Film and Media

Study Film and Media and graduate with a university degree

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

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.

Entrance 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 students who do not meet the required 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 skills

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.

Modes of study

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

Course contact

Dr David Rolinson University of Stirling
+ 44 (0) 1786 467520

Course Director

Dr Sarah Neely

Find out more

Degree course

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
  • Television Feature Production
  • Documentary Production
  • Researching Media and Culture
  • Dissertation

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

Teaching 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
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

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.

Study abroad

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


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’)


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. 

94% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13).

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

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.

Film and Media
  • Degree award BA (Hons)
  • UCAS Code P300
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Start date September / January
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