Undergraduate study


Media, Culture and Society

Social Sciences

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich LP34 AAB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time LP33 AAB 1 October 2018


of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

Top 5

in the UK for overall student satisfaction

in Communication and Media Studies

NSS 2016

Top 10

for Sociology

Media, Culture and Society course overview

Based within the award winning Department of Social Science, this exciting course takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of media, culture and society.

The degree programme takes course content from a number of our long established and respected degrees in Sociology as well as Communication and Media Studies.

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


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
  • Media Landscapes
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change
  • Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

Optional modules include:

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

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Classical Social Theories
  • Media, Identity and Inequality
  • Media and Social Change
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology in Policy and Practice

Plus a selection of further optional modules. 

Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year

Compulsory modules

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

Plus a selection of optional modules


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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

LP34 Media, Culture and Society - BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS

AAB (General Studies accepted)
35 (6,6,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD

LP33 Media, Culture and Society - BSc (Hons)

AAB (General Studies accepted)
35 (6,6,5 HL)
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDD


Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,000

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Additional costs for course

There may be additional costs related to completion of your research project (dissertation). Depending on the topic you choose to research and the nature of the project there may be travel costs, field expenses and postage costs that you will need to meet. 

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.

Professional placement year

One of the many benefits of undergraduate study in the Department of Social Sciences is that students have the opportunity to take a one-year professional placement between their second and third year of studies.

A professional placement helps you test drive a career and stand out to employers. Placement options are wide and varied but would typically be a graduate level role with one of a broad range of companies or organisations which can be based in the UK or overseas.

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long placements in the UK and internationally. These placements are an invaluable opportunity to enhance employability and apply skills and knowledge to a working environment.

Students are expected to secure their own placement, however, extensive support from the School Placement Officer and Careers Network team is always available.

Placement destinations differ slightly according to the subject studied, in previous years students have gone on placement to Unilever, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, NBC Universal, NHS Partnerships and The Prince’s Trust.

Students work towards an additional qualification whilst on placement – the Diploma in Professional Studies, which, on successful completion, is awarded at graduation.

Transfer between the three and four year courses is normally possible.

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.

Our students

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: LP34

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: LP33