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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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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



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.

Information for International Students

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