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Liberal Studies (Media & Communications)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: Jan 2021
  • Future start date: Sep 2021
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3.5/4 years
  • Fee: January 2021: £18,000
  • UCAS code: LS06
  • Study abroad: Optional

Overview

Study a degree that’s tailor-made for you.  

A liberal arts degree gives you the freedom to focus on the subjects that most interest you. You’ll concentrate on a major area of study while maintaining a breadth of learning spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  

Liberal Studies with Integrated Foundation incorporates an extra year of study to prepare you for your undergraduate degree. Once you have completed the foundation year, you will progress directly on to the three-year BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) degree.  

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The Media & Communications Major

The Media & Communications Major offers a critical examination into the history, development and future of this influential industry.  

You will engage in current industry trends and debates. Guest lectures hosted by media experts and visits to London’s leading media organisations will give you vital industry insight and valuable business connections.  

Creative workshops will train you to produce industry-standard content across visual, digital and emerging platforms. This includes video, photography, social and digital media as well as traditional methods of communication.  

Elective modules will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and also give you a broad skillset.   

Options to learn a language and study abroad at one of our international partners will help expand your learning and global outlook.   

This Major will develop you as a multi-skilled media professional who is able to work in a range of positions within this rapidly evolving industry.  

Structure

If you begin your studies in September, you will undertake a four-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Media & Communications Major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

If you join us in January, you can opt to undertake a four-year course or an accelerated three-and-a-half-year version of the course. Through the accelerated option, you would complete a spring and summer term in your foundation year, and join the September cohort for the beginning of your first year of degree-level study in the autumn term.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3. 

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

The modules listed below are revalidated each year and are liable to change. You may take different modules to those displayed.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Foundation Year

Module Title Overview
Business and Management This module introduces you to the study of business. You will examine both its structure and functions in a global environment, giving you a better understanding of different business structures and ownership, key concepts, economic principles and major business functions such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. You will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and the ethical dilemmas in business.
Humanities This module will introduce you to the different academic disciplines across the humanities. Focusing on a specific subject or theme, you will examine the distinct approaches of each discipline. This may include art history, music, philosophy, history, film studies, religious studies and English literature. This process will help you understand how these disciplines relate and contribute to your overall academic knowledge.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global issues. It also introduces you to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organisations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media-saturated environment, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications shape societies and our everyday lives. This module will give you a better understanding of the relationship between media, society and culture. You will map the history of media, beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. You will also gain an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications, examining theories such as mass communications and convergence culture. This foundation will enable you to approach critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Political Science This module focuses on core concepts of political science such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, and the government. You will be introduced to methods of inquiry and, using key theoretical frameworks, critically analyse a wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. This module aims to develop your research skills in order to build strong arguments which are backed up by a wide range of diverse and reliable sources. This will enhance your understanding of the complexities of political phenomena.
Psychology This module will give you a core understanding of the major branches of modern psychology and its applications. You will establish basic skills in research and writing and learn how they are applied in psychology. This will help you understand the breadth of this discipline and how it relates to other subjects both at a theoretical and applied level. To contextualise your studies, you’ll be encouraged to attend talks hosted by guest speakers, specialists and practitioners as part of the University’s ‘Careers in Psychology’ talk series.
Quantitative Literacy This module will train you in the basic concepts of data analysis. You will cover probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on ‘real world’ application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.
Scientific Understanding The module will introduce you to the core principles of science. You will explore the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and microscale. This will give you an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. You will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and in biotechnology in communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Foundation Seminars 1 and 2 These two modules will introduce you to major ideas within the Western tradition. You will examine some of the greatest works in literature, philosophy, religion, art and science, from the ancient world to the Enlightenment, the French Revolution to contemporary society. Partaking in lively debates and discussions will enable you to gain a better understanding of how these major ideas relate to each other and to the world around us.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Introduction to Media Production The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Digital Photography This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The module will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. Technological requirements of digital formats will be discussed, such as formats and resolution. Students will learn basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images. Students will produce photographs in response to seminars looking at the work of notable photographers, and give an oral presentation about the work of a photographer of their choice. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Journalism in Society This module introduces students to core concepts and theories outlining the role, purpose and functions of journalism within society. These theories draw from core principles relating to the freedom of information such as liberty of the press and freedom of speech. This module examines the early history of journalism including the revolutionary history of the printing press, yellow journalism and penny dreadfuls, followed by the growth of media ownership from 18th to 21st Century press barons. Students are expected to understand the close relationship between journalism, politics and democracy by bridging theoretical foundations with case studies mapping the history and development of journalism in society. Current research and practice around media work and practice in news production informs analysis of changing journalistic practice and its social impact. Contemporary case studies illustrate the tensions prevalent in theoretical foundations, rapid developments in the field and emerging issues and debates related to journalism. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Media, Communications and Culture This module builds upon knowledge and information provided in Foundation Media Studies and builds upon critical theoretical traditions in order to enable students to critically analyse and understand the complex relationship between media, communications and culture. This module aims to enable students to develop a comprehensive overview of the field of media and communications, marked by a well-developed insight into key areas of influential and current research. This module allows students to explore theoretical traditions and examine the multiple ways such traditions can and have been applied to contemporary phenomenon and vastly transforming media processes, practices and platforms. Students are expected to develop a broad understanding of the intersections between media economics, politics and culture and to develop a sophisticated knowledge base for analysing today’s dynamic media systems and environments. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Understanding Social Media This module introduces students to social media through its history and development, focusing on current thinking about social media. Leading research informs critical examination of the role of social media in contemporary societies, interpersonal relations, culture, politics and technology. This module focuses on dominant social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Wikis, Apps etc.) and bridges contemporary theory with practice through applied exercises exploring the purpose and functions of each of these platforms. This module aims to equip students to critically understand the role of social media within society and within the social media landscape. Students are expected to apply these skills to specific social media platforms. This module is informed by prominent social theories like convergence, network society and participatory culture. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Media Research Methods This module introduces core research methods in media and communications, including research design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and the logic informing particular research traditions and practices. Students are expected to become familiar with a wide range of research methods and current debates related to particular approaches. Based on applied exercises, students will broadly understand research principles and techniques and will be expected to develop expertise in selective quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as research design. This module aims to provide students with essential practical and theoretical skills so that they are able to develop and conduct accurate, original and high quality media and communications research. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Media and Ethics This module introduces the descriptive and normative philosophy of ethics to students in relation to media including journalism, photography, film, video, digital and social media, public relations, and advertising. This module focuses on current and influential cases where difficult ethical decisions must be made based on professional, social and legal standards. Students evaluate the logic and ethical reasoning informing media professionals within rapidly changing industries. Based on a mix of practical review of specific cases and ethical theory, students learn to analyse core ethical issues and consequences in contemporary media practices. This module prepares students for understanding and practicing applied ethics in professional and applied media contexts. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Identities in Media The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the ways in which intersectional identity is portrayed in the media. The module will investigate film, television, journalism, gaming cultures and social networking in light of theories of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, disability, age and others. Students will learn about the cultural context behind the development of each theory in relation to media representation as well as the conceptual impact of identity theories, along with their current and possible future effects on the global community. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Critical Television Studies in the 21st Century Students focus on understanding critical television studies from its foundations to recent developments such as video-sharing platforms (e.g. YouTube and Vine) and internet television (e.g. Netflix and Web TV). The module introduces research and theories exploring the role of television in human societies from its early development to current practices in television, video and related industry. Students investigate and study questions elicited through reading, discussion, research and industry insights. This module critically examines the role of television in shaping social trends such as the rise of celebrity culture, factual entertainment, and participatory media. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Media and the Law This module aims to offer participants a thorough grounding in various legal disciplines that underpin Media Law. It focuses on the ways relevant legal provisions apply to traditional media and explores how the law has struggled to respond to the growth of 24/7 news and the new world of social media. Ample emphasis is placed on seminal cases and cutting edge issues, as the law cannot be divorced from media practice. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Current Issues in Media and Public Relations This is an open module designed to facilitate advanced studies of emerging and cutting-edge issues relevant to Media and/or Public Relations related fields. This module reflects the dynamics of subject areas which are marked by rapid change, widespread innovations and the continual emergence of contemporary issues and phenomenon. This module may examine particular topics, cases, theories and/or practices related to the fields of media and communications and/or public relations. Broadly, this module addresses current issues relevant to students in preparation for a variety of professional contexts. This module may focus on any subject related to change or traditions in media and public relations disciplines and practices. Some topics could include content on: Diaspora and media; Reality Television: Theory and Practice; Branding, Advertising and Image in Politics; New Media and Society; Marketing and Culture; Global Trends; or other timely topics. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
TV Studio Production (Broadcasting) The module is designed to build upon the student’s previous experience and knowledge of Media Production, but now specifically within the field of TV Studio Production. Students will research some of the existing television and live broadcast formats and discuss their advantages, disadvantages and limitations. Working in groups, students will write, produce and record their own new magazine programmes, helping them to to gain understanding of the reality and limitations of live television, broadening their existing technical terminology and gaining practical experience in many aspect of studio production. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Media and Global Politics This module will introduce students to an understanding of the relationship between politics and media in contemporary societies. Students will become aware of contemporary debates about the evolving role of the media in domestic and international politics. Thus the relationship between politics, society and media will be the focus of study. The module will encourage individual research and participation in debates based on empirical knowledge, and strengthened by the application of theoretical discussions. Core module for Media & Communications majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.
Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

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Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships and funding

There are a wide variety of funding and scholarship opportunities to help you finance your studies.

For further information, please visit our scholarships and funding page.

 

Fees

Tuition fees

1st level course fee for January 2021 entrants: £18,000

1st level course fee for September 2021 entrants: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study commencing in September
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • All fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Study Period Abroad (SPA)

Some programmes at Regent’s University London offer an optional or mandatory Study Period Abroad, for one or two semesters. Students receiving Federal Student Aid are required to attend a school deemed “eligible” by the US Department of Education, or a “deferment only” school with which Regent’s has a consortium agreement. No SPA can be undertaken in the United States. Students who have American citizenship or are Eligible non-citizens who do not currently have US financial aid, are also subject to these terms and conditions if they wish to have Federal funding during any future part of their programme. 
 
A student who wishes to attend an “ineligible” school, which includes any school in the USA, will forfeit all funding from that semester going forward and all current loans will become due with immediate effect. For any questions regarding these terms and conditions, please email the US Loans Advisor at [email protected]. For questions regarding what an “eligible” or “deferment only” school is, please  email the IPO office, [email protected] or [email protected] before applying for a programme with an SPA module.

Teaching and assessment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching and assessment will take place online for the Autumn 2020 Term. See Returning to Regent's and our FAQs for more information.

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programmes are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The teaching staff for the Media & Communications major are as follows:

Leslie Viney
Olaf Jubin
Tristan Tull
Elena Hristova
Philip Grey

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes.

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding at least 5 GCSEs at grades A-C / 9-4 or international equivalent including Mathematics. Regent’s receives applications from over 170 countries and assesses all international qualifications, for example, we would make an offer of minimum 2.5 GPA for the American High School Diploma.

English Language requirements

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C / 4 (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades).

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Regent's English Password Test (REPT)

We provide an online English diagnostic test known as the Regent’s English Password Test (REPT). This test must be booked in advance. To find out more information and to book a test, please visit the REPT page. The REPT test is currently free of charge.

Careers

The world of media and communications is constantly evolving and changing to reflect the interests and demands of the audience. Graduates from this programme will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to forecast new trends, implement creative and flexible strategies and meet the demands of their shifting audiences. Potential career pathways include:

  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) with Integrated Foundation

Annouska Ruparell

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"A liberal arts education is by nature, broad, flexible and diverse. Studying various disciplines gave me a wider and more useful education that best suited my interests." Annouska Ruparell