European Film and Media

BA (Hons)


Stirling is top in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide for 2014, also top in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2014 for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship.

How do the media work in different European contexts? How might in-depth knowledge of a European language and media allow students to take full advantage of the shared space of the European Union? This unique BA Honours degree course offers students a flexible range of subjects and skills, combining the study of Film and Media in the British and European context with mastery of a European language (French or Spanish).

You'll gain critical knowledge of the media in the UK and EU, as well as a grounding in classic and contemporary European cinema. You also gain a high level of practical skills in oral and written communication (in English and your chosen European language), and valuable IT skills, through multimedia using state-of-the-art facilities.

Key information

  • UCAS: P3R1
  • Degree type: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Professor Elizabeth Ezra
  • School: School of Arts and Humanities

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What makes us different?

This course allows students to combine study of European film and media with study of a European language.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

SQA Higher:
BBBB - one sitting.
ABBB - two sittings.

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

Other qualifications


Minimum entry
Scottish HNC/D - Bs in graded units
English, Welsh and NI HNC/D - Merits and Distinctions.

Advanced entry
Not available.

Access courses:
Access courses and other UK/EU and international qualifications are also welcomed.

Additional information

General entrance requirements apply.

If examinations are taken over two sittings, or there are repeats or upgrades, the entrance requirements may be higher.

INTO University of Stirling offers an International Foundation programme for those international students who do not meet the required academic and English-language criteria. This course offers a route to study at University of Stirling through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in the high-quality study facilities on campus. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences to the required standard provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

More information on our English language requirements

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You have a variety of options. You may opt to specialise in Media or in Film Studies, choosing from a wide array of advanced option modules. You can study French or Spanish, starting after a Higher or A-level, or as a beginner.

Semesters 1 - 3

You will take a combination of the following modules:

  • French or Spanish
  • The British Media
  • Global Cinema
  • The Moving Image
  • Post-war European Cinema
  • Media Impacts and Influences
  • Classic European Cinema
  • A second language

Semesters 4 - 8

You will continue the study of French or Spanish and choose from a range of module options in Modern Languages and Film and Media (listed below). In Semester 4 all students also take the module Transnational Identities, which examines issues such as globalisation, immigration, national and regional identity in a range of films. Semester 6 is spent studying at an approved French or Spanish speaking university.

Advanced (level 10) options are chosen from modules such as:

  • French Cinema of the Fantastic
  • Screening the City
  • Quebec Cinema
  • Sport, the Media and Popular Culture
  • Film and Television in Scotland
  • Gender and Representation
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Production
  • Television Drama
  • Radio Feature Production
  • Advertising
  • New Media and Society
  • Media Events
  • Queering Latin America: Sexuality and Gender in Film
  • Economics of Mass Media
  • New Hollywood Cinema
  • Elements of Radio Journalism
  • Reading Film and Television
  • Print Journalism
  • John Grierson and Documentary Analysis
  • Documentary Production
  • Video Drama Production
  • Television Feature Production
  • Public Relations
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Delivery and assessment

Assessment is continuous, and you will submit coursework as well as sitting exams. There is also a component of group work and group assessment, which enables you to develop teamwork skills.

Related degrees

Global Cinema; Journalism Studies; Film and Media; French; Spanish.

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).

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Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

In the first two years, students take a language (three contact hours per week), a European cinema module (two contact hours per week) and a module in Communications, Media and Culture (two hours per week). At Honours level, students have roughly two contact hours per week in each subject (approximately six in total).

Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.


1st in Scotland for Communication, Cultural and Media Studies (in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise)

1st in Scotland for Communications & Media (The Guardian University Guide, 2011, and The Independent Complete University Guide, 2011)

Study abroad opportunities

You may spend an optional year in France or Spain as a language assistant between Years 2 and 3 of the programme on an approved placement, in addition to Semester 6 spent at an approved French or Spanish university.


Staff on the course have international reputations in the fields of cinema and cultural studies, and have close connections with researchers and practitioners in academia, television and radio production, and film production and exhibition.

Academic strengths

Staff teaching on the course have particular strengths in Scottish film and media, European Cinema and media, transnational cinema and media, new media, postcolonial cinema, and queer cinema.

Our staff

Professor Elizabeth Ezra has published widely on cinema and culture, including books on European cinema, transnational cinema, early cinema, and French colonial/postcolonial film and culture. She sits on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals, and is co-director of Stirling’s MLitt Film Studies, which is jointly taught with Communication, Media and Culture.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

The attractive combination of skills developed by this course is highly sought after by employers both in the UK and abroad. Further, you will gain a network of European contacts that you can put to use in your future career. This course is a gateway to a wide variety of careers in publishing, academia, journalism, television, radio and film production, translating or law, administration and management, advertising and public relations.


Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students TBC
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2015/6

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,275.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years

Please note: Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.

Please note: Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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