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Media, Communications and Journalism - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Taught by international experts in their field, and focusing on a wide range of theoretical and contemporary subjects, this course provides you with a broad social scientific understanding of the role of media, communication and journalism nationally and internationally. You'll be able to contribute to our journalism Tumblr page, as well as take on exciting work opportunities to boost your employability.

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The growth of mass communications is inextricably linked to the development of the modern world. Developments in media technology have had a major impact, and an understanding of these powerful forces is vital to our understanding of the political and cultural world today.

This degree programme consists of a combination of media and journalism, and examines the political, technological and economic dynamics of the communications sector. The course focuses on a wide range of theoretical and contemporary subjects and will provide you with a broad social scientific understanding of the role of media, communication and journalism on a nation and international scale.

You'll learn what it takes to become a journalist through reporting, producing features and reviews, and undertaking investigations in our £100,000 newsroom. You'll also have the opportunity  to have your own work published on our website. You'll develop transferable skills through workshops and exciting news days and use audio, video and mobile technologies. You'll also benefit from the advice of our team of professional advisers and our fantastic newsroom, which was opened by former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through essays, individual and group research projects and a final dissertation.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Media and Communications Extended degree.

Applications are welcome from mature students who have appropriate Access or preparatory courses or appropriate work experience, or those without formal qualifications who are able to demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to benefit from higher education.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Three levels, each of 120 credits.

Year 1 topics include:

  • Media Theory
  • Media History
  • Practical Journalism
  • Writing Skills

Year 2 topics include:

  • Cultural Industries
  • Media, Citizens and Communities
  • Newsroom Production
  • Media Law and Ethics: Public Administration
  • Advanced Multimedia Skills
  • Data Journalism
  • Journalism Work Placement

Year 3 topics include:

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • International Communications
  • Journalism project
  • Media, Communications and Journalism Project
  • Science Journalism
  • Campaigning Journalism
  • World Cinema: Hollywood and Beyond
  • Individuals, Groups and Media Narratives
  • Media Power and Politics
  • Analysing Popular Music

"All the lecturers on my course have had experience in the journalism industry. They're an endless source of motivation and inspiration. The course, along with the lectures, has pushed me to gain multiple work experience placements. Furthermore, the course is a great mix of practical and theoretical."
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Graduates can find careers within news organisations, advertising, digital media, education, market research, media production and management, public relations and publishing. You could also go on to undertake postgraduate study.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We're moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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