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:
- public relations
- documentary film-making
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.
Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.
View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.
See our terms and conditions and student complaints information
Quality and ranking
- 9th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2022 (Communications and Media category)
- top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 (Communications and Media category)
- top 175 – Social Sciences category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2021
- over 80% of our research is ‘world-leading' or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- top 20 in the UK for Media & Film Studies - The Guardian University Guide 2022
- Top 200 – Communication & Media Studies category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021
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'll explore the role the media plays in shaping culture, identity and interpersonal communications. You will also take a module in web-based publishing and a module on critical writing and research. Some of your modules are optional, allowing you to choose from a broad range of areas such as professional communication, journalism, marketing and popular music.
|Introduction to Media Studies||20|
|Introduction to Scholarly Practice||20|
|Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies||20|
|Introduction to Multimedia Technologies for Media Studies||20|
|Introduction to Professional Communication||20|
|Introduction to Journalism Practice||20|
|Journalism: Pasts, present and future||20|
|Introduction to Popular Music Studies||20|
You'll be introduced to theoretical perspectives on media and culture. You'll learn about the process and practice of researching 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; digital media; public relations; journalism and magazine publishing; and celebrity culture.
|Representations: Popular Culture & Identity||20|
You have the chance to put the knowledge and skills from Stages 1 and 2 into practice in Stage 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 culture; digital media; public relations; political communication; advertising; journalism and magazine publishing; celebrity culture and fashion.
|Media Research Dissertation||40|
|Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Culture||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Skills and experience
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.
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
Chat to a student
My favourite thing about Media, Communication and Cultural Studies is that it offers a wide range of subjects, from which you can pick almost any of your interests, including Marketing, Journalism or Social Studies
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 a semester abroad, and is also subject to a threshold of at least 60% in the overall Stage 1 average.
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.
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.
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
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.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
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.
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.
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 2021 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying 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.
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.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
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.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.