Media culture and communication degree

Last Updated on January 18, 2023

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication’s academically rigorous bachelor of science degree is grounded in the liberal arts, providing you with the necessary tools to analyze the sociological, political, and cultural dimensions of our media landscape. The program’s diverse faculty encourage MCC majors to think broadly and deeply about topics at the intersection of media and culture.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture, and CommunicationFormatFull-timeCredits128Start DateFallApplication DeadlinesNovember 1Early Decision 1January 1Regular Decision and Early Decision 2March 1Internal Transfer ApplicationsApril 1Transfer Applications


This course explores and explains the diverse patterns of media and offers a comprehensive understanding of media power, media use, and the increasing significance of media in contemporary culture and society.

Engage with a mix of critical approaches: cultural studies, communication studies, film studies and media studies. You will also study a wide range of related topics including everyday life, popular culture, digital media cultures, cultural representation, gender and ethnic identities and sexualities.

Throughout your studies, you’ll be guided and supported by our experts. You’ll work with academics at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies and study alongside scriptwriters, film makers, radio producers, and independent film producers. Many of the key books you will learn from have been written by lecturers.

Gain a range of transferable skills including presentation skills, critical analysis, independent thinking, written and research skills, and the ability to work in groups and on your own. In your final year, you will put your skills and knowledge into practice in a major independent research project.PreviousNext

Why us?

  • This course has 100% Overall Satisfaction according to the National Student Survey 2020
  • Our Media and Film Studies courses are ranked 10th in the UK (The Guardian University league tables, 2021)
  • Research in Communications, Cultural and Media Studies at Sunderland has been described as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Flexibility to choose from a dynamic range of modules covering topics such as science fiction, popular music, internet subcultures, gaming, and sexuality
  • Our support for independent learning is praised by our external examiners; you will work towards a major piece of independent research at Stage 3
  • With its emphasis on critical thinking, the degree provides an excellent basis for employment in a broad range of careers such as teaching, television, radio, journalism, marketing and new media
  • Enrich your studies through activities such as cultural trips, visits and experiences

Course structure

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills.

As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also ongoing assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, written coursework, projects and presentations.

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.Previous

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies
  • Media Histories
  • Introduction to Digital Media Cultures
  • The Making of Popular Culture

Selected optional modules:

  • Celebrity Cultures  
  • Contemporary Cinema  
  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • Television Cultures
  • History of Cinema
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Introduction to Television and Radio Broadcast
  • Media Production Skills

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is:

QualificationMinimum grade
Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) plus an International Foundation Programme with 60% or abovePass grade

If you don’t meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.

If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at [email protected] for further advice.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Is your qualification not displaying here? For international qualifications, search our full list of international entry requirements for this course.

Fees and finance

The annual, full-time fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/Europe*
  • £12,500 if you are an international student

Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.

*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals are classed as international, however 21/22 entrants will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the (undergraduate) home tuition fee rate of £9,250 for the duration of their studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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