About the course

Modern media is becoming more and more influential in every aspect of our society, from politics and economics to the way we communicate with our closest friends. The way language is used varies for different media, but you can also look at how language reflects society, and how it changes over time.

Our BA English Language and Media degree introduces you to the scientific study of the English Language and allows you to examine human communication in different media contexts. You’ll explore the theory, historical contexts and modern practices that make up our global media landscape. You’ll examine the emergence of new media in an increasingly media-centric world, discovering the different ways the media communicates, how its industries are connected and how it influences us as individuals and societies.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to media communications in general as well as consider the relationship between media and society alongside core English Language modules. You’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English.

Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and study language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation in forensic linguistics. You’ll develop an in-depth knowledge of specialist areas such as public relations, advertising and digital media, as well as broader transferable skills like the ability to critically analyse media content.

In your final year you can follow modules in different topics, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. You’ll also have opportunities to work with fellow students to create media products, go on a work placement, hear from industry speakers and build a network of contacts.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 English Language Programme
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Media 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) English Language

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • A supportive, research-active academic team
  • Access to huge online databases to underpin your original research projects
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including the media, publishing, teaching and information management.

Over the years many of our English Language graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Teaching methods

Our English Language students benefit from being part of a supportive, research-active academic community. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, we use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods to help you work confidently and creatively.

There’s even the opportunity to put your communication skills into practice by working for the student newspaper or radio station.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our English Language and Media students, it will enable you to develop your skills and immerse yourself in the culture and every day life of that country. Recent students have studied in Japan and Korea.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Compulsory
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Compulsory
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Optional
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in English Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Magazine Design 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in Media Communications 15 Credits Optional
    Video Feature 15 Credits Optional
    The Publishing Industry 15 Credits Optional
    App Design 15 Credits Optional
    New Media Branding 15 Credits Optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language & Communication Project 30 Credits Optional
    Language Processing 15 Credits Optional
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional
    Media and the Sacred: Religion and Popular Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Advertising 15 Credits Optional
    Campaigns and Careers 15 Credits Optional
    Corporate Communications 15 Credits Optional
    Digital Media 15 Credits Optional
    Web Design for Publishing 30 Credits Optional
    Media Project 30 Credits Optional
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional
    Representation and Identity in Contemporary Media 15 Credits Optional
    Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students