Why Herts?
  • Ranked 20th nationally for Journalism, Publishing and PR (The Guardian)
  • We are small enough to have a tightly knit community, but big enough to give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed
  • Our courses are led by a mix of experts who work or worked in the media, across a wide range of platforms and cutting edge researchers

About the course

Join the next generation of media professionals, with a powerful, practical course that gives you the skills and agility to thrive in a rapidly changing industry. Explore the nature of language, communication and the media. Write news, features and fiction. Study films, music and celebrity. Design magazines, websites and a fascinating, successful future.

The media world is evolving fast. Digital and social media are developing at breakneck speed and changing the way we talk to, learn from and understand each other. Here at Hertfordshire, our mass comms course focuses on communication and media practice, encouraging you to be entrepreneurial and professional, with a diverse set of sought-after creative skills.

You’ll have a whole range of opportunities, including exploring publishing and PR, examining the ethical and legal aspects of journalism, developing your voice as a writer, studying the context behind films, spending a life-changing year abroad or taking a year-long work placement.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Mass Communications
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Mass Communications Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 Creative Writing Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 3 English Language Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 4 Film Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 5 Journalism Programme Specification

Why choose this course?

Real-world skills — Learn how to create and publish content on a broad range of formats including print multimedia and within online platforms?

Bridging theory and practice — Students studying this course will gain a theoretical and critically reflective understanding of media whilst gaining practical skills as an author and designer of published material. The majority of our courses are assessed by 100% coursework.

Value added — Every student is allocated a personal tutor to monitor and advise on their overall academic and personal development supplemented with drop-in skills sessions and specialist tutors to refine and polish your writing. Our Media Matters series of Media Industry talks and Creative Writing talks are career focussed, delivered by industry specialist professionals. , 

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What our
graduates say

I enjoyed learning and being in the company of my lecturers and could not have asked for anyone to be any more supportive. I could not describe the teaching as any less than five stars and my lecturers always found the time outside of class to help me with anything I was struggling to understand.

Jenny Chu, BA (Hons) Mass Communications graduate

Course details

Careers

Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

Teaching methods

The delivery of teaching varies according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. Workshops are used for modules where the degree of practical skills taught is enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field. Attainment of learning outcomes is also assessed in a range of formats. Sometimes you will have to present the findings of your research to your fellow students in the seminars. You will be expected to contribute to online discussions and to download and read lecture notes from StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.

'Media Matters' Guest Lecture series

Each year the School of Humanities hosts the Media Matters Guest Lecture Series featuring a range of industry professionals, giving talks on their experience in the industry. These lectures are recorded by our final year students and available on our Media Hub. Some of our previous speakers have included:

  • Lewis Wiltshire, Head of Sport, Twitter UK
  • Jessica Fellowes, Author and freelance journalist
  • Ren Behan, Food blogger and journalist
  • Terry Mitchinson, Welwyn Hatfield Times Editor
  • Natasha Henry, Freelance sports journalist
  • Richard Keith, Journalist for Edge Magazine and Publisher, PCGamer
  • Georgina Lawton of online ezine Gal-Dem for women and non binary people of colour
  • Steve Swann, Investigative journalist, BBC

Work Placement

The Placement Year provides you with the opportunity to set your academic studies in a broader, practical context and to gain experience in specific areas relevant to your fields of study. You will also strengthen your time management, organisational and communication skills as well as develop employability skills.

The Placement Year helps you to develop as an independent learner and apply the communication, analytical and other skills gained from studying to the workplace.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

In some cases, you may be able to graduate with a degree from your partner university as well as from Hertfordshire. You may be eligible for a grant if you meet certain conditions.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Media Practices 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Language Analysis 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Optional
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Optional
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods in Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Publishing Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Optional
    Magazine Design 15 Credits Optional
    Video Feature 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism Skills: Features 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism Skills: News 15 Credits Optional
    Film Production 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Mass Communications Placement Year 0 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
    Online Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism Skills Portfolio 30 Credits Optional
    Media Project 30 Credits Optional
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional
    International Politics and Reporting Global News 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

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

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students