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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Media, Culture and Communication (Top-up)

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Media students clinch Best Film Award in national film competition, to represent Singapore in the 48 Hour Film Project's annual awards festival in Seattle, USA.

Their film "The Curse of the Pantianak" will go on to represent Singapore against all the other city winners around the world at Filmapalooza 2017.


Students from MDIS School of Media & Communications

Why study Media, Culture and Communication studies?

The study of media, culture and communication is the exploration of the relationship between media, culture and society. In a media-saturated culture, developing a critical awareness of media is crucial to our understanding of contemporary society.


Why choose University of Sunderland, UK?

  • Sunderland has been providing higher education in the city since 1901, and they are an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support.
  • Our teaching is enriched by cutting-edge research. We host the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 25% of our research was rated ‘world-leading’ and 38% ‘internationally excellent’.
  • Shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (Times Higher Education Awards 2014)
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for Media and Film Studies by The Guardian University Guide 2017



The programme has the following general objectives:

  • Familiarise students with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the multidisciplinary field of media, cultural and communication studies;
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in specific subject areas within this field, whilst maintaining breadth of study across it;
  • Develop students’ ability to undertake independent research in cultural studies and/or various aspects of the media;
  • Develop a critical awareness of ethical issues with a communications/journalism context;
  • Introduce students to a range of learning methods and methodological practices appropriate to the different subject areas;
  • Develop in students a high level of communication skills in the presentation of critical and creative ideas;
  • Offer students the opportunity to engage in practice to a specialist level in up to one area of media production/practice.


Career Opportunities

This degree provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers in the media.

Possible sectors include:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Digital Media
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Organisational Communications
  • Advertising

Preparing you for employment is at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is clear. It is to provide you with an outstanding platform so you can develop as a person and for your future career as a current student or a recent graduate.

Recent graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with regional newspapers, public relations companies as well as international broadcasters.


Students who have successfully completed all course work and passed the examinations will receive the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media, Culture and Communication awarded by the University of Sunderland, UK.



“The lecturers, Dr Catherine Tay and Dr Beverly Yuen, know their work well. Their lessons are interesting and include many personal experiences.
“The lecturers also know how to motivate us, and they treat us as colleagues and not students.”

Mr. Muhammad Haziq Abdul Wahah
MDIS Student 2017
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Media, Culture and Communication (Top-up)

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University of Sunderland, UK

The University of Sunderland places its 20,000 students at the heart of everything it does, providing life changing opportunities for a diverse and vibrant learning community.

Sunderland is an internationally connected university, with 18 educational partners in 12 countries. Almost a third of our students study for a Sunderland degree off-campus in their own country – meaning the University is regarded as a pioneer in transnational education. In addition our international reach is growing and we attract students to Sunderland and to the University of Sunderland in London from over 100 countries.

The University is acknowledged as one of the UK’s top providers of Transnational Education with over 6,500 students studying for University of Sunderland academic awards with quality assured partners in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Botswana, Germany, Kenya, Uzbekistan and Trinidad.
Our student support and research-informed curriculum mean learners develop the skills and flexibility employers are looking for, and the behaviours and values that contribute towards social responsibility and citizenship.

Our research has been classed as 'world leading' in 10 subjects and 'internationally excellent' in an additional three subjects, by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF).


Media Studies 2 (20 credits)

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

  • Understanding of key concepts, theoretical approaches, issues and debates within the field of media studies;
  • Ability to engage critically with these concepts, approaches, issues and debates.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture 2 (20 credits)

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary cultural theories;
  • Ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to an analysis of the media and to communicate effectively.

Advanced Public Relations (20 credits)

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

  • Ability to deploy an advanced range of PR techniques;
  • Ability to evaluate the success of a complex PR project against specific corporate objectives;
  • Ability to carry out a communications audit to evaluate an organisation’s practice against its stated  objectives;
  • A systematic understanding of the principles and practice of a wide range of PR techniques;
  • A systematic understanding of the concept and commercial importance of corporate reputation.

Media Ethics (20 credits)

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated the following:

  • A critical understanding of the concepts of free speech, privacy and the public interest within a historical, philosophical and ethical context;
  • A critical understanding of the historical and political framework of media regulation, and an awareness of contemporary debates;
  • Understanding of key concepts, theoretical approaches, issues and debates relating to globalisation and identity in an era of rapidly expanding technology.

Media Project (40 credits)

Upon successful completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

  • An enhanced understanding of production techniques, such as planning, research, production and post-production;
  • Developed skills in their chosen specialist genre, skill and/or medium;
  • Developed skills in teamwork, time-management, negotiation and project delivery.

Profile of lecturers and their respective teaching modules

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (lecture)

The average lecturer/student ratio is 1 : 30 (tutorial)


Structure and Duration

Part-Time Programme (for Local students only)

  • Completion in 12 months
  • 100% Coursework
  • 4 modules and a project

Commencement Date


Class commencement for 2017 and Completion Date


Course Commencement Date Completion Date
Part-Time Programme Feb 2017 Jan 2018
  Jun 2017 May 2018
  Nov 2017 Oct 2018




Application Fee                 S$32.10


Part-Time Programme (12-Month)

  • Tuition Fees               S$12,840.00
  • Non-tuition Fees         S$294.24
  • Total Course Fees    S$13,134.24


• All fees quoted are inclusive of GST.
• Non-tuition fees for part-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees and fee protection scheme.
• Non-tuition fees for full-time programmes include MDIS membership entrance fees, annual membership subscription fees, MDIS experience seminars, medical insurance and fee protection scheme.
• The above does not include Miscellaneous Fees, which refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable.  Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by the PEI when the need arises.


Entry Requirements

Applicants must be of age 18 and above and possess one of the following entrance requirements:

  • - Higher National Diploma (HND) in Mass Communications related disciplines; or
  • - Relevant Diploma from recognised polytechnic. 

Language Proficiency

Applicants must meet at least one of the stated English Language requirements :

- Achieve a minimum band of 6.0 in IELTS or equivalent; or
- MDIS Professional Certificate in English.


Financial Assistance Scheme

Student loans from the organisations listed below are available to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Please contact the organisations directly to find out how you may benefit from their services.



Organisation Contact Number Website
TCC Limited Tel : 6319 3700
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111
Maybank Tel : 1800 629 2265



For All Programmes (Available in 6 or 12 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Standard Chartered
Tel : 1800 747 7000
DBS Bank Tel : 1800 111 1111
POSB Tel : 1800 339 6666
Maybank Tel : 1800 968 2265
UOB Tel : 1800 226 6121
OCBC Tel : 1800 363 3333
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225
Bank of China Tel : 1800 669 5566



For Degree & Masters Programmes (Available in 24 months)

Organisation Contact Number Website
Citibank Tel : 1800 225 5225




Duration of Course | Part-time: 12 months
Award | DEGREE


Class Intake for 2017
Feb, Jun, Nov


Local students:

+65 6247 9111 / 6372 1000

International students:

+65 6278 8000


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