Liberal Studies (Media & Communications)

BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Future start date: 20 Jan 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Fee: September 2019: £17,50, January 2020: £17,750
  • UCAS code: LS06
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also study a variety of other topics.

The Integrated Foundation is designed for those who do not meet the requirements for direct entry onto the BA (Hons) Liberal Arts (Media & Communications). During this year, you will take a broader look at some of the key topics on the degree programme including international relations, psychology and media studies. This will provide you with a foundation of core knowledge and skills to confidently progress onto the degree programme.

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications) programme examines the impact media and communications has upon society, culture and politics. This wide-ranging subject offers a grounding in media history, theories and industry developments. You will learn about current trends and debates, changing communications industries, media analysis techniques and research methods.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable to any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This interdisciplinary programme will provide you with the creative skills and adaptability to thrive in the constantly evolving world of media and communications.

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This is a four-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Media & Communications major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

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.

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
Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2 The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.
Quantitative Literacy Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers 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 - Principles of Biology This module introduces students to the fundamental principles of biology. The module covers cell biology and introduces the five major kingdoms of life. Genetics, gene expression & evolution are also explored in context with recent discoveries in these fields. The module will also examine the application of current biotechnologies in agriculture, medicine and the environment.
Introduction to the Humanities The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.
Business and Management The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.
International Relations This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.
Media Studies In today’s media saturated environments, it can be challenging to understand how media and communications technologies and processes shape societies and our everyday lives. This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. In terms conceptual tools, this module provides an overview of influential thinkers in media and communications from theories on media as “mass communications” characterizing the 20th century to “convergence culture” which better characterizes the 21st. Students are expected to develop knowledge and understanding of the field of media and communications and to be able to ask critical questions about future directions in media and communications.
Psychology The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level.
Political Science This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena both domestically and internationally.

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, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

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 note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

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, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Starting January 2020: £17,750

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
  • 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
  • As a registered charity, 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

Teaching

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 programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

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.

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 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.

On-Campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test. This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only.

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

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Media & Communications)