

    You will develop a variety of skills that are extremely useful for employment, such as critical analysis, research, teamwork, flexibility, a creative and independent approach to tasks and the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines. You will be exposed to a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries, both from academic staff and media practitioners.

    If your aim is to work directly within the media industry it is important to build up a portfolio of work, gaining as much experience as possible. Examples include contributing to your university paper or other publications, or working for TV production or radio outlets, PR or advertising agencies. Persistence and motivation are vital due to the popularity of this sector.

    Careers in public relations, journalism, media planning, broadcasting and advertising are the most popular choices for media and communications graduates, however graduates with the ability to communicate information clearly and effectively will be beneficial to any organisation.

    Find out more about the career options for Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

    Fees & Funding



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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