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Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Explore media in all mediums and lead discussions about how the media shapes our world today.
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Course overview

As media expands, the world shrinks. Interconnectedness is more important than ever.

On our BA Media course you’ll examine how media in all forms – spoken and written words, television and music, drawing and animation – creates meaning and how media, across these mediums, can be used to broadcast a wide range of messages for different purposes. Our wide range of modules means you develop analytical and practical skills and with access to our industry-standard resources, you can create work of your own. You'll have the option to choose modules outside of your degree to match your interests.

You're taught by practitioners and researchers who contribute to contemporary debate through their publications and frequently appear on national news and television. This active involvement means our academics keep you in touch with a rapidly changing and expanding industry.

This course is also available with a year of working or studying abroad. It's also possible to spend a year working in industry in the UK.

Why study Media at Kent?

Your degree. Your way.

From social media to celebrity culture, podcasting to promotional media and medium to message, you can customise you degree to explore your passions.


Top 10.

We're ranked 6th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2023.

A creative future.

Discover how Media graduate Seun Odubade enjoyed studying at Kent and how the support he received and skills he gained helped kick-start his career.

Build your network.

Meet industry professionals and make key contacts in organsiations such as the BBC and The Guardian at careers events, seminars and conferences.

Get hands on.

Outstanding resources include a production hub, cameras and sound recording equipment, video and editing stations and access to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Everything you need to know about our Media course

Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

Our degree is flexible: you study media through theory, but also through practice – you could be analysing the messaging of Hollywood movies and popular music, or creating your own broadcasts or video. With only one compulsory module per year, you have the freedom to make you degree your own and delve into the topics you are most passionate about.

How you'll study

You'll study in lectures and small group seminars and also attend screenings or take field trips. The majority of modules are assessed solely by coursework, while others have a mix of exams and coursework. Your coursework could be assessed by essay, or you might produce a podcast, video essay or print media as part of your assessment dependent on modules, so you can be assessed by the ways you work best.

Meet Lia

Seminars are really good opportunities to ask questions about anything you don't really get.

Lia had the fantastic opportunity to get involved in a documentary covering Pussy Riot's residency at Kent. You can hear from Lia about an average week for a Media student at Kent, or watch the documentary from a not-so-average week below!

Your future

As a Media student at Kent, you'll benefit from creating in tailored facilities, accompanied by a dynamic and supportive arts community, where you work alongside your peers, academics and industry professionals. Everyone you meet from the day you join the course becomes part of your extended network.

As a Media graduate, you’ll have worked on live projects and had the opportunity to go on internships and placements, giving you the experience to realise your ambitions. You'll also have studied media ethics, so when you bring your innovative ideas to workplaces, they're underpinned not just by your creativity but also by wider considerations.

The creative, communication and critical thinking skills you develop at Kent prepare you for a role in media specifically, with opportunities to jump into any form of media you want to make a difference in. But with media constantly expanding and the definition of media always broadening, we also ensure your skills are adaptable.

Your deeper understanding of communication, meaning and messaging are skills that can set you up for an exciting career in any field. This means that you are free to explore your passions and further your ambitions, from education to business, charity to government; you'll have the talent and insight to build the career that you want.

UK Media graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (482 salaries)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry
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  • International
  • UK
  • EU
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for year in industry

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Fees for year abroad

Fees for undergraduate students are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can apply through UCAS or directly on our website if you have never used UCAS and you do not intend to use UCAS in the future.

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