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PQL0 - Media, Communication and Cultural Studies

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies

BA Honours

  • UCAS code: PQL0
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
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This Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree allows you to explore the role media plays in shaping culture and society and prepares you for a career as a media professional.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £18600

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

This three-year Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree focuses on developing your professional skills. You'll also be encouraged to explore how media influences our culture, societies and identity, so you're ready for a career in the industry. 

Your learning is led by our renowned team of academics who are always exploring new ideas and methods to ensure your degree is of the highest quality. Their research feeds into your learning in areas such as: 

  • journalism
  • public relations
  • documentary film-making
  • marketing

You will explore the generation, circulation and production of information through media, communication and culture, so that you can find your own area of interest. 

You'll graduate as a highly skilled media professional, ready for a career across a variety of areas through the varied topics studied throughout your degree. 


Students interviewing a man in the Old Quadrangle

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.


Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.


In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

  • 3rd in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021 (Communications and Media category)
  • 7th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2020 (Media and Film Studies category)
  • joint 6th in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Communications and Media category)
  • ranked top 20 in the UK for overall student satisfaction – National Student Survey 2019 (Media Studies category)
  • top 200 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • over 80% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

You will explore the role the media plays in shaping culture, identity and interpersonal communications. You'll take a module in scholarly writing and research. You will also develop knowledge and skills in professional communication, journalism and multimedia technologies.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Introduction to Media Studies 20
Introduction to Scholarly Practice 20
Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies 20
Introduction to Professional Communication 20
Introduction to Journalism Practice 20
Introduction to Multimedia Technologies for Media Studies 20

You will be introduced to theoretical perspectives on media and culture and focus on the whole process and practice of research in studying media and culture.

A wide range of optional topics allow you to focus in more depth on areas of particular interest to you, such as: gender, race, youth and culture; digital media; public relations; political communication; advertising; journalism and magazine publishing; celebrity culture; and fashion.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Research Methods 20
Representations: Identity, Culture and Society 20
Optional Modules Credits
Film Theory for Practice 1: What is cinema? 20
Film Theory for Practice 2: Why Cinema? 20
Introduction to Public Relations 20
Multimedia Journalism I 20
Race, Culture and Identity 20
Journalism Practice 20
Sex, Sexuality and Desire 20
Visual Culture 20
Celebrity Culture 20
Conflict and Crisis Reporting 20
Music and Cultural Theory 20
Popular Music and Media 20
Career Development for second year students 20
Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability 20

You will be introduced to theoretical perspectives on media and culture and focus on the whole process and practice of research in studying media and culture.

You have the chance to put these skills into practice in Year 3, undertaking a dissertation that focuses on a specific area of media, communication and culture.

A wide range of optional topics allow you to focus in more depth on areas of particular interest to you, such as: gender, race, youth and culture; digital media; public relations; political communication; advertising; journalism and magazine publishing; celebrity culture; and fashion.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Media Research Dissertation 40
Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Culture 20
Optional Modules Credits
Introduction to Public Relations 20
Multimedia Journalism I 20
Race, Culture and Identity 20
Sex, Sexuality and Desire 20
Visual Culture 20
Celebrity Culture 20
Conflict and Crisis Reporting 20
Magazine Publishing 20
Youth, Identity and Contemporary Media 20
Fashion, Communication and Culture 20
Global Public Relations 20
Advertising and Consumption 20
Politics, Power and Communication 20
Feminist Approaches to Media Analysis 20
Career Development for final year students 20
Applied Entrepreneurship 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, and regular one-to-one tutorials.

In Year 3 you undertake a research project that accounts for one third of your time.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Essays

  • Portfolio submission

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You can get involved in Newcastle University's award-winning and highly active student media scene, where you can further build on the skills you've learned as part of your degree, with opportunities to work for The Courier, our weekly newspaper, or join our fast-growing student radio and television stations.

You can get involved with Jesmond Local, a hyper-local news organisation that provides opportunities to gain experience in various news production roles. You can also connect with other students across the globe in our Pop-Up News Project and report on an event internationally.

Research skills

You'll undertake a Journalism and Media dissertation in the final year of your degree. This gives you the chance to demonstrate your learned knowledge and develop your techniques and understanding around independent, in-depth research.

You will also learn from our expert staff who are at the forefront of the discipline. Our staff's research themes include:

  • media and cultural theory
  • digital communication and cultures
  • feminism, post-colonialism and neoliberalism
  • media, journalism and popular culture
  • intimacy, sexuality, family, childhood and education
  • public relations, advertising and promotional culture
  • media ethics

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I always had my sights set on Newcastle University as I knew it was a great uni and ranked very highly for the course I wanted to do. It has lived up to my expectations in every way.

Cecilia, Journalism, Media and Culture student


Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose the student exchange module in your second year. This will allow you to spend the first semester of second year on a student exchange. 

Students wishing to spend a year abroad as part of their degree 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 1 average.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment


As a student of Media, Journalism and Film Practice at Newcastle University, you will join a vibrant community in the School of Arts and Cultures' Media, Culture, Heritage department. 

You will be based in the Armstrong Building and Film@CultureLab, right at the heart of our city-centre campus. You'll be close to all of Newcastle University's amenities, as well as being just a five-minute walk to Newcastle's main street, Northumberland Street. 

You'll have access to:

  • professional-standard video and audio equipment, studio space and AV-editing facilities
  • specialist computing facilities, including industry-standard software, such as Adobe Creative Suite
  • a mobile studio suite


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

You will also benefit from the expert knowledge and skills of our dedicated team of technicians based in Culture Lab.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Graduates from our Media, Communication and Cultural Studies degree have gone on to work in media-focused roles across a range of industries for organisations such as:

  • The Financial Times
  • Pickle Jar Communications
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • St James's Place Wealth Management
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Daily Mail

Careers in public relations, journalism, media planning, broadcasting and advertising are the most popular choices for graduates. Our courses focus on the communication of information across a broad range of subjects from the highly practical to the theoretical, so you'll be beneficial to any organisation.

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.

Make a difference

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Careers support

A portfolio of work is crucial if you wish to work in the media industry, and we've plenty of opportunities for you to develop this. We have an award-winning student newspaper, university radio and television stations, as well as links with local media outlets.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

34 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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