Taught course

Media and Cultural Studies

Lancaster University · Sociology

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in a relevant social science.

Months of entry


Course content

Communication and Media Studies at Lancaster is ranked first in The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide Subject Rankings, 2016. This degree provides students with the theoretical and methodological grounding they need to carry out independent research in media and cultural studies.

The course introduces you to the key texts, debates and thinkers in media and cultural studies, ranging from the work of classical cultural theorists through to contemporary writing on new media, globalised culture, science and technology studies, and queer theory.

You will be encouraged to reflect critically on the role of popular media in structuring our everyday lives. The course examines the role of media in reproducing, disseminating and challenging hegemonic power relations, as well as thinking through the ways in which gender, sexuality and ‘race’ are constructed in global media cultures.

This is not a vocational or practice-based degree. However, it is a degree that will teach you skills in critical thinking, independent research, and analysis highly relevant for development and innovation in the cultural and media sectors.


Compulsory modules:

· Critical Methods in Media and Cultural Studies

· Critical Debates in Media and Cultural Studies

· Independent Research Dissertation

Optional modules:

Choose four; options may vary from year to year

· Feminist Media and Cultural Studies

· Consumer Society

· Debates in Gender Research

· Gender, Sex and Bodies

· Capitalism and Crisis

· Mobilities, Society and Change

· Critical Discourse Analysis

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7540 per year
International students
£16,120 per year


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593148