What will I learn?

The viewing of screen-based media content – from Disney blockbusters to BBC documentaries, from high budget Netflix drama series to comedy shorts on YouTube – is central to the lives of many. Screen media industries – including film, television and video streaming companies – create this content and make it available to us via the screens of cinemas, living rooms, phones and tablets. As part of this programme, you will gain understanding into how the culturally and financially significant sectors of film, television and video streaming operate and impact upon economies and societies. You will gain abilities to explore and analyse these industries yourself, developing your own original research as part of your learning experience.

You will be taught by academic experts who have published widely on film, television and video streaming industries, and who will bring their experience and expertise into the classroom. You will have the opportunity to engage with screen media industries as part of assessments and learning activities and through attending guest lectures led by industry practitioners. You will be based in MediaCityUK, surrounded by a wide range of television and online video production companies with which you will have the opportunity to interact as part of your learning. The skills you will learn will be of high value to you should you be seeking to begin or develop a career in the media industries or commence PhD research in this field.

You will:

  • be taught by academic experts
  • be based in MediaCityUK
  • engage with media industries
  • gain skills appropriate for media work or PhD research


Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and a final year dissertation project. 100 per cent of the course will be assessed by coursework.

All assessments will afford you flexibility and choice in terms of their approach to assessment. You will, for example, have choice in terms of assessment task, research method, research topic and research case study selection.

The programme’s dissertation module gives you the option to complete a ‘collaborative dissertation’. This assessment enables you, in collaboration with a media organisation to complete a research project designed to meet the needs of that company. You can arrange collaborative partnerships with media organisations of their own choosing. Teaching staff will provide approval and supervisory support.


You are taught via two-hour workshops comprised of short lectures, group discussions and student-directed learning activities. You will be taught by academics who have expertise within the field of media industries, as well as by regular visiting industry speakers who will be able to impart unique knowledge and insight. You can furthermore discuss your learning and assessment with your tutors on a weekly basis as part of tutorials.


This programme is designed to equip students with an understanding of how screen media industries, including film, television and video streaming industries, function within society. Students will furthermore be taught to develop their own original research about these industries as part of their learning experiences.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Media

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,670.00 (US$ 17,880) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 September 2020


University of Salford

The Crescent,



M5 4WT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor's/professional bachelor's degree holders (when awarded by a regionally-accredited institution) with a general GPA of 2.75 or above will be considered for postgraduate study. We require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

For international students

This programme is suitable for applicants who have (at least) a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a humanities or social science subject. We welcome applicants who have experience of working within media professions, such as in film and television industries, who are aiming to increase knowledge of their ternational applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

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About this uni

The University of Salford is a thriving institution with a global presence based in Manchester in the north of England.

  • Excellent campus near Manchester city centre
  • Generous scholarships for international students
  • Specific International Foundation Years offered
  • GBP 5 million awarded in five years for scholarships