English Language and Media BA(Hons)
English Language and Media BA(Hons), a joint-honours degree at the University of Brighton, recognises and reflects the interconnectedness of the two subject areas. The course strives to highlight the relationship between language and media by critically discussing the social, historical, political and theoretical debates that underpin the two areas of study.
The English Language strand provides you with a strong understanding of the fundamentals of the English Language and the necessary skills to carry out independent research. In the first two years, we introduce you to the meta language used to describe language features, the historical development of the English Language, and provide you with an essential understanding the interconnectedness between language, society and power. The Media strand gives you an in-depth understanding of the theories and approaches to the study of the Media alongside practical experience of media production in film and television in the first two years. In the final year, you have the opportunity to pursue your individual research and practice interest combining both English Language and Media or one of the areas.
On this course you will examine how the English language works in different contexts, and how it developed to become one of the most powerful languages in the world. In media we introduce the key concepts, approaches and theories that allow you to analyse the ways that media relate to their cultural contexts. You also will produce television programming. In addition, you will be able to choose options to tailor your degree to your specific interests. Our tutors have a strong research record and several members of our team have won Teaching Excellence awards.
Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars and workshops. You will also develop the skills for self-managed learning. Our students are encouraged to work together to share and develop their own views.
Areas of study
In English language we start with the tools to analyse the structure of English and an overview of how the English language has developed. We then look at the different varieties of English as a global language, as well as how language figures in the construction of identities and how it is involved in creating and maintaining power relations. In the final year, your study focuses on approaches to analysing discourse, that is, language in use. In media, you will explore fundamental concepts and theories involved in understanding contemporary media and communication with opportunities to develop production skills and critical awareness of television, film and information and communication technology. You will analyse different media genres in historical, cultural and crosscultural perspectives and examine how the media shape our view of the world.
The Structure and Grammar of English
Text Analysis: Genre and Style
Perspectives on the History of the English Language
Analysing Factual Television
TV Studio Production
Language, Identity and Power
Researching Variation in English
History and Theory of Film
Media Narratives and Representation
Options (two from):
Studying Travel Writing
Gothic - Eighteenth Century to Contemporary
American Literature (1850-1960)
Digital Media and Culture
Linguistics and Grammar: concepts and analyses
Second Language Acquisition
Community and Personal Development
Video documentary project
Spoken and Written Language
Writing and Social Purpose
French, German or Spanish
Approaches to Analysing Discourse
Popular Culture: Europe and Beyond
Dissertation or creative project
Options (two from):
Women's Writing, Feminist Theory
Modernist to Contemporary Fiction
Creative writing project
Writing for the Screen
Film, Culture and Language
Journalism and Media Relations
Images of War
Film Adaptations of Literature
English Language Teaching
Approaches to the Study of Meaning
Community Participation and Development
French, German or Spanish
Career and progression opportunities
Our graduates pursue a variety of careers. They are working in film and documentary production, publishing, journalism and the media, business, the public services and teaching. Students also go on to postgraduate study and research.
UCAS code QP33
Full-time: 3 years (max 7 years)
Part-time: 6 years (max 7 years)
With placement year Optional
BBB which must include English language or combined English language and literature.
32 points, specified subjects.
Access to HE Diploma
pass with at least 45 credits at level 3. English or humanities courses preferred
GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.
/HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2.
For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
The fees listed here are for full-time courses for the upcoming academic year only. Further fees are payable for subsequent years of study.
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, whether you study full- or part-time and whether or not you already have a higher education qualification. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take. Different rules apply to research degrees - contact the course team for up-to-date information.
Visit www.brighton.ac.uk/money for more information, including advice on international and island fee paying status, and the government's Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) policy.
UK/EU (FT) - 9,000 GBP
Island Students (FT) - 9,000 GBP
International (FT) - 11,220 GBP
Our media students working in their fully-equipped tv studio at Falmer
Media Studies is a broad subject area and you will find many different approaches to the way it is taught nationally and internationally. With roots in literary and cultural theory and sociology it is an exciting subject area which is continually developing. We believe that in 21st century ‘media societies’ it is an essential subject area and can give us all a deeper understanding of the complexities of how our lives and the media are intimately interconnected.
On the joint degrees in Media at the University of Brighton taught from our Falmer Campus, we place a particular emphasis on the understanding and interpretation of media texts in their social, cultural, historical and political contexts. We teach Media Studies through both theory and practice. We believe that an insight into how the media work and what they do is vitally important in today’s society and that engaging in your own creative media work alongside a critical engagement with the ideas of media scholars is the best way to learn about the complexities of the media.
The core curriculum introduces you to key concepts and ideas in Media Studies across print, film and television. For example we look at key notions in textual analysis, genre theory, narrative and representation and the workings of power in the media. This core element is distinctive because of its particular focus on European and World cinemas and popular culture and the way we weave your critical and creative practice together. Our overall approach is to deepen your understanding of the complex inter-relationships between society, cultures and the media.
Through our wide of options you can opt for more specialist areas within media studies. For example we offer documentary theory and practice, journalism, digital media, scriptwriting, photography and fiction film production. Because we believe in the importance of seeing how the study of media also relates to language and literature study, regardless of the media joint degree you are studying you can choose options from those subject areas as well.
Media Studies on joint degrees at the University of Brighton offers you the challenge of combining different but related subject areas at a high level of study. It is demanding but worthwhile. You will learn many new skills and learn many new ideas that will not only stand you in good stead for what you do after university, but also challenge you to think about yourself, your society and the media in important and exciting ways.
Images (right to left): Text of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf; our students explore medieval language on a field trip to Canterbury; Victorian advertising language
If you are considering English Language at university it may be because you have a particular interest in the structure of the language, in how it is constantly changing and developing and in how we may understand, describe and understand these changes.
It may be that you want to look more closely at how literary and popular texts are constructed depending on their intended audience and purpose. Perhaps you would like to learn more about how the historical and current changes and developments in English reflect a wide range of social and political events and issues. Or is it because you are fascinated by this language which has global importance as a means of communication but means so many different things to different people? Each of us has our own relationship with the English we speak and write and share with the many different communities that we live in both physically and virtually and this is just one of the many issues that you can explore further in your studies.
At Brighton you can study English Language as part of a joint honours degree with Linguistics, Literature or Media and it is the symbiotic nature of these four subjects which is valued by our teaching team. The strength of studying English alongside another subject is highlighted in the latest English Language Subject Benchmark Statement by a national group of English Language scholars and coordinated by the University of Brighton.
“The responsive nature of the discipline and its intellectual range and diversity of approach open it up to the knowledge and procedures of other subjects. English Language encourages inter- and multidisciplinary procedures’ English Language Subject Benchmark Statement , June 2011, (page 4)
Committed to the value of excellent teaching, members of the English Language team in Brighton have been nominated by their students for both the Excellence in Teaching Scheme, and the Brighton Students’ Union Excellence Awards. Recently one of our team received the Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning (University of Brighton) Award and was one of the two tutors nominated by the University for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme run by The Higher Education Academy.
Team members’ current research interests reflect this commitment to teaching and include working on developing students’ advanced academic writing skills in collaborative groups, feedback practices, and pedagogical grammars of English Language. We deliver course content through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops and regularly offer small group and individual tutorials, and all modules are supported by active use of the university’s online learning environment.
An important feature of the curriculum is to give you more choice in specific subject areas as you proceed through the course. In the first year, you will be introduced to six core modules equally balanced between the two subject areas. In the second year of your study, you will be able to pursue your interests in specific subject areas through your choice of options along with the four core modules that you will take. The final year is designed to strengthen your independent learning skills. You will have two core modules, one from English Language and one from Media studies, and two options. You also undertake your major independent piece of work in your chosen subject(s) areas either as a dissertation or as a creative project. It is in this area that you will be able to pursue a personal pathway by building on your option choices from your course. For example, you might take more practice based modules such as documentary making or creative writing to shape your degree to have a more creative edge. You may choose, however, to pursue a more theoretical pathway or even a combination of the two.
In year one, you will study the principal concepts and approaches to the study of the Media along with two modules, one practical and one theoretical in factual television. The practical factual television module takes place in our state-of-the-art TV studio. Your first year also provides you with an essential introduction to the study of English Language at degree level. The core English Language modules will enable you to develop the meta language to describe language features and their use in different genres. You will also explore the historical perspective of the development of the English Language.
In year two, you study the history and theory of film, and the key areas of representation and narrative in media studies. The second year also provides an essential grounding in understanding language in society and how it varies according to both context and the user. The focus of several second year modules is also on enabling independent study and research in preparation for the skills required in your final year dissertation or creative project.
In year three, you study popular culture within a comparative approach looking at a variety of television genres fromacross Europe and beyond in the media strand of your course. In the English language strand, building on the knowledge developed over the first and second year, you will study different approaches to analysing how different types of discourse are constructed.
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Analysing Factual Television
- TV Studio Production
- Structure and Grammar of English
- Text Design: Genre and Style
- Perspectives of the History of the English Language
- History and Theory of Film
- Media Narratives and Representation
- Language, Identity and Power
- Researching variation in Language
- Two options from:
- Introduction to Journalism
- British Literature and 20th Century History
- Creative Writing
- Linguistics and Grammar: Concepts and Analyses
- Second Language Acquisition
- Signs, Genres and Representation
- Life Online: Digital Media and Culture
- Videogames Cultures
- American Literature 1850-1960
- Studying Travel Writing
- Writing and Social Purpose
- Spoken and Written Language
- Documentary project
- Film Noir
- Community and Personal Development Project
- UCML – (French, German, Spanish) – NB this module runs over 2 semesters
- Analysing Discourse
- Popular Culture: Europe and Beyond
- Dissertation or Creative Project
- Two options from:
- Reading British Narrative Texts
- Writing for the Screen
- Creative Writing Project
- Kerpow! Language of Graphic Novels
- English Language Teaching
- Women's Writing, Feminist Theory
- Approaches to the Study of Meaning
- Film, Culture and Language
- French, German, Spanish
- Journalism and Media Communication
- Literary Adaptations
- Performing Gender
- Victorian Sexualities
- Brighton Rocks
- Approaches to the Study of Meaning
- Images of War
- Children’s Screen Cultures
- Screen Comedy
- Literature and Film as Philosophy
- Community Participation and Development