- 93% of students are in work or further study 6 months after graduating (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2018).
- Gain valuable experience with leading cultural organisations. Recent examples have included The Natural History Museum and Marie Claire magazine.
- An interactive and collaborative teaching approach.
- We're creating a brand new media centre for 2019 – find out more.
This programme is undergoing periodic review*
Our Media, Culture and Identity BA is particularly relevant if you are looking to kick-start your career in the creative industries.
Exploring current debates about culture, and considering how the media can bring about social, cultural and political change, this degree gives you a deeper insight into how people engage with different media forms such as TV, radio, print, digital communication, advertising and social media.
You will consider the relationship between media and society, drawing on other disciplines such as sociology, political science and cultural studies, and be introduced to key approaches to analysing the media-society relationship, while engaging critically and creatively with media and identity.
The course covers key developments in the media, looks at how media texts are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed, and explores the ways in which the media can influence society.
You’ll look at how the media functions as an important part of any modern democracy, explore current debates around freedom of the press, and consider how media-appointed critics have a role to play in helping shape public opinion.
Our London location means you can immerse yourself in the creative culture of the capital at festivals, studios, galleries and pop-up cinemas. All students also have the option to do a work placement in the creative industries. You could work in TV, film, online and print media, arts and campaigns, or at a museum, art gallery, theatre or community project. Recent students have worked at the BBC, MTV, Absolute Radio and Vogue.
- Gain an introduction to the key aspects of media and cultural studies theory, focusing on different concepts relating to the notion of cultural identity.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the development of the media and the role it plays in culture and society, examining topics such as mass communications, sociology, political science, media and cultural studies.
- Explore how non-fiction media, such as news, documentary, lifestyle journalism and popular factual television, articulate and explore contemporary experiences of social change.
- Choose to study global trends in television and the major themes and topics in popular culture.
- Other optional modules include Radio and Podcasting, Travel Journalism, and Politics and the Media.
- Take up the opportunity to do a work placement and conduct a piece of research on a topic of interest for your dissertation.
- Other topics final year students are currently studying include major 'media events' such as 9/11 and cult film and TV.
Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:
Media, Culture and Identity
Research Methods for Communications and Culture
Radio and Podcasting
Global Trends in Television
Studying Popular Culture
Politics and the Media
Media and Social Change: Class, Race and Ethnicity
Language in the Media
Thinking about Film
Contemporary Urban LifeCareer Preparation
Doing Visual Research in Media and Culture
Popular Journalism and Tabloid Culture
Media and the Public Sphere
Madness and Metaphor: Culture on the Edge
Screen Women: from Pin-ups to Postfeminism
Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
Cult Film and TV
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism
Sociology of the Visual Arts
The Modern Vampire
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
You will be well placed to move into a career in the media, research, advertising, public relations, or NGOand charity work. You could go on to work for a think tank, government department, or an arts, culture or social change organisation.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.
What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality.
The University expects to publish details of the validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
What is periodic review?
Periodic review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.
The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.
We’re creating a brand new media centre for 2019
Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.