What we do
Communications, Media & Culture rapidly developed into a major centre for research and learning after its foundation in 1978. Its research arm, the Stirling Media Research Institute, is internationally renowned, attracting many doctoral students, visiting scholars, and practitioners, from across the world. The subject area consistently draws high ratings for its teaching at all levels.
Many CMC graduates are successful practitioners, entrepreneurs and executives in the media and communications industries, and active in numerous other occupations. They regularly return to share their professional experience with current students. CMC’s strong relationships with screen industries, public relations and journalism professionals are among its core strengths, along with its high-profile activities within international research communities.
The wide choice of options in taught graduate and undergraduate programmes, and in doctoral research, includes theoretical study in the field of media and culture, as well as vocational work on the media, communications and journalism industries. Our undergraduates may choose to include radio, television, print and online journalism practice modules in their programmes of study.
These pages, along with our Blog, Facebook page and Vimeo channel will tell you more about what we offer and who we are. You can also follow us on our production and journalism Twitter feeds.
A mix of practice and theory
For a lot of students one of the big attractions of the division is the possibility of doing practical work alongside more conventional academic modules. In fact, for many it’s the main reason to come to Stirling, though once here students usually find that theory and analysis modules provide a clear framework in which to place their work. Many students and graduates tell us that it’s this mix of practice and theory that’s one of the most enjoyable and valuable aspects of their education.
From the start, the division has run modules in both sound and moving image. This began with radio and TV journalism, expanding over the years to include documentary as well as radio and video drama. There are six audiovisual modules in total from which students can select up to four in their final two years.
In addition to these specialist modules, there are web-based projects available for Film & Media students in fourth semester and Journalism Studies students deal with both web and print design.
It includes video dramas and documentaries, radio dramas and features, and other creative work produced by students at Stirling.
The Media Communications and Cultural Studies Association - which represents our subjects areas across the UK - has produced a video for applicants which gives a more information about the kinds of skills you develop in media degrees and how these are valued by employers: