Our Cultural Studies and Media with Journalism (Hons) degree offers an academically rigorous approach to the study of mediated cultural forms, practices and technologies and their vital social, political and economic implications alongside journalism skills. We examine a range of areas, from digital media and journalism, to the creative and cultural industries, to social identities and subcultures. In addition, you are introduced to some basic journalism skills like reporting and feature writing that position you well for a variety of careers in the media sector and beyond.
At University of Kent, Cultural Studies and Media is part of the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research so you benefit from a large choice of specialist modules on race, social change, criminal justice or disability and the arts. You are taught by leading academics and have the opportunity to choose modules from a wide range of subject areas.
Our journalism modules are taught by working professionals in print, digital, radio and television journalism.
Our degree programme
You begin with modules that offer an introduction to journalism skills and provide an overview of different cultural and sociological theories that address ‘culture’, ‘media’ and ‘society’ as part of a broader global and historical context. Your journalism skills are developed further in your second year.
You also learn how to conduct and apply qualitative sociological research that explores mass media and advertising; digital media technologies; news and journalism; television and film, to name a few.
In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice, which allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about.
Approximately 70% of the modules you take are from the discipline of Cultural Studies and Media with the remaining 30% of modules from Journalism.Study resources
The programme is entirely taught at the Canterbury campus, but you may select to study optional modules taught at the Centre for Journalism on the Medway campus. The Centre for Journalism offers a full range of editorial resources including audio and video editing, cameras and autocues, wire feeds from the Press Association, and video feeds from Reuters World News. We offer a free shuttle service between the campuses during term time to ease your commute.
You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books through our libraries at both Canterbury and Medway.Extra activities
At the Kent Student Media Centre we provide excellent studio facilities and an editing suite. You may use these together with your peers to create your own digital, television or print media content and gain some useful professional skills along the way. You may even want to join Kent’s newspaper InQuire or our student television station KTV. There are also a number of student-led societies relating to your interests such as:
- UKC Digital Media
- Socrates Society
- Publishing Society
- Feminist Society.
There are events available throughout the year for students from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. These may include:
- research seminars and webcasts
- career development workshops
- informal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.
The Centre of Journalism also offers a variety of events that include socials, seminars and masterclasses and they have previously hosted:
- Jon Snow – presenter of Channel 4 News
- Alex Crawford – five times RTS TV journalist of the year
- Faisal Islam – Political Editor, Sky News.
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The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.
Compulsory modules currently include:
Essentials of Reporting
- Modern Culture
- Contemporary Culture and Media
Optional modules may include:
- British Government and Politics
You have the opportunity to select elective modules in this stage.
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Journalism Media Studies & Mass Media View 556 other Bachelors in Media Studies & Mass Media in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A level: BBB
- GCSE: 5 GCSEs grade C or above.
- Access to HE Diploma: The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma): Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Health and Social Care or Public Services.
- International Baccalaureate: 34 points overall or 15 points at HL
International16800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16800 GBP per year during 36 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
- EU full-time £12600
- Home part-time £4625
- EU part-time £6300
- International part-time £8400
Living costs for Canterbury
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
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