BA (Hons) Media Studies

The Media Studies degree course at University Centre Peterborough is getting a brand new look with revised modules and new practical elements for film and TV production.

To keep pace with the fast-changing media environment, the Media Studies degree at UCP is changing from September 2016. The degree, which is validated by Anglia Ruskin University, already equips students for a career in the media industry, but from September it will reflect changes in digital and online technology, as well as introducing more practical production elements.

These changes will make the degree more suitable for students who want to explore all aspects of media production, with an increased emphasis on practical learning, reflecting the significant vocational nature of this subject.

Key Facts

Arts, Law & Social Sciences
University Centre Peterborough
3 Years
Tariff Points
Accredited By
Anglia Ruskin University

Part-time study available

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BA (Hons) Media Studies

The degree will continue to look at the theory behind media – encouraging students to critically examine such subjects as popular culture, society, technology, and youth culture. With access to the fully equipped technical facilities at the Media & Journalism Centre in the heart of Peterborough, the degree is taught by industry professionals who are specialists in their chosen field.

As a result of these changes, the Media Studies degree course at UCP will be better equipped to help students understand how media is produced in all its different forms. 

Brand New Modules!

Year one core modules

  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Video
  • Introduction to Radio and Audio Production
  • Theorising Popular Culture
  • Introduction to TV Studies
  • Media and Technology
  • Introduction to Desktop Publishing

Year two core modules

  • Digital Media Theory
  • TV Genre
  • Documentary Film Theory
  • Radio Production
  • Language and Image
  • Digital Media Practice and Creative Computing
  • Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture and Media
  • Media Identity and Difference
  • Non Fiction Filmmaking

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Independent Film Practice Part
  • Digital Publishing
  • Working in Film and Media
  • Contemporary TV
  • Independent Radio Practice


Following successful placements, students have progressed into employment and have achieved recognition in national competitions.


You will be assessed via portfolio, seminars, essays and practical submissions.

Special features

All modules are taught by experienced academics and industry professionals who are specialists in their chosen field.

Links with industry and professional recognition

The department continues to liaise with local and national companies to support students seeking work placements within media. Current projects include a link with Peterborough Cathedral to produce a film for the Peterborough 900 Campaign, as well as paid bursaries which are available with local businesses via an interview process. Previous students have worked with the BBC, Vivacity Peterborough, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Ideal World shopping channel, and i3MEDIA amongst others.

Associated careers

The mix of creative and factual modules ensures graduates have the complete skill set required by today’s employers. On successful completion of this course you will be able to seek work in a variety of media-related areas such as; broadcast, online, print, production, radio, video and film. 

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS tariff points.

A levels required;
2 A levels in related subjects.

BTEC/Access required;
A BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject.

GCSEs required;
3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Academic Background

I have been the course leader for the BA (Hons) Media Studies course since January 2013, and have been teaching in further and higher education since September 2007. As well as overseeing the Media Studies course I also deliver on the Multimedia Journalism and the Performing Arts programmes at UCP.

Experience in industry

Before I started teaching full time I worked for 18 years for the Peterborough-based magazine publisher EMAP (now Bauer Communications). I was editor for both consumer and B2B publications and worked closely with some of the UK’s leading technology manufacturers and exhibition companies.

Personal Background

I have had a long association with Westacre Theatre in Norfolk. As well as contributing as an actor, director and youth workshop leader, I am also on the board of the Westacre Arts Foundation.


  • BA (Hons) Drama from University of Hull
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Northampton University
  • MA in New Media & Society (pending) from University of Leicester

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