Film and Media

BA (Hons)


We have been teaching and conducting research in film, media and journalism since 1978, and our combination of academic and practical work continues to make us one of Scotland’s top institutions in this field.

On the Film and Media degree you will learn the critical and theoretical skills required to study a range of topics within film, broadcasting, digital media, advertising and political communications. You may select modules devoted to audio and video productions and developing related skills in production, post-production, content development, pitching and research.

As well as our excellent teaching and research you will benefit from the Macrobert Arts Centre, our on-campus, multi-screen cinema and theatre. This excellent resource offers a variety of different opportunities throughout the year, including film and cultural festivals. Students also choose to contribute to campus television station and filmmaking group AirTV and to Air3 Radio.

Key information

EU Applicants
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2018 and 2019 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU Students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree.

  • UCAS: P300
  • Qualification: BA (Hons)
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Campus based
  • Start date: September / January
  • Course Director: David Rolinson
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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David Rolinson

University of Stirling

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What makes us different?

Students taking production modules have full access to a modern suite of media facilities for radio and television production and a state-of-the-art newsroom. You will also be given the opportunity to participate in exchange programmes through which you could study for a semester or a year in a location chosen from a list including the United States, Canada, Australia and countries in Europe

Film and Media teaching combines analysis and practice. You will learn the critical and theoretical skills required to study a range of topics within film, broadcasting, digital media, advertising and political communications.

Whether studying Film & Media or Journalism Studies alone or in combination with other subjects, you can expect excellent teaching from staff with a range of skills, from active academic researchers to former and current professionals from media industries.

Stirling is first in Scotland for Film and Media Studies in The Guardian University Guide 2017.



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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Four-year Honours degree

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

GCE A-level:

IB Diploma:
32 points

BTEC (Level 3):


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.

Foundation Apprenticeships:

Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

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 costs

Fees 2018/19

Overseas students (non-EU) £ 12,140.00
Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
Students from the rest of the UK

£9250 – with a generous package of scholarship options

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for overseas undergraduates will be held at the level upon entry.

If you plan to commence your studies at the University of Stirling in January 2018, please note you will be subject to our 2017/18 fees. Please contact us for more information.

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 should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

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Payment options

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You will take Film and Media plus two other subjects in Semesters 1-3.

Semesters 1 - 4

You will take five core modules in Film and Media:

Semesters 5 - 8

You will take advanced semester modules. The modules on offer vary each year and the list below gives an illustration of the types of module that will be on offer.

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.

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. 


Find detailed module information for your intended degree. For other options, such as combined degrees, please consult the Degree Programme Tables.

The details shown are for illustration only (and may be subject to change). Your adviser of studies can help you choose electives to customise your degree to suit you.

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.)

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Related degrees

European Film and Media; Global Cinema; Journalism Studies

Recommended reading

Introductory Reading and Preparatory Work

As a first-semester module, this module is designed to be accessible to students whether or not they have prior experience of studying the media. Also, the module will often draw from and respond to topical research published in academic journals in the weeks leading up to the module teaching and which cannot be listed in advance here. However, the following titles may provide a useful level of introductory background for broad aspects of the module:

Bignell, Jonathan (2012). An Introduction to Television Studies. London: Routledge. (Third edition.)

Blain, Neil and David Hutchinson (Eds.) (2008). The Media in Scotland. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Branston, Gill and Roy Stafford (2010). The Media Student’s Book. London: Routledge. (Fifth edition.)

Lury, Karen (2005). Interpreting Television. London: Hodder Arnold

Reading List

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?



Stirling is ranked:

  • Top 20 in UK, Top 150 in the world Media and Communications (QS World University Rankings 2016/2017)
  • First in Scotland for Film and Media Studies (Guardian University Guide 2017)
  • 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’)
  • Second in Scotland for Communication and Media Studies, top 20 in UK (Complete University Guide 2017)

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. 

Our students

"My time at the University of Stirling is one that I will remember for the rest of my life.  Over my four years of study there, I developed significantly as a person - not only did I discover a passion for filmmaking and decide what I want to do with my life, but I experienced a host of other things that will not only stand me in good stead in my future career, but in my life in general.  For example, how to cope under pressure.  How to talk to people.  How to have faith in your own skills and abilities.

I also made a lot of great friends at Stirling, many of whom I hope to stay in touch with as the years go by.


Putting all of that aside however - for four years, Stirling was my home.  Even now, when I return, I feel a sense of comfort and familiarity in this small city and on campus."  

Jemma Campbell, BA (Hons) Film and Media and Journalism Studies, Graduated June 2015


"In 2012, I came to Stirling University to study a joint honours degree in History and Film & Media, before switching to a single honours degree in Film & Media at the beginning of my second year. During the 4 years I spent at Stirling, I studied a range of different subjects including Scottish history, journalism, management, advertising, film theory and TV production.  I graduated in 2016 with a 1st Class Honours degree, as well as winning the Thomas Alexander

Dunn Award for the best overall student of Film, Media and Journalism."

Jamie Sutherland, BA (Hons) Film & Media, Graduated June 2015

Both Jemma and Jamie went on to work as Video Production Inters within the Faculty in summer 2017.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Studying Film and Media develops a broad understanding of the media industries, together with production work, enabling students to build a portfolio of practical experience and skills related to the industry which are particularly useful in gaining employment.


A degree in Film and Media also develops many useful transferable skills including:


Expand your horizons

As part of this degree you will:

  • be able to choose a range of optional modules which offer activities and skills to help you get the most from your degree and your future career. These include*:
    • Undertaking a work placement to put your learning into context
    • A Career management skills module, preparing you to enter the job market
    • Business, accounting and management modules
    • Law modules
    • Business writing and digital literacy modules
    • French/Spanish language modules
  • Receive talks from visiting speakers from industry and alumni
  • Go on field trips
  • You will also be encouraged to take part in clubs and societies

*modules are subject to availability and depend on your chose degree structure

We’re here to help

We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes required by employers. We have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Career and Employability Service who work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

Our Alumni

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.

Our 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


Career options

The creative talent and technical knowledge film and television production students develop during their studies also equips them with many skills beneficial for working in other sectors

Jobs directly related to degree include:

Jobs where degree would be useful include:


Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict research or ambition to the jobs listed here.


Typical employers

Film and Media graduates are typically employed by:

  • Film and Television production companies
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism & PR industry
  • Corporate business
  • Charities
  • Universities
  • Marketing & advertising


What Employers Say

"As Head of Leith, it's my responsibility to find the best talent in Scotland to work with us. The University of Stirling is one of the best in Scotland for Film and Media and we want your graduates..."

Ed Brooke, The Leith Agency

Work experience

Like all creative arts industries, starting a career in film production can be challenging as there is strong competition for roles. Work experience, whether paid or voluntary, is essential for building a CV and portfolio, as well as increasing networking opportunities. It's never too early to start; students can take on temporary and part-time jobs while studying at university during vacation periods and weekends.

Many people in film and television start out as runners, supporting production staff on film and television sets. This is a good way to learn about the production process and gain valuable contacts in the industry. Also, make use of the projects you can take on at university to build a portfolio.

Although options for work experience may be voluntary, as experience grows this will provide the opportunity to access paid positions.


Further study
Many film &media graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due to develop their knowledge of the subject further to improve their career prospects. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law and publishing. For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For careers such as journalism and advertising, a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential.
Relevant further study available at Stirling includes:



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