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    This programme combines the two highly relevant and interdependent disciplines of the social sciences and media. By choosing this programme you will further develop your knowledge of the academic theories and practical skills relevant to both social science and media. Social sciences looks at how societies function and the relationships with them. You'll examine issues such as crime, gender, immigration, consumerism, healthcare and democracy, whilst developing your appreciation for the complex relationship between society and the media.

    We gain our knowledge of society and goings-on in the world around us through reading newspapers and magazines, watching television or film, or visiting the millions of webpages available to us at our fingertips. You'll discover the ideologies and theories which underpin media and the platforms, structures, audiences and specific communications methods relevant in the media today.

    Our close ties with the media industry mean you will have the opportunity to interact with industry experts through guest lectures and master classes together with industry placement opportunities. You will also benefit from our state of the art media equipment and software, and gain the practical skills sought by the employers in the sector.

    This programme is designed for students with a relevant HND to enter at Year 3. As entry to this programme is only at Year 3, student support is uniquely tailored for your needs.

    The broad scope of this programme allows graduates to pursue employment in both the arts and social science industries including PR, journalism, radio and television, music and sound production, digital media, teaching, public administration, social work, and political and social research.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline any time Tuition fee Not specified Start date September 2015 Duration full-time 24 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Year 3:

    You'll study two compulsory modules including The Enterprise Value Challenge and Research Methods. In addition to this you will select two social science modules and two media modules. Social science options include: Policing and Society; Sociology Theory; Classical and Cootemporary; Gender and Society; Consumer Culture and Identity; Scottish Politics & Policy; Political Voice; Eagles V's Lions; Germany, Britain and WW1; Matter of Life or Death : Healthcare in the 20th Century Britain. Media options may include: Media Analysis 2: Disclosure, Ideology and the Media,; Creative Advertising; Music and Culture; TV Drama; European Film History; Film Theory goes to the Movies.

    Year 4:

    For the final year there are two structure options. The first includes undertaking both a dissertation and media project in a relevant field, in addition to two social science module options. However, you can also opt for the alternative structure which features a dissertation in a relevant area in combination with two social science modules. Social science options may include: Crime media and Culture; Globalisation and Crime; Global Capitalism and the Twenty First Century; Global Social Entrepreneurship; Scottish and Irish Diasporas 175--1950; Child Labour in Britain 1700-1870; Democracy at Risk; Environmental Political Thought. Media options may include: Scotland and the Media and National Identity; Sport and the Media; Advance Dramatic PR planning and Proposals; Media Ethics; Soap Opera and Society; Arts and Entertainment Journalism.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.



    HND Social Sciences and Media with a B in the graded unit(s). Other business-related HND programmes may be considered.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Glasgow Caledonian University.


    Glasgow Caledonian University is one of the UK’s most dynamic and diverse higher education institutions, with a tradition of welcoming students from all walks of life. As such, the University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure all students have an equal chance of success. The fees and funding that are relevant to you also depend on where you lived before coming to university.


    Glasgow Caledonian University is a distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university that is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. We have become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates. We win awards for our support and commitment to the student experience, whilst delivering innovation through our world-class research in key areas of strength. We have a tradition of widening access to higher education for talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, and we leverage our intellectual and social capital for the benefit of the communities we serve in Scotland and internationally.
    With a modern campus in the heart of the vibrant and welcoming city of Glasgow, our university has an excellent learning environment. It includes the Saltire Centre, our award-winning library that provides spaces for social learning as well as quiet study. Harnessing the latest technologies and industry expertise, Glasgow Caledonian University aims to unlock talent and equip our students with the skills to enable them to succeed in an increasingly competitive workplace.
    We work with the Students’ Association to develop our students through the Student Leaders Programme, and, through our international partners in China, Oman and other countries, we facilitate academic and research links and international staff and student exchanges.

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