Film and Media

BA (Hons)


Stirling is top in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

We are pioneers in film and media education and research, nationally and internationally active in the field since 1978. The department is one of the largest in the UK and has consistently been rated top in Scotland in Research Assessment Exercises since they began (including the most recent exercise).

Teaching is highly rated and focuses on the critical and theoretical study of film, broadcasting, journalism and the press, the Internet and new media, sport and advertising. Audio and video production work, in small groups, is a popular strand of the undergraduate course, along with scriptwriting.

Key information

  • UCAS: P300
  • Degree type: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September / January
  • Course Director: Katharina Lindner
  • School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

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

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

Other qualifications


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

Advanced entry
Year 2 entry may be possible with an HND in a related subject. Please consult our Advanced Entry pages for suitable courses.

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

Additional information

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

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.

Fees and finance

Fees 2016/7

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,555.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK £6,750 per year for a maximum of 4 years


Fees 2017/8

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 11,845.00
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. 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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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Film and Media plus two other subjects in Year 1.

Semesters 1 - 4

You will take five core modules in Film and Media:

  • Media 1: Representation, Meaning and Identity
  • Media 2: The Moving Image
  • Media 3: Reading Film and Television
  • Digital Media and Culture
  • Understanding Audiences 

Semesters 5 - 8

You will take advanced semester modules selected from the following:

  • Advertising
  • TV Drama
  • Scriptwriting
  • Cultural Theory and Media Practice
  • Experimental Cinema
  • Terrorism in the Media
  • The Body in Screen Culture
  • Sport, the Media and Popular Culture
  • Gender and Representation
  • British Cinema from the 1930s to the Present
  • The Poetic Eye: Documentary Film and Television
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Production
  • Radio Feature Production
  • Radio Drama Production
  • Documentary Production
  • Researching Media and Culture
  • Dissertation
  • Production: Editing and Workflow
  • Production: Content Development and Research

You are admitted to the production strand in Semester 5 on the basis of merit.

Delivery and assessment

Lectures, seminars, workshops, group projects and presentations all feature in learning and teaching provision, and industry practitioners frequently deliver elements of the course. Assessment is by means of examinations, essays, individual and group practical assignments, creative projects (some of which involve group practical assignments) and dissertations.

Combined degrees

Film and Media can be studied with:
CourseUCAS Code
Business Studies NP13
English Studies QP33
French RP13
History PV31
Journalism Studies PP35
Law P3M1
Marketing PN35
Philosophy VP53
Politics PL32
Psychology CP83
Religion VP63
Sociology LP33
Spanish RP43
Sports Studies CP63

(For a Combined Honours degree the higher entrance requirements of the subjects usually apply.)

Related degrees

European Film and Media; Global Cinema; Journalism Studies

Modes of study

Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
January entry also available - see semester dates

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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.


Stirling is ranked:

  • Top 150 universities worldwide for Communication and Media Studies in the QS World University Rankings for 2013/2014
  • Top in Scotland for Communication and Media (Complete University Guide 2014)
  • Top in Scotland for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship (Guardian University Guide)
  • Top in Scotland in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies as rated by the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise (70% of our research in highest categories ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’)

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

Study abroad opportunities

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several North American and European universities.


The Film and Media degree at Stirling gives students the chance to develop their skills within a supportive and stimulating environment. Staff teaching on the course include specialists in digital media and culture, documentary, transnational cinema, television drama, broadcast production, Scottish cinema, queer theory, feminist theory, and public relations. The course is also strengthened by regular input from our industry advisory board of professionals who offer a diverse range of experience and expertise. 

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Many Film and Media students have established successful careers in the media. These include broadcast and print journalism; television, radio and film production; media management; advertising and public relations; and education. For specific graduate news, visit:

Skills you can develop through this course

Students studying Film and Media will develop a number of key transferable skills seen as desirable by many employers and crucial for anyone interested in working within the ever-changing media industries. These include the ability to:

  • think critically and independently
  • investigate and research topics using the appropriate methods
  • write persuasively and competently
  • present an oral argument , independently or as part of a group
  • work effectively as part of a team
  • draw from a range of creative and practical production skills, and
  • time management skills

Chances to expand your horizons

Many modules offered as part of the Film & Media degree include regular workshops and guest lectures delivered by industry speakers, many of who are graduates of the programme.  The Division, in partnership with Peter Broughan (Producer) and Creative Scotland, runs the Scottish Cultural Memory Project (SCMP), an important initiative whose aim is to capture and preserve the first-person memories and accounts of prominent Scottish film & TV practitioners. Students play an active role in the project, with many of the interviews featuring as part of the curriculum. Students have also played a key role in the project by serving as part of the production team filming the interviews.

Where are our graduates now?

Film & Media graduates are currently working in over 7 countries around the world including: USA, Canada, Norway, New Zealand and Ireland.

Film & Media graduates are currently contributing to the performance of the following organisations: 

  • BBC Radio 1
  • Virgin Media
  • The Moving Picture Company
  • Pitlochry Theatre
  • STV
  • The British Youth Film Academy
  • Penguin Books
  • British Sky Broadcasting Limited
  • Virgin Media
  • The British Youth Film Academy

To provide you with an indication as to what you can do with your Film & Media degree, graduates entering into employment in the past two years are currently working as: 

  • VFX Production Coordinator
  • Assistant Editor
  • Presenter - BBC Introducing Production Manager
  • Communications Officer

Building on that foundation, alumni of Stirling’s Film & Media degree who graduated between five and ten years ago have since advanced into some of the following positions:

  • Publishing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Sponsorship Manager - Channel Partners
  • Inhouse Filmmaker
  • Reporter Producer
  • Development Assistant Producer

Some of our more established alumni are currently leading and shaping Film & Media strategy across many different sectors – here is an example of how a few former Stirling Film & Media students have advanced in their careers:

  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Senior Sports Broadcaster
  • Head of Business Affairs
  • Journalist/Presenter
  • PR Assistant
  • Event Co-ordinator
  • Production Runner

Graduating with a degree in Film & Media degree does not necessarily mean that you have to progress into a career in that field.  A Film & Media degree is a solid foundation upon which to base a career in a variety of different fields. Currently our Film & Media graduates are working in roles such as: 

  • Central Planning Coordinator
  • Sales Support Analyst
  • Junior Account Director
  • Marketing Executive
  • Senior Brand Manager
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