Film and Media at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS

Course summary

The film and media that we create and consume reflects our individual identities, our local and national cultures and the political players on the global stage. Our film and media degree will help you examine these topics using rigorous academic discipline and practical production techniques. Graduates are well equipped for careers in the creative industries and beyond. On this course you will study film as an artistic and commercial enterprise, as well as various media institutions and the debates surrounding them. You will engage in deep critical thinking about culture, media and society as a whole. You will also develop real-world technical skills in video and media production, teamwork, academic research, project management and a variety of forms of communication. Modules in the first two years will introduce you to key developments in film and media, and key concepts in film and media studies, including the emergence of cinema and the establishment of national broadcasting systems, and concepts such as narrative, popular culture and citizenship. In Years Three and Four you choose specialist film and media options in, for example, television drama, screenwriting and photography. You can spend a semester in Year Three studying abroad with one of our exchange partners (subject to availability). In Year Four you complete a written or production dissertation. Production dissertations can be in film, photography or screenwriting. You can choose a group production dissertation that adds another dimension if you want to specialise in a particular production role such as director, writer or editor.


Year 1: Studying Cinema/Media Analysis/ Studying Media and Communications/ Media and Communications Industries/ Media Production: Skills and Techniques/Media Production: Video Project Year 2: Film Genre Popular Media Cultures/ Disruption in the Media and Cultural Industries/Media Production: Storytelling/Media Production: Online Journalism/Media Client Project Year 3: Creative Entrepreneurship/Global Film Cultures/Media, Politics and Culture/ Developing a Research Project/plus two options Year 4: Dissertation/Modernity on Screen/ Film and Family/plus three options Years Three and Four options may include: Communicating in Organisational Settings/ Communication, Arts and Activism/ Experiential Learning Placement/Film and the Family/Film Festivals/Photography and Visual Culture/ Photography Practice/Playwriting/ Playwriting 2/Political Communication/ Popular Music/Radio and Audio Media/ Reputation Issues and Crisis Management/Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror/ Scotland on Screen/ Screenwriting/International PR/Student Initiated Module/The American West in Popular Culture/The Only Way is Ethics/The Video Essay/ Video Production/World Animation

Assessment method

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and in practical workshops. We have superb on-campus resources, and media production equipment, including a recently-upgraded film editing suite and dedicated production and photography area equipped with a green screen and on-site lighting equipment. You will be assessed in a wide array of ways across the course, including presentations, reflective diaries, blogs, videos, essays and some written exams.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Year 2: HNC in a related subject with B in the graded unit Scottish Higher: BC at Advanced Higher in relevant subjects plus BB at Higher A Level: BBB in relevant subjects Year 3: HND in a related subject with CB in the graded units We can consider applications to level 2 or 3 with suitable qualifications. Agreed articulation routes from Scottish HNC and HND programmes can be found here:

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

We accept many different qualifications, but cannot list them all here. Please contact the Admissions Team for further information or advice if you are thinking of taking a course of study. We welcome applications from international applicants and you can find information on specific entry requirements by country here: We also welcome applications from mature students, or people holding qualifications such as Access courses or OU modules. The Scottish Wider Access Partnership (SWAP) offers a range of local Access courses and those that are accepted for entry are listed here:

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score equivalent to 6.0 and with no individual component less than 5.5.

QMU English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £8000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland: full-time Rest of UK fees will be charged for the first three years of study. The fourth year is free.
Film and Media at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh - UCAS