Film and Media Studies

Film and media is one of the most popular art forms across the world and is one that is constantly evolving. It can inform, shock and entertain us in a way that few other creative art forms can. Film and media helps to represent local, national and global cultures as well as giving individuals a platform for expression.

Film and Media Studies is a dynamic subject area, bringing together theory and practice. Topics include:

  • Audio and video production
  • Programme development
  • Digital media
  • Editing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Radio
  • Understanding audiences
  • Media culture
  • Global film
  • Media research

Film and Media courses at Stirling are consistently ranked among the best in the UK. We work with industry to develop course content. By striking a balance between practical training and critical thinking, we help to prepare you to meet the challenges of a career in digital media, broadcasting, television, film and more.

Film and Media Studies courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

Undergraduate courses
CourseStart date
BA (Hons) Digital MediaAugust 2023
BA (Hons) Film and MediaJanuary 2023, September 2023, January 2024
Postgraduate courses
CourseStart date
MRes Media ResearchSeptember 2022, September 2023
MSc Digital Media and CommunicationSeptember 2022, September 2023
MSc Media ManagementSeptember 2022, September 2023


We offer a variety of scholarship and funding options to help you finance your studies at the University of Stirling.

Undergraduate scholarships

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Postgraduate scholarships

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infographic: Top 5 in Scotland

Top 5 in Scotland

for Communication and Media Studies

Complete University Guide 2023

infographic: 3rd in Scotland

3rd in Scotland

for Media and Film Studies

The Guardian University Guide 2022

Graduate careers in Film and Media Studies

The rapidly changing industries of television, film and media need graduates with the cutting-edge skills that can be readily applied in all types of roles. Many of our graduates have established successful careers in the media in areas such as:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Film production
  • Media management
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Some of our Film and Media graduates are currently working for the following organisations:

  • BBC Radio 1
  • Channel 4
  • McCann Universal Media
  • Virgin Media
  • STV
  • The British Youth Film Academy
  • MTV
  • British Sky Broadcasting Limited

Partnerships and industry

Our close partnerships with industry offer excellent opportunities for networking and industry experience. Many of our Film and Media courses have been designed in conjunction with industry practitioners.

Specialist facilities

Students study in a stimulating environment with access to state-of-the-art kit, a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production, along with a newsroom. There’s also opportunities to be part of our campus television, filmmaking and radio stations.


Air 3 Radio – the University of Stirling’s student run radio station which broadcasts every day during the semester.

AirTV – a student society for all those interested in creating film.

Brig Newspaper – the University of Stirling’s student newspaper and website.

Film Society – a society for all students to watch, debate and celebrate cinema in all its forms.

Film and Media Studies research

Film and Media research at the University of Stirling is carried out by the Communications, Media and Culture research group. 100% of our research environment and 88% of our overall research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies was classed as world leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, positioning us 2nd in Scotland overall for our research.

Our work encompasses research into screen and print media, digital and social media, public communication and promotional culture, heritage and archives.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Film and Media Studies postgraduate research students benefit from all our academic expertise – and play a key part in contributing to it in a supportive, vibrant research environment. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in: