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We offer an exciting range of creative industry courses delivered at the University’s award-winning, Ayr Campus, at our London Campus, and with a range of world-class venues. Our expertise in social sciences builds on a heritage of over 50 years' delivery of social science education and research.

About the School of Media, Culture & Society

Our School of Media, Culture & Society is where social sciences and the creative and cultural industries meet. Staff and students in the School are creating a centre of excellence in media, culture, and society education, knowledge creation, exchange, and creative practice.

We are proud of our exciting and contemporary courses of study, most of which hold industry and professional body accreditation. We invest in the potential of our students to shape their own future. Our practice based, research informed courses ensure our students enjoy an internationalised curriculum. Our graduates are empowered to make both cultural and social change.


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Undergradute (Bachelor) Courses

Our exciting and innovative portfolio of undergraduate courses brings together the social and human sciences and the creative industries.

From your first day in our School you develop as a critical thinker and practitioner in your chosen field. Our world-class facilities, as well as strong industry and civil society connections will give you the experience and exposure you need to kickstart your career, while our outstanding academic teams will equip you with the tools to make sense of a complex and fast-changing world.

Creative Industries degrees

We offer a wide range of practice-based Bachelor degree courses in media, performance & culture:

  • BA (Hons) Broadcast Production: TV & Radio
  • BA (Hons) Commercial Music (recognised by Joint Audio Media Education Support)
  • BA Commercial Sound Production (top-up degree, recognised by Joint Audio Media Education Support)
  • BA (Hons) Digital Art & Design
  • BA (Hons) Filmmaking & Screenwriting (accredited by Creative Skillset)
  • BA (Hons) Journalism / BA (Hons) Journalism (Sport)
  • BA (Hons) Performance (Contemprary Theatre)
  • BA (Hons) Performance (Musical Theatre)
  • BA (Hons) Performance (Screen Acting)
  • BA (Hons) Social & Creative Transformations
  • BA (Hons) Technical Theatre & Production (top-up degree)


Find out more about our Creative Industries degrees

Social Science degrees

Our Bachelor degree courses in social sciences are informed by research centres of excellence:

  • BA (Hons) Criminal Justice / BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Policing)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (recognised by The British Pyschological Society)
  • BA (Hons) Social Science
  • BA (Hons) Social Work (recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council)
  • BA (Hons) Society, Politics & Policy


Find out more about our Social Science degrees

Postgraduate (Masters) Courses

Do you want to make a difference through a professional Masters course in psychology, social work, drug and alcohol studies or career guidance, or are you ready to take the next step with a practice-based course in broadcast journalism, music or filmmaking?

The School of Media, Culture & Society offers a wide variety of taught Masters and applied research degree options (MRes, MPhil, PhD) in social science or creative industries domains which are aligned to our research and applied practice centres of excellence.

Whatever your ambition, our exciting and innovative portfolio of postgraduate courses will help you transform your life and kickstart your career.

Creative Industries Masters

Our postgraduate study options in creative industries are career-focused and will help prepare for a dynamic and rewarding career. Our applied research-informed Masters degree courses include:

  • MA Broadcast Journalism (recognised by the British Journalism Training Council)
  • MA Creative Media Practice
  • MA Cultural Diplomacy & International Events
  • MA Cultural Diplomacy & International Music
  • MA Filmmaking
  • MA Music (Songwriting)
  • MA Music (Sound Production)
  • MA Music (Industries)


Find out more about our Creative Industries masters

Social Science Masters

Our postgraduate study options in social sciences are career-focused and will help prepare for a career in one of the fastest changing industries. Our research-informed Masters degree courses include:

  • MSc Applied Social Science (with options in: Civil Society & Public Affairs, Criminal Justice & Community Practice, Global Social Work & Social Policy)
  • MSc Careers Guidance & Development (recognised by the Career Development Institute)
  • MSc Contemporary Drug & Alcohol Studies
  • MPA - Master of Public Administration
  • MSc Policy Analysis & Global Governance
  • MSc Psychology (Conversion Masters, recognised by The British Psychological Society)
  • MSc Social Work (2 year Conversion Masters, recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council)


Find out more about our Social Science masters

Panel Discussion on Social Science Masters

The video below presents a discussion between Dr Maria Sapouna, DrArno van der Zwelt, and Dr John Connolly on the key themes and issues covered in the three Masters coursxes: MSc Applied Social Science, MSc Policy Analysis & Global Governance, and Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Ayr Campus Facilities | UWS Student on Green Screen | University of the West of Scotland

Don't take our word for it

I entered a number of film festivals and competitions and won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for a collaborative project! This has helped my CV to stand out and has given me the chance to meet people who are useful contacts for the future. It’s given me a great kick-start to a media career and now I am part of the BBC Production Talent Pool.

Gavin Grant, MA Creative Media Practice Graduate


Our vibrant research culture spans the theory, policy and practice of a wide range of areas, including:

  • Popular music, theatre, and visual culture
  • Community regeneration and public art
  • The future of journalism and social media
  • Cultural policy, cultural practice and cultural economy
  • Independent film and transmedia practice
  • Dementia, mental health and the arts

Our research work in social sciences includes a unique partnership with Oxfam Scotland, bringing together UWS academic expertise and Oxfam’s internationally recognised anti-poverty work. Overall, our social sciences research is configured around two research hubs:

  • Strategic Hub for Psychology, Social Work, Health Behaviours and Addictions
  • Strategic Hub for Society, Policy, Governance & Social Justice
Media & Culture Research Degree Student | UWS Research Areas | University of the West of Scotland

MA Music Song Writing Industries Class | London Campus at UWS | University of the West of Scotland

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Creative Media Academy

UWS's Creative Media Academy (CMA) is one of only three suych academies in Scotland to be endorsed by Creative Skillet.

Our CMA facilitiates the coming together of students, staff and practitioners within the subject groupings of film, television, radio, music, performace, journalism and digital art.

Directed by award-winning Professor Nick Higgins and Paul Tucker, the CMA has strong links with industry and the public sector which support; skills and talent development, business growth and the knowledge economy. It has established a Glasgow Creative Enterprise Cluster, a locus for industry facing, multidisciplinary projects and public events at the Centre for Contemporary Arts and projects at Film City Glasgow. 

We offer a range of short courses for pratitioners from writing press statements to media interview techniques. We also have access to state-of-the-art professional facilities, including recording and editing suites as well as two fully-equipped TV studies.

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The School has an expanding range of international links based upon our research connections, our participation in Erasmus exchanges and our work with visiting scholars. We also have a distinctly international staff profile in the School. Underlying our internationalisation activity is the core aim to provide our students with an international experience through enhanced internationalisation of our curriculum and study abroad opportunities.

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If you have any queries relating to our School, please contact us at or call us on +44(0)141 848 3788

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