Media Studies

Develop your understanding and appreciation of various forms of media.


The Bachelor of Arts with Honours in the field of Media Studies is an intensive 1 year full-time or 2-year part-time degree. Students take four semester-long courses that encompass a wide range of subjects within Media and Cultural Studies. Core courses are Critical Media Analysis and Africa Media Systems while electives include Media and Gender, Global Cinema and Society, Media and Politics and Media Economics. Honours students undertake a year-long independent research project of at least 10,000 words under the personal supervision of an academic within the department.


Entry Requirements


  • An average of 65% for the third year is a minimum requirement for consideration for the programme (but those with averages closer to 70% or above will be prioritised). 
  • If you have a 65% average for the first part of the academic year, we encourage you to apply. If your grades are currently at or above the required average, you should receive a provisional offer. The provisional offers will be made firm once final grades are in at the end of the year. 

Please contact the postgraduate coordinator directly to complete the internal processes before making a formal application online.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.