Media and Communication Studies

Key Facts

Code P300
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    3 Years

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At Aberystwyth we consider who controls and owns our media, how media content is produced, and what kind of impact the media have on us as audiences. We will also introduce you to some of the key media and communication theorists and will consider how you can apply their thinking to your own study of media and communications. A wide range of study is open to you: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multiplatform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating.

Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Media and Communication (NSS 2016)
91% student satisfaction for our Media and Communication Studies degree scheme (NSS 2016)

Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies: 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of Film and Television Studies who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Employability
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Student Views


Why study Media and Communication studies at Aberystwyth?

  • Taught by staff who are expert in the field of Media and Communication, have excellent connections to the industry, contribute to national debates on the media, and are at the forefront of research in the field
  • Expand your knowledge of sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, philosophy, linguistics and marketing
  • State-of-the-art teaching facilities including a brand new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suites
  • BBC Wales, regional office and broadcast studio in the heart of the department
  • Full access to National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales which is a stone’s through away from the Penglais campus
Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Students must take the following core modules:

Semester 1

Studying Media FM10620

Semester 2

Studying Communication FM10720

Year 1 Options Students may take one or both of the following modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To Media Production FM10420

Semester 2

Media Production Project FM10340

Year 1 Options Students may choose options from the following Film & TV modules, or from module from other departments:

Semester 1

Studying Film FM10120

Hollywood Cinema: 1917-1960 FM10920

British Cinema FM11020

Semester 2

Studying Television FM10220

Year 2 Options Single Honours Media and Communication Studies Students must take at least 80 credits from the following Critical Theory modules:

Semester 1

Television Genre FM20620
Advertising FM21920
Media Industries: History And Policy FM23020

Semester 2

Contemporary Television Drama FM21220
News: Industry And Analysis FM22120
Digital Culture FM25520

Year 2 Options Single Honours Media and Communication Studies Students may take up to 40 credits from the following creative practice modules:

Semester 1

Creative Documentary FM26520

Semester 2

Creative Studio FM25420

Year 2 Options Single Honours Media and Communication Studies Students may take the following module:

Semester 1

Production Research Placement FM20300

Semester 2

Production Research Placement FM20320

Final Year Options Single Honours Media and Communication Studies Students must take at least 40 credits and may take up to 120 credits from the following Critical Theory modules (NB the Independent Research Project is worth 40 credits: 20 in each semester):

Semester 1

Children And The Media FM32520
Media In Wales FM33220
Independent Research Project FM36000

Semester 2

The Surveillance Society FM32420
Language And Media FM34020
Media Semiotics FM34120
Independent Research Project FM36040
Television And Society In Britain In The 20th Century FM36220

Final Year Options Single Honours Media and Communication Studies Students may take up to 80 credits of the following Creative Practice modules:

Semester 1

Experimental Media Production FM33500

Documentary Production FM33700

Semester 2

Experimental Media Production FM33540

Documentary Production FM33740


What opportunities are there for me?

Many of our graduates have found career paths which include;

  • Broadcasting media
  • Floor managers
  • Camera operators
  •  Producers and directors
  • Marketing
  • Media Planning
  • Education
  • Public relations

What will I get from my degree?

Employbaility is at the heart of our teaching. We encourage our students by;

  • Inviting guest speakers to our campus
  • Taking part in activities by the Media Skills Academy and Creative Skillset of which we are a member and accredited by
  • Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures
  • On completion of this degree, our students become;
  • Effective communicators
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in industrial equipment such as three camera high definition digital television studios, over 40 high definition digital video cameras and digital and video projection facilities

Further opportunities;

The department has a close working relationship with the Careers Service and a link careers adviser will work with you to support your career development at university and the transition into the workplace. Careers events are held in the department to make students aware of opportunities available to them such as the Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and GO Wales. These schemes provide opportunities to gain valuable experience in the workplace and test out your career ideas.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn? 

In your first year you will explore;

  • Relationship between media forms, media institutions and society
  • The links between established media theory and contemporary approaches to new media
  • The links between classic and contemporary debates in communication
  • The research relating to modes of communication between radio, press, advertising, mobile phone technologies and the internet
  • Key concepts and techniques of media production, directing, cinematography, editing

In your second you will discover;

  • Specific histories, traditions and roles to each medium;
  • Television production
  •  Broadcasting history
  • Experimental media production
  • Website design
  • Surveillance technologies
  •  Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Scriptwriting

In your final year you will have the opportunity to; 

  • Produce, direct, edit a short video which can be experimental, documentary or narrative fiction
  • The best work will be entered for the Royal Television Society Student Video Awards

How will I be taught?

Our programme is taught by lecture- workshops allowing for the best interaction and active engagement. In addition, we deliver this programme through seminars, group-based project work, screenings and technical demonstrations

You will be assessed through;

  • Group-devised productions
  • Individual film and video projects
  • Research projects
  • Practical analyses
  • Production diaries
  • Creative scriptwriting
  • Formal essays
  • Examinations 

Further information:

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

I have chosen this course as I have always been interested in global media and international relations. Studying Media at Aberystwyth University has developed my knowledge of these fascinating areas. Thanks to this complex programme which covers various topics connected with media and the sphere of communication I've improved my skills in the field of journalism and advertising. Long hours spent doing research for essays were not wasted. Modules such as Advertising were purely amazing in terms of broadening my knowledge of this exciting field as well as developing my own creativity in designing advertising campaigns. This course was a pleasure, not a duty for me. It's perfect for those with 100 ideas/min. The approach to students is unconventional here - it's all about clever thinking! Agata Monika Kielek

Communication is a course that it is an interesting one, even though it may sound a bit dull. Through lectures we talk about things that makes you snap your fingers and say: 'That was so obvious, but still no-one was conscious about it'. I love the fact that we are able to analyze the way our eye moves when we were asked a question about a photograph. What does the eye look for when asked the question: 'When was this photo taken?'. Sounds simple, but it's a totally new way of seeing ordinary things. All in all, the course is amazing, the teacher is amazing and makes everything interactive. As an international student I was able to understand him and the message he wanted to transmit to his students every week. I could call this course simple, but complicated; or in one word, lovely. Andrada Florentina Dumitrescu

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC-BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
65-70% overall

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