In each year there are six modules, each of which involves approximately 30 hours of contact time and around 120 hours of private study.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, screenings, various practical activities and assessments, and one-to-one supervision. All teaching is by subject specialists and teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims and objectives of each module.
In your first year you will have additional workshops around study skills, essay writing and preparing for exams. A variety of teaching approaches are employed in the second and third year depending on the modules you take. For example, teaching in film studies incorporates film screenings, group work and student presentations based on detailed research on a chosen film topic. One-to-one teaching is an important feature of the degree. In your third year your dissertation work will be supervised by a subject-specialist. You will be allocated a personal tutor whose job is to provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout the programme.
Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, exams, reviews and presentations. You will complete a 10,000 word dissertation or research project in your third year.
You will have regular meetings with your Personal Tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your Personal Tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Media and Communication courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 1032 hours
Year 2: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
Independent learning: 1008 hours
Optional year abroad: If you're spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you're studying at.
Final year: 11% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 132 hours
Independent learning: 1068 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.