Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Media, Culture and Society

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This exciting course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of media, culture and society.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BSc (Hons)

Media, Culture and Society

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

This exciting course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of media, culture and society.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Communication and Media Studies (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • Ranked 5th for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 96% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

Based within the award winning Department of Social Sciences, the degree programmes takes course content from a number of our well established and respected degrees to offer a different perspective on these fields of social science.

Its flexible approach ensures that you are able to tailor the course completely to your strengths and preferences, through the use of optional modules. Fundamentally the course covers the following areas: global, social and cultural change; inequalities and identity; research methods; broadcasting; the press; digital media; classical social theories; cultural theory; communications and media theory.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich LP34
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time LP33
Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching is provided using a number of methods, including:

  • Lectures – these are larger classes used to communicate knowledge or theory to a large number of students
  • Tutorials – individual and small group work to look into the issues and topics raised during lectures in a much more in-depth way
  • Laboratory based statistics sessions – these are designed for you to develop statistical and data analytic skills
  • Self-study – this is directed study undertaken in your free time outside of timetables classes
  • Seminars – smaller classes to allow group discussion. Often you will prepare verbal and/ or visual presentation or discussion papers for these groups
Assessment

Assessment is carried out using a number of different methods. The type of method depends on the nature of the module. Methods include:

  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • In-class tests
  • Multiple choice examinations
  • Independent work exercises
  • Dissertation

To find out more information about teaching, learning and assessment, please see our website www.lboro.ac.uk/socialsci/soccrim

Graduate destinations

As a graduate of this course a wide range of careers are available to you. Possible careers include: marketing, public relations, advertising, human resources, non-governmental organisations, public administration, social work, charity sector.

The broad nature of the course also supports a large number of other careers where there appears to be no direct relationship to media, culture or society, for example the financial services.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities
  • Sociological Imagination 
  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies A: The Press
  • Media Landscapes
  • Researching Media and Communication 1
  • Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change
  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies B: Broadcasting
  • Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

Optional modules include:

  • Introduction to Critical Viewings
  • Understanding Contemporary Societies 
  • Social Psychology
  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • Politics
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Classical Social Theories
  • Communication, Media and Cultural Theory
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Sociology in Policy and Practice

Optional modules

  • Critical Viewings – Film
  • Promotional Culture – Public Relations, Advertising and Society
  • Contemporary Social Theories
  • Sociology in Historical and Global Context
  • Plus a selection of further optional modules. 
Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Final Year Dissertation  
  • Presenting Media Debates
  • Digital Media and Society 
  • The Individual and Society
  • Communicating Sociology

Optional modules

  • Critical Viewings – Television
  • Critical Viewings – Documentary
  • Employability in the Social Sciences
  • Plus a selection of further optional modules

Optional modules currently include:

  • The Media in Global Context
  • Persuasion and Communication
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Producing the News
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Media, Memory and History
  • Media Panics
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Inequalities 
  • Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Debating Society
  • Sociology of Religion 
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Tourism 
  • Human Sexualities
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Gender and Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Political Psychology
  • Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors
  • State Surveillance and Deviant Bodies
  • Children, Young People and Risk
  • Victimology
  • Crime and Deviance in Sport

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: LP34 BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
35 points including 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile
Additional

UCAS code: LP33 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB (General Studies accepted)
SQA AH
AB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
35 points including 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Optional six month study abroad

Students can choose to visit a University abroad to study for six months. This a wonderful opportunity to enhance language skills and experience living abroad. This six month period is taken during the second year of the course.

Optional English Language Assistantship placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year. This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree.

Optional placement schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), or the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme.

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: LP34

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: LP33

Our students

Neeya B

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane K

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin S

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”

Neeya B

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane K

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin S

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”