Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Media, Culture and Identity

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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

This course focuses on how we engage with television, film, music, art, social networks and other cultural forms, and considers how our sense of identity is shaped by them.

You will explore current debates about culture and the ways in which the media brings about social, cultural and political change.

More details

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to engage critically and creatively with the importance of media and identity as a significant area of contemporary culture. You will be introduced to a range of processes whereby media and popular culture texts and practices are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed. You will be encouraged to develop knowledge of media and culture in their historical contexts through the examination of an appropriate range of materials and practices.

Opportunities will be provided for students to undertake work placements and in-house modules that include a degree of practical work.

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
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
Anita's 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
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
Karen Cross convenes the MA. Her 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
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
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
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

  • Screening Gender
  • Emotions in Culture
  • Doing Visual Research in Media and Culture

Career options

Graduates have gone on to have successful careers in media, research organisations, advertising and public relations, NGOs and charities, think tanks, government departments, and arts, culture or social change organisations.

UCAS code





Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

240 points

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


3 (full-time), 5-7 (part-time) years

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »


Film [P391] »

Journalism [PP3M] »

Photography [PW36] »

Related courses

Mass Communications »

Further information

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Saturday 11 July 2015

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