Media Studies and English Literature BA (Hons)
This exciting course course is jointly run by the School of English and the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study English and combine it with Media Studies in order to equip themselves better for a career in these highly competitive professional fields. Media Studies includes: television and radio, film and video, software and computer games, design, professional writing, journalism and advertising. Skills and techniques learnt during the study and writing of texts lie at the core of many of the key areas in these industries. This course course will equip you with a solid grounding in the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought after professional in these fields.
You will also benefit from expert tuition that relates to the research interests of the academic staff from both Schools. The School of English can offer internationally recognised excellence in areas that include Medieval Literature, the Early Modern period, Romanticism, literary Modernism and Contemporary fiction and poetry. Within that range there are also strengths in Arthurian literature, Gender theory and Women's Writing, Literature and Science, and Welsh Writing in English.
The School of Creative Studies and Media at Bangor specialises in three key areas: Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Journalism; Media, Film and Cinema Studies, New Media; and The Entertainment Industries and Performance Arts. The School has research interests in all areas of the Creative Industries, with research programmes running in several key areas: the dimensions and enhancement of Creativity, Publishing and Bookselling, European Cinema, New and Digital Media, Performance and Nation, Creative Mobile Technologies, Celtic Film and Media, Creative Industries Policy and Management, Children's Picture Books, Postcolonial Film and Media, Creative and Critical Understanding, Digital Versatile Disk, Critical Responsiveness for Creative Practitioners, Interactive Television and Podcasting.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- The English degree at Bangor is special for two reasons:
- Width (the course runs from 900 to 2005) and;
- Choice (40 optional modules).
- Bangor has been ranked 1st in the UK for English Studies in the 2016 National Student Survey.
- The University also has a dedicated School of Creative Studies and Media building situated overlooking the beautiful Menai Strait and housing its own digital cinema, performance space, teaching rooms and meeting area. It is also the home of a number of national and international research, development and outreach programmes in the creative arts and creative industries. The University has a fully equipped Media Centre, with editing suites, production studios and media equipment available to students.
- Bangor has been the location of a number of festivals, is a regular site for visiting writers, film-makers and dramatists, and encourages students to engage widely with such areas as new media, journalism and cross-arts activity.
- We are committed to teaching in small groups and the majority of our modules are delivered through weekly workshops or seminars.
- This course is strengthened by Bangor's close links with many outside bodies, including Technium CAST in Bangor which focuses on visualisation-related technologies. Staff are practising professionals, who work on joint projects and act as consultants to industry.
- Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available on a competitive basis.
- Final-year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a company and could include working in a team with students from creative arts degree courses.
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
Media Studies offers a balance of practical and analytical tasks. Media production modules concentrate on three areas: studio production, single camera filming and editing, and radio production. These modules are assessed purely on the practical work of the individual. Modules on the influence of the media, drama and documentary have a more traditional approach and are assessed by exam and assignment. Much of your study will be done in small group teaching.
What will you study on this course?
A total of 120 credits must be taken in each year. Modules are as follows:
60 credits from:
- Television and Radio: Structure and Genre (20) (core)
- Essentials of Media Production (20)
- IT and Digital Communication (20)
- Language of Film (20)
- Introduction to New Media (20)
- Introduction to Journalism (20)
- Introduction to Film History (20)
- Essentials of Media Production (20)
- Television Comedy (20)
- American Television Culture (20)
- Publishing Past and Present (20)
- Media and Popular Music Culture (10)
- Introduction to European Cinema (10)
- Saints, Geniuses, Stars (20)
- Animation from Mickey to Manga (20)
- Women on Film (20)
60 credits from:
- Standard Media Production (20)
- Games and Virtual Environments (20)
- Marketing Creativity (20)
- Multimedia (20)
- Documentary and Drama (20)
- Film Theory/Film Culture (20)
- Writing for Film and the Media (20)
- Development of Journalism (20)
- British Publishing: Uncovered (20)
- French Film 1895-1950 (20)
- Bodily Cultures (20)
- Essential Film Production (20)
- World Cinema (20)
- Hollywood (20)
60 credits from:
- Advanced Practical Journalism (20)
- Individual Project (20) (core)
- Advanced Media Production (20)
- Development and Censorship of Television (20)
- Development of Public Relations (20)
- Digital Photojournalism (20)
- British Cinema (20)
- America on Film (20)
- Scripts for Theatre and Television (20)
- Stanley Kubrick: Auteur (20)
- e-Publishing (20)
- Creating Documentaries (20)
- East Asian Media and Culture (20)
- Page and Screen: France (20)
- Adaptations in European Cinema (20)
- Advanced Games (20)
- Applied Film Production (20)
- Writing Hypertext (20)
- Celtic Film (20)
60 credits from:
- Introduction to American Literature and Culture 1 (20)
- Introduction to Textual Analysis (20)
- Introduction to American Literature and Culture 2 (20)
- Critical Interpretations (20)
- Introduction to Medieval Literature (20)
- Reading the Renaissance (20)
- Travellers’ Tales (20)
- Literature of Comedy (20)
60 credits from:
- American Fiction Since 1960 (20)
- Jonson to Johnson (20)
- Writing the Renaissance (20)
- Shakespeare I (20)
- Medieval Literature (20)
- Romanticism (20)
- Victorian Literature (20)
- Early Twentieth-Century Literature (20)
- Late Twentieth-Century Literature (20)
60 credits from:
- Modern American Drama (20)
- Detective Fiction (20)
- Arthurian Literature (20)
- Renaissance Cultures (20)
- Shakespeare's Competitors (20)
- The Shelleys' Circle (20)
- Contemporary Poetry (20)
- Medieval Drama (20)
- The Literature of Argument (20)
- Postcolonial Literature (20)
- Chaucer (20)
- Written Selves in Early Modern (20)
- Creative Industries: Literature and Trade (20)
- Dickens and Print Culture (20)
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Media Studies and English Literature Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Employability and Creative Studies and Media degrees
Creative Studies and Media courses offer a number of career paths for you to choose from once you graduate. They emphasise the importance of creative exploration, and actual university-level critical understanding. These things - the ability to be creatively adaptable, consider the tools at hand and apply creative thinking, the importance of innovation and a combination of practical and critical knowledge - make Creative Studies and Media graduates ideal employees or, indeed, creative entrepreneurs in their own businesses.
Creative Studies and Media courses have seen graduates involved in both academe and in industry, including work in:
- Creative Writing, Professional Writing and Publishing;
- Performance and the Theatre, both on and behind the stage;
- Print and/or Broadcast Journalism;
- Actors, presenters and in television programme production;
- Advertising and the Marketing industries;
- Radio, as presenters, as well as in programme production;
- Digital, Web and New Media production;
- Multi-media industries.
A number of graduates have likewise continued to Postgraduate study.
Some have followed careers in teaching, lecturing, politics and public relations.
Employability and English Literature degrees
A degree in English Literature provides our students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the police, human resources, and academia. Several of our graduates have become leading figures in the arts.
Our degree will teach you the skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation. Our graduates are typically independent-minded, yet able to work as part of an effective team. The skills they possess are highly valued by employers.
Each year several of our students decide to undertake postgraduate study, lasting from one to four years. Postgraduate study is an opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise, and leads to a truly individual contribution as a literary critic or creative writer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, or make their way in the literary world.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (English Literature / English Language / English preferred but not required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in English Literature or Language)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM**
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis**
- Access course with English Literature element: Pass
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
**Can be considered in conjunction with another qualification in English Literat or Language, e.g. A levels and IB Higher.
For 2019 entry:
- 120-112 tariff points from a level 3 qualification - these include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
- We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants
E-mail for General Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717
International students (non-UCAS applicants)
Email to International Admissions: email@example.com or write to
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students are encouraged to purchase core texts for modules; the price for the core texts is typically between £20 and £50 per 20-credit module. All software is provided on University systems, but students may choose to purchase copies from software distributors for personal use.
Students on film production modules who choose to film away from Bangor will need to pay for travel to filming locations.
These can include School graduation events, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
In English Literature, mandatory costs will be the purchase of books. The precise cost will vary according to the choice of modules, but the average cost would not normally exceed £50 per module in English Literature and/or Creative Writing.
Theatre and cultural visits - the cost of these will vary from year to year depending upon the organised programme of events.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Why study a Creative Studies and Media degree?
Research and practice
- Our courses combine elements of research and practice.
- You have the opportunity to create and produce in all media fields under the supervision of staff that have many years of experience working in the media.
- We have excellent links with theatre companies, newspapers and the television industry. BBC Wales’ television and radio centre is literally next-door, and there are many independent producers nearby.
- Students will be able to take advantage of the new Pontio centre, which includes a theatre, a cinema, a design and innovation centre, and spacious lecture rooms.
- Our students play a prominent role in many creative projects, such as Student Cut Films, two student newspapers – Seren and Llef – and a radio station, Storm FM.
- We have a dedicated Media Centre with with editing suites, production studios, and digital media equipment.
- We also have a professionally equipped Radio studio with the latest digital equipment.
- The Centre has Avid, Matrox and analogue editing suites, and digital sound editing suites.
- We have a large performance space, computer lighting system and digital sound for rehearsal and performance work.
- We have a digital cinema with first-rate projection equipment and Dolby Surround Sound.
- Our staff have many years of experience working in the media, so can offer students practical guidance
- We have research active staff who are world-experts in their fields, providing advice to governments, corporations and NGOs
- We're a close-knit department and give individual attention to our students to help their development
Why Study English Literature or Creative Writing at Bangor?
There are many fantastic reasons for choosing to study English Literature and/or Creative Writing at Bangor.
- At undergraduate and postgraduate level, we offer a broad and flexible range of module choices, combining the innovative (e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Transformative Writing and The Gothic in Literature and Film) with the more traditional (e.g. Victorian Literature and Jonson to Johnson)
- Our teaching is based on the latest research. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placing our School in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
- With award-winning pastoral care, one-to-one support and individualised feedback, we get to know our students as individuals and enable them to pursue their own creative interests.
- Employability. We provide our students with transferrable skills that are valued by employers. 85% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing the course (source: DLHE). Our graduates have gone on to have wide-ranging and successful careers in many sectors, including the performing arts, education, law, the civil service, press, media and public relations.
- Arts and Culture. Our close links with Pontio (the University’s £40 million Arts Centre), local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies - including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) - give students plenty of opportunities to get involved.
- Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study, situated on the Menai Straits at the foot of Snowdon, and less than three hours by direct train from London!
- Read what our students say.
Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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