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Media Studies and English Literature

Bangor University
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Media Studies and English Literature

This exciting course course is jointly run by the School of English and the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study English and combine it with Media Studies in order to equip themselves better for a career in these highly competitive professional fields. Media Studies includes: television and radio, film and video, software and computer games, design, professional writing, journalism and advertising. Skills and techniques learnt during the study and writing of texts lie at the core of many of the key areas in these industries. This course course will equip you with a solid grounding in the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought after professional in these fields.

You will also benefit from expert tuition that relates to the research interests of the academic staff from both Schools. The School of English can offer internationally recognised excellence in areas that include Medieval Literature, the Early Modern period, Romanticism, literary Modernism and Contemporary fiction and poetry. Within that range there are also strengths in Arthurian literature, Gender theory and Women's Writing, Literature and Science, and Welsh Writing in English.

The School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor specialises in three key areas: Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Journalism; Media, Film and Cinema Studies, New Media; and The Entertainment Industries and Performance Arts. The School has research interests in all areas of the Creative Industries, with research programs running in several key areas: the dimensions and enhancement of Creativity, Publishing and Bookselling, European Cinema, New and Digital Media, Performance and Nation, Creative Mobile Technologies, Celtic Film and Media, Creative Industries Policy and Management, Children's Picture Books, Postcolonial Film and Media, Creative and Critical Understanding, Digital Versatile Disk, Critical Responsiveness for Creative Practitioners, Interactive Television and Podcasting.

Admission requirements

For 2020 entry:

Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels (English Literature / English Language / English preferred but not required)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in English Literature or Language)
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access course with English Literature element: Pass
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Reading, Thinking, Writing
  • Creative Practice
  • Intro to Studying Mass Culture

Semester 2

  • Issues in Media and Journalism

Optional Modules

  • Intro. to Medieval Literature (Semester 1)
  • The Literature of Laughter (Semester 1)
  • The Gothic in Literature/Film (Semester 2)
  • Landmarks in Literature (Semester 2)
  • Children's Fiction (Semester 2)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Research and Methods (Semester 1)
  • Media, Politics & Society (Semester 2)

Optional Modules

  • Jonson to Johnson (Semester 2)
  • Victorian Literature (Semester 2)
  • Renaissance and Reformation (Semester 1)
  • Modern & Contemporary Writing (Semester 1)
  • The Romantic Period in Britain (Semester 1)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (Semester 2)
  • Beowulf to Malory (Semester 2)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Radio: Theory and Practice (Semester 1)
  • Digital Advertising (Semester 2)
  • Practical Film Criticism (Semester 1)
  • Short Film Production (Semester 2)
  • Theatre & Perf.: The Self (Semester 2)
  • Professional Practice (Semester 1)
  • Politics of the Media (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting: Theory & Practice (Semester 2)
  • Game Design Level & Mechanics (Semester 1)
  • Game Development (Semester 2)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Digital Advertising (Semester 2)
  • Politics of the Media (Semester 1)

Optional Modules

  • Detective Fiction (Semester 1)
  • Jane Austen (Semester 2)
  • Shakespeare and EM Literature (Semester 2)
  • Arthur: legend and super hero (Semester 1)
  • Medieval Women's Literature (Semester 2)
  • The English Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • EM Lit: Sex, Sects and Scandal (Semester 1)
  • Neo-Victorian Fiction (Semester 2)
  • Dystopian Fiction (Semester 1)
  • Practical Digital Journalism (Semester 1)
  • Advanced Radio Practice (Semester 2)
  • Digital Advertising (Semester 2)
  • Practical Film Criticism (Semester 1)
  • Short film production (Semester 2)
  • Theatre and Performance: Self (Semester 2)
  • Professional Practice (Semester 1)
  • Screenwriting: Theory & Practice (Semester 2)
  • Game Design 3 (Semester 1)
  • Game Production (Semester 2)
  • Research Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Creative Practice Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Enterprise Dissertation (Semester 1 + 2)

*Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a BA (Hons).

Career opportunities

Creative Studies and Media courses offer a number of career paths for you to choose from once you graduate. They emphasise the importance of creative exploration, and actual university-level critical understanding. These things - the ability to be creatively adaptable, consider the tools at hand and apply creative thinking, the importance of innovation and a combination of practical and critical knowledge - make Creative Studies and Media graduates ideal employees or, indeed, creative entrepreneurs in their own businesses.

Creative Studies and Media courses have seen graduates involved in both academe and in industry, including work in:

  • Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Publishing;
  • Performance and the Theatre, both on and behind the stage;
  • Print and/or Broadcast Journalism;
  • Actors, presenters and in television program production;
  • Advertising and the Marketing industries;
  • Radio, as presenters, as well as in program production;
  • Digital, Web and New Media production;
  • Multi-media industries.

A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.

Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and public relations.

A degree in English Literature provides our students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the police, human resources, and academia. Several of our graduates have become leading figures in the arts.

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Gold rated teaching

Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

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We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 10 in the country.

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We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which includes supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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Bangor University
LL57 2DG Bangor Gwynedd
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