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Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Cultural Studies and Media

Explore culture, media and society on an interdisciplinary degree that prepares you for a broad range of careers.
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Course overview

Media cultures, industries and digital innovations play a huge role in shaping the world in which we live. Understanding these media, how they work, and their products, platforms and practices, is key to understanding our culture and preparing for the workplace of the future.

We are surrounded by images, texts, messages, advertisements and apps that are increasingly tailored to us through various algorithms and artificial intelligences. In this innovative, interdisciplinary course, you’ll gain the theoretical tools to understand debates and controversies in areas such as digital media, journalism, environmentalism, gender, and politics. 

Combining theory with the practical research and creative skills to create and criticise a wide variety of culture and media forms, you’ll be well prepared for the growing number of careers in which the understanding of culture, media and audiences is a valuable skill.

Why study Cultural Studies and Media at Kent?

Broaden your horizons.

Spend a year abroad at one of our partner universities in Canada, the US, Singapore, China, Finland, or Ireland.



Sociology at Kent was ranked 2nd for research quality in The Complete University Guide 2023.

World-leading experts.

Study and work with world-leading experts in media, culture and journalism on an interdisciplinary course giving a global perspective.

Creative project.

You can take up a residency at The Margate School, a fine arts institute affiliated with the École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen.

Digital evolution.

Learn about emerging digital research on our innovative Researching Digital Culture and Society module.

Everything you need to know about our Cultural Studies and Media course

Entry requirements

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

Course structure

You’ll gain an overview of different cultural, media, and sociological theories addressing interactions between ‘culture’, ‘media’ and ‘society’ as part of a broader global and historical context. This will give you a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary issues in media and culture.

How you'll study

We use a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, case study analysis, group projects and presentations, and individual and group tutorials. Many module convenors also offer additional ‘clinic’ hours to help with the preparation of coursework and for exams.

Your future

Our Cultural Studies and Media course provides you with the ideal combination of skills to prepare you for a career in the media, creative and advertising sectors, as well as many others. These include:

  • concepts and theories which help you understand the key issues and approaches to understanding contemporary culture and media
  • research methods that allow you to collect, understand, analyse and interpret a variety of cultural data
  • practical skills to engage with cultural and media production.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • Advertising and design
  • Arts administration
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • International institutions and NGOs
  • Media, journalism, broadcasting
  • National and local government
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Social and cultural policy
  • Social and community projects organisation
  • Tourism and heritage.
Student success
“Any ideas about what I want to do in the future were shaped as a result of my experience at Kent.”

When you’re taught by passionate people, it rubs off on you and helps you to engage with different perspectives.

Maria-Lore Haag is in the final year of her BA (Hons) Cultural Studies and Media degree.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2023 entry

The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:


  • 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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