University of Brighton

Environment and Media Studies

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years

    With placement year: 4 years

    UCAS code DP43

    About the course

    Unique to the University of Brighton, this course combines social and scientific approaches to environmental concerns and explores how the media shapes political debates and public understandings of these issues.

    You will develop the skills to engage directly with the challenges of environmental change, sustainability and community development, including communicating, managing and changing behaviours in organisations.

    Our students benefit from Brighton's active, like-minded community as well as from close, collaborative cohorts, and there is no requirement to have done media or geography at A-level.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.



    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 24 credits at merit or above.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    /HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The first year introduces you to the complex interactions between science, policy and culture. In years 2 and 3 there is substantial choice regarding the areas of environment and media studies you wish to pursue. A core module involves volunteering with local environment, media and community development organisations, and you also will gain practical career skills and a firsthand understanding of the challenges of sustainable development. All students undertake a final year project that can include media production elements, and you can also undertake an optional work placement year.

    Areas of study

    You will develop an understanding of local and global processes of environmental and social change and their spatial outcomes; the relationship between media, culture and society in a globalised world; contemporary environmental issues and approaches to their management; media industries; ICT in community development; and the production and consumption of global environmental imagery and narratives.


    Year 1
    - Global Environmental Issues and Management
    - Contemporary Human Geographies
    - Media, Culture and Change
    - Critical Approaches to Media
    - Citizenship for the Environment
    - Twenty-first Century Brighton
    - Photographic Practice
    - Video Production
    - Film Language and History
    - Understanding TV
    - Sound, Media and Culture

    Year 2
    - Community Engagement: Theory into Practice
    - Research Methods and Methodologies
    - Sustainable Development
    - Critical Contemporary Geography
    - Climate Change
    - Geographies of Everyday Life
    - Geographies of Development
    - Contemporary Rural Geographies
    - Environmental Conservation and Management
    - Environmental Hazards
    - Environmental and Spatial Planning
    - Geographic Information Systems
    - Morocco field class
    - Community Media
    - Visual Cultures
    - Language, Media and Power
    - Photographic Practice
    - Journalism
    - Film Studies
    - Video Production
    - Popular Music

    Optional placement year

    Final year
    - Dissertation project
    - Geography of Genders, Sex and Sexualities
    - Geographies of Sport and Leisure
    - Medical Geography
    - Geographies of Disability and Impairment
    - Political Ecology
    - Environmental Politics and Society
    - Geographical Information Systems
    - Air Quality Management
    - Environmental Assessment
    - Water and Health
    - Wetland Environments
    - National and Global Media Studies
    - Mediating Science and Technology
    - Media Policy
    - Genre and Film
    - Critical Issues in Political Communication
    - Critical Approaches to the Video Game

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BA(Hons) Environment and Media Studies  [P2EA002]
    UK/EU (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)9,000 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,220 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Staff profiles

    Environment and Media Studies

    Dr Jenny Elliott - Course leader

    Jenny's research interests are in sustainable development in the developing world, particularly rural sub-Saharan Africa. She is also researching curriculum change in higher education with respect to education for sustainable development. Her teaching on the course includes modules in Sustainable Development, Geographies of Development, the Morocco fieldclass and the student volunteering modules. The fourth edition of Jenny's book 'An Introduction to Sustainable Development' has just been published.


  • Student views

    Environment and Media Studies

    Charles El-Zeind

    Why did you choose the course?

    The main reason why I picked this course was because it combined two very different studies which form a very interesting relationship with each other. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to use them so as to inform and educate people about environmental issues.  The most interesting aspect of the course was relating the issues discussed in our classes with the actual world, and gaining further perception of how things work.  It was a horizon broadening experience!

    Tell us about your experience of teaching staff

    The lecturers provided a lot of support and feedback. All of my encounters with my lecturers gave me a positive feeling, reassuring me that in times of need I would have somewhere to turn to.

    What are your plans for the  future?

    This is the most exciting aspect of this course. Because it is diverse, I feel there are a lot of choices ahead. Right now I am seeking a job in the environment sector.


    Danielle Step

    In three words, how would you describe your experience of studying at the University of Brighton?

    Interesting, happy, fulfilling.

    Why did you choose the course?

    I chose Environment and Media Studies BA(Hons) because it seemed like a new and refreshing course.  It is a fairly new academic study area and this allows for some very unique skills to be gained. The optional modules mean you can take your learning in any way you want, whether this is a focus on physical or human geography.  Learning from two different schools - the School of Environment and Technology and the School of Art, Design and Media - is very interesting it allows you to see a bigger picture than if you only studied one discipline. 

    Tell us about your experience of teaching and support staff

    The teaching and support staff are excellent. The lecturers are always happy to talk to you about any subject and go out of their way to help you if you have a problem.  The lecturers do their best to make their lectures engaging and try to encourage discussion as often as possible. The support staff are informative and helpful.

    What are your plans for the future?

    Skills I've learnt such as presentation skills will be useful across a multitude of jobs. I've learnt to think about the way the world is and don't take things at face value as much as I did.   I met my fiancé while studying here and plan to stay in Brighton.  It’s a vibrant, delightful place to live.

    Tom Harris

    Why did you choose this course?

    I chose this course after being told about it at an open day, it sounded like an interesting combination of subjects. Studying aspects of geography, society and politics has provided a wide range of perspectives. For me the most interesting aspects were sustainable community development and the geographies and politics of food. The field trip and the options for media production, practical research and community volunteering, allow you to apply what you are learning about and provide a chance to reflect on theory/practice.

    What was your experience on the course?

    The first year was a challenge for me having been out of education three years prior, learning how to research and write effectively. The feedback from assessments, skills seminars and various workshops that are offered helped with the process immensely.  In year 2 and 3 I was able to consolidate the skills I had been developing previously and apply them to a variety of thought provoking assessments often working with others to achieve a task. People made this course for me, having worked with a number of fantastic students, staff and others outside of university. There are many outstanding lecturers at the University of Brighton, providing excellent support and feedback.

    What advice would you give students considering this course?

    Think about which of the range of degrees offered in this area (human/physical geography, environmental science, environment and media, media studies) and which would suit you best. You have a lot of choice of modules in year 2 and 3 and the Environment and Media Studies modules offered a nice balance and a broad range of subjects, allowing you to follow your interests. This degree was a unique experience.

    What are your plans for the future?

    I intend to stay in Brighton as it offers a great place to live with something for everyone. There are a lot of community groups, organisation and initiatives in the region and I will continue to involve myself wherever I can. The sense of community in Brighton & Hove is something that is of immense value to this place that I think everyone who lives, works and studies here is involved in creating. I have just applied for the university’s Masters in Community Psychology. As with Environment and Media Studies, this is quite a new subject area and hopefully will offer another fresh perspective, building on what I have learnt so far.

  • Career opportunities

    The growing importance of both environmental issues and the role of the media in our daily lives means that there is a keen demand for skilled graduates in a range of industries, as well as at a postgraduate study level.

    Students in this area have gone on to work in environmental charities, pressure groups, environmental journalism, public relations offices, and in a variety of specialist roles in local authorities and civil service.


    Stevie Kuch, a 2012 Environment and Media Studies BA(Hons) student, is now making a valuable difference as a conference co-ordinator for Harm Reduction International.

    She works alongside large organisations such as Amnesty International and Aids Alliance to reduce drug related harm by promoting evidence-based public health policy and practices and human rights, for example, by examining the growing number of unsafe needle exchange in women's prisons in the Ukraine encouraging HIV.

    "Brighton's Environment and Media Studies course has the perfect balance of politics, development and power. It taught me how important it is to think critically about environmental change. Modules like sustainable development, visual culture and political ecology transformed my way of thinking, and I honestly could not have chosen a more perfect course."

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  • More...

    Environment and Media Studies BA(Hons) News

    In July 2012 the first cohort of Environment and Media Studies BA(Hons) students graduated from this innovative course. Graduating student Tom Harris said: "Studying aspects of geography, society and politics has provided a wide range of perspectives. The field trip and the options for media production, practical research and community volunteering, allow you to apply what you are learning about and provide a chance to reflect on theory and practice." Read the full story.

    Green League success
    People & Planet, a student network campaigning to protect the environment, awarded the university a First Class honour in their annual Green League. The University of Brighton was ranked third of 145 universities in the UK.

    Staff and students from the Environment and Media Studies course contributed to this success: course leader, Dr Jenny Elliott worked with staff across the institution to integrate sustainable development into their curriculum; and during her placement year, student Jules Bevis worked as a project assistant  with the university’s Environmental Team in Estate and Facilities Management. Read the full story.

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