Why study at Roehampton

  • Study the latest global trends in media communications.
  • Work experience opportunities in leading media companies. Past examples have included Marie Claire magazine, Trinity Mirror newspaper group, London Evening Standard and BBC local radio.
  • Research-led learning, so you can gain problem solving, leadership and communications skills that are relevant to contemporary issues.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).
  • We are the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2015).

You will have the opportunity to do a work placement at a leading UK company or organisation such as the BBC, MTV, Absolute Radio and Vogue

Mass communications shape the world we live in – from accessing information and taking part in social and political change, to impacting on our personal everyday relationships.

You will study the key developments in the media, how media texts are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed, and the ways in which the media can influence society.

You will gain vital knowledge and skills ready for a career in media and communications.

More details

This degree programme equips students with the skills and knowledge to engage critically and creatively with mass communications media. Students will be introduced to a range of processes whereby media and popular cultural texts and practices are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed.

Theoretical and methodological frameworks will be established for the coherent and systematic exploration of the language, forms and meanings of mass communications media and the relation between the production, reception and construction of meaning in communications and the media and the changing nature of our lived experience of culture. Students will be encouraged to develop knowledge of mass communications and the media in their historical contexts through the examination of an appropriate range of materials and practices.

In this respect, assessment methods will include the opportunity for practice based work, such as blogs, e-portfolio software such as Mahara, as well as photography and film work. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements via a dedicated work placement module.

High-quality teaching staff

The teaching team has a strong research profile with publications in the area of cultural studies theory, culture and politics, tabloid culture, reality TV, the globalisation of media and culture, contemporary trends in the television industry, and travel writing.

Caroline BainbridgeDr Caroline Bainbridge, Reader in Visual Culture
Email: c.bainbridge@roehampton.ac.uk
Caroline's research interests include emotion, psychoanalysis and popular culture; representations of gender in film, television and popular culture; and the role of media as psychological objects.


Anita BiressiDr Anita Biressi, Reader in Media Cultures
Email: a.biressi@roehampton.ac.uk
Anita Biressi convenes the MA. Her research interests include popular journalism and tabloid culture, media spectacle, social class and representation, reality programming, documentary and factual film and TV.


Ben CockingDr Ben Cocking, Principal Lecturer in Media and Culture
Email: b.cocking@roehampton.ac.uk
Ben Cocking's research interests include news media, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and popular and subcultural theory.


Karen CrossDr Karen Cross, Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Email: k.cross@roehampton.ac.uk
Karen Cross's research interests include personal and popular photography, narratives of photography, critical perspectives on the everyday in art and theories of the amateur.


Andrea EsserDr Andrea Esser, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications
Email: a.esser@roehampton.ac.uk
Andrea Esser's research expertise is in the transnationalisation and commercialisation of the media, particularly television, cultural policy and globalisation. Before joining academia in 2004, she worked in media consulting and publishing.


Heather NunnHeather Nunn, Professor of Culture and Politics
Heather Nunn's research expertise includes politics and the media, social class and representation, reality programming, documentary and factual film and television, gender politics and feminist media studies.


Chris RobertsChris Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Email: c.roberts@roehampton.ac.uk
Chris Roberts's research interests include television current affairs broadcasting and the appropriation of dramatic codes of representation, reality television and television's claim on notions of the real, accuracy and truth, sports coverage, sports broadcasting and national identity.


Paul RixonDr Paul Rixon, Principal Lecturer in Media and Culture
Email: p.rixon@roehampton.ac.uk
Paul Rixon's research interests include: American television, quality television, television criticism, radio criticism, broadcasting policy and media technology. He has published work on British TV Critics and American programmes on British screens.

Example modules

  • From Mass Media to Multimedia
  • Employability for the Creative Industries
  • Global Trends in Television

Career options

Our graduates go into careers in television and radio, print (newspapers, magazines, journals), digital media, and research and policy organisations (such as Ofcom, Pact or the British Board of Film Classification).

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry tariff

240 points

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


3 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Related courses

Journalism »

Media, Culture and Identity »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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