Martyn Thayne - Programme Leader
Martyn is programme leader for BA (Hons) Media Studies. He teaches both theory and practice modules within the Lincoln School of Media, specialising in critical media theory, digital culture, and contemporary media practice. He is particularly interested in developments to media studies and media education in the 21st Century, examining the creative and disruptive potential of networked media. Much of Martyn’s research draws from ‘non-representational’, ‘post-humanist’ and ‘performative’ approaches to media analysis, interrogating the notion of agency and affect within contemporary networked societies.Academic Staff List
Welcome to BA (Hons) Media Studies
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
"Media Studies at Lincoln offers a crucial perspective on media in the 21st Century. It allows you to be creative in your critical thinking, with a nice balance of theoretical and practical work. The modules really feel linked together with a clear progression throughout the 3 years. I absolutely loved all three years!"Ashley Lilley, current student
Critical studies are supported by the extensive print and online resources available at the University’s Great Central Warehouse Library.
For practical work students have the opportunity to make use of the Schools industry-standard facilities, such as television and radio studios, video editing suites, audio editing suites, a sound dubbing theatre, green screen room, writers’ room, colour finishing facilities, and a photography studio.
The University is home to the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), which contains a wealth of film, tape, and digital media resources. There may be opportunities for students to undertake work experience at MACE.
Academic staff within the School are current media practitioners and many are engaged with professional bodies such as the Royal Television Society; the British Society of Cinematographers; and the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies. Honorary Doctorates include the digital social entrepreneur Tom Roope.
Media Studies students currently have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies via our media and design labs. There are often opportunities for Media Studies students to collaborate with industry partners or work on live client briefs, either as part of their studies or by participating in extra-curricular projects. LSFM supports students with gaining valuable work experience alongside their studies by promoting internships, paid freelance opportunities, industry talks, presentations, and workshops from our visiting lecturers. LSFM also hosts an annual ‘Industry Week’ that is designed to support professional practices across all our courses.
The Lincoln School of Film and Media is home to a number of research projects that investigate, explore, and experiment with media as a fundamental means of expression and communication for different groups within society.
Researchers within the School conduct internationally-recognised research in a variety of topics. These include visual and digital culture, sonic studies, and media philosophy. The co_LAB group, which coordinates the creative practice component of the course, is involved in ongoing collaboration with partners in various European universities.
What We look For In Your Application
We do not specify A level subjects but seek evidence of media-related critical awareness and/or creativity such as qualifications in Media, English, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, Film Studies, Art, Design, or Theatre Studies.
We particularly value personal statements that demonstrate relevant experience, a broad range of interests and a real passion for thinking critically about media in the 21st Century.
Opportunities for Media Studies graduates may include creative or management roles in broadcasting and other media industries, social media management, media journalism, publishing, and education. Others may choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
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Film and Television
Film and television inform, entertain, reflect, and also shape society. Examine the power behind these key mediums.
Examine the transformative role of 21st Century media in today’s digital society, and develop advanced critical and creative skills.
Focus on the creative foundations and technical skills needed to thrive as a professional in a rapidly changing media landscape.