Course Overview

With platform convergence, and a dissolving of the walls between information and entertainment media, Media Studies is an increasingly popular programme internationally as well as domestically. The Discipline of English has a tradition of giving critical attention to cultural creation in broad, inclusive contexts. This programme builds on that experience, and on ongoing student demand, to provide a programme, grounded in the humanities, that prepares students for engagement with our multi-platform media environment.

The primary focus of the programme is the theoretical study of media in critical and historical perspective. A core aim of this programme is to equip students with transferable communications and critical thinking skills that will equip them for future success in the labour market.

Students will have opportunities to explore both Media Studies and traditional English literature offerings. Based on current Teaching Council requirements, students in this denominated BA programme would meet the requirements to teach English at post-primary level.

Students will also develop research skills that afford them an appropriate grounding for further educational opportunities nationally or internationally. Several MA programmes provide pathways for graduates of this Denominated BA to proceed into further education at postgraduate levels at NUI Galway.

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Normal university entry requirements apply.

Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

Sept 2018

A Level Grades (n/a)

Average intake

45

Closing Date

Next start date

Sept 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY126

PAC code

Course Outline

The programme consists of five main parts:

  • English: students take the same modules as students in the general double-honours Arts programme.
  • Media Studies: students take a set of specific modules in years one, two, and four, as outlined below.
  • Minor two: students select a second minor from available options, and take modules in years one, two, and four.
  • Skills pillar: students take 10 ECTS (of the overall 60) each year in skills modules that support their subject-specific learning.
  • The third year of the programme is dedicated to study abroad, work placement, and other opportunities to apply and develop skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

YEAR ONE

Major: English (20 ECTS)

  • EN124
  • EN125
  • EN126
  • EN1100

Minor 1: Media Studies (15 ECTS)

  • Cultural Foundations (5 ECTS)
  • Media Ethics (5 ECTS)
  • Digital Literacies: Theory and Practice (5 ECTS)

Minor 2: (15 ECTS)

 

Skills (10 ECTS)

YEAR TWO

Major: English (30 ECTS)

 

- mix of lectures and seminars

Minor 1: Media Studies (10 ECTS)

Representation, Identity, Media (5 ECTS)

 

Media, Culture, Society (5 ECTS)

Minor 2: (10 ECTS)

 

Skills (10 ECTS)

YEAR THREE

Study Abroad OR Service Learning OR Work Placement (60 ECTS)

FINAL YEAR

English (30 ECTS)

- mix of lectures and seminars

Minor 1: Media Studies (10 ECTS)

 

The History of the Book (5 ECTS)

 

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (5 ECTS)

Minor 2: (10 ECTS)

 

Skills (10 ECTS)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The valuable oral and written communication skills, advanced research skills, and critical thinking skills that the BA in English and Media Studies develops are highly transferrable and sought after by employers in sectors including the education, culture, media, and knowledge industries. Graduates might progress to an exciting variety of careers in teaching, writing, editing, research, publishing, broadcasting, public relations, human resources, sales, or marketing. Alternatively, they would be well-poised to pursue further academic study in English or cognate disciplines at postgraduate level. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

The third year of the programme is dedicated to study abroad, work placement, and other opportunities to apply and develop skills outside the traditional classroom setting.

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Dr Elizabeth Tilley

E: elizabeth.tilley@nuigalway.ie