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

In today’s fast-paced media world, people with the ability to write, design and harness new technologies are in high demand.

Studying our BA Media degree will equip you with a portfolio of practical skills as well as a theoretical and critical understanding of Media. Our industry-focused approach, combining theory and practice, will help build your confidence, give you the  communication and technological skills required for the industry and help you plan your career.

You’ll learn how to design your own app proposal, build and edit brilliant websites and create a hard-hitting ad campaign, including PR. You’ll also learn what makes a good news story or feature, and how to write one. Using industry standard software and equipment, our professionally-experienced academics and researchers will help you develop skills across divergent platforms and for different audiences.

These hands-on skills will be underpinned by an understanding of the global media industry, and the legal and ethical contexts of your work. In your first year you’ll explore Global Media and Society, looking at who owns the news, at the influence of the BBC and commercial entities such as Sky and Murdoch’s News Corporation, and consider issues such as fake news.

Other core modules (courses) include introductions to Media Communications and Visual Communications – how to use text and graphics to reach key audiences – while you’ll gain technical skills through Photoshop or animation projects.

In your second year you’ll learn key research methods and skills including how to conduct interviews and run focus groups, and how to pitch to different client groups. You’ll explore radio journalism and social media, while a module on App Design will help you understand the commercial potential for your ideas.

If you’re into music, film, food or travel, you’ll have opportunities to create magazine layouts and pdfs for online publications on whatever subject interests you. A video option will give you the chance to create a brand for a product or service.

In your final year you’ll develop and refine your ideas and skills further. Whether you’re keen to work in web design, social media, customer relations, PR or advertising, the skills you’ve gained will prepare you to be tomorrow’s creative entrepreneurs, confident in using different platforms to get ahead in your chosen career.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Media
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Mass Communications Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 Media Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 3 Journalism Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 4 Creative Writing Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 5 English Language Programme Specification

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • Communication skills (both oral and written), enabling you to create and publish content across a broad range of formats
  • Theory and practice – your critical understanding of Media will help futureproof your practical skills as an author and publications designer
  • Individual support – a personal tutor will help you grow in confidence and support your development
  • Industry insights – our Media Matters series of talks are delivered by professionals from a wide variety of media including TV, national newspapers and start-ups.
  • An international perspective through the chance to study abroad 

Course details



There are just under one million people employed in the UK media industry, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). Opportunities for employment can be found in:

  • advertising
  • marketing
  • film
  • interactive media
  • radio
  • television


In contrast the publishing industry is smaller, with 148,000 people employed in the UK. There are a number of areas you can enter including:

  • book publishing;
  • web publishing
  • education publishing
  • journals and periodical publishing
  • B2B publishing
  • newspaper and magazine publishing
  • social media publishing

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our course opens up a huge range of social media or web-based careers, from working for established media companies and departments, to setting up your own online magazine, video production or graphic design company. Our graduates also work in PR, marketing and advertising, where their analytical and communication skills are highly valued.

Recent graduate entrepreneurs include Talha Ahad, CEO of The Centrum Media, Pakistan’s first digital news network, and Daniel Lau, head of advertising agency The Beat Creatives in Malaysia. 

Teaching methods

You’ll work in supervised teams on projects and assignments based on real-world scenarios. This could be creating a video or web-based media campaign, devising print and online advertising, or taking part in simulations pitching ideas to clients. Our interactive seminars will help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively.

You can network through our Media Matters guest lecture series featuring industry professionals such as Terry Mansfield CBE, top executive from Hearst Corporation, publishers of magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy and Men's Health. Other speakers include journalist Georgina Lawton, of Gal-dem, the online and print magazine written by women and non-binary people of colour.

Our Media students also get involved in University-wide activities that will complement your studies. The University’s Crush Radio is the longest-running university radio station in the country, while Trident Media is UH’s video and print media outlet, run by the Students’ Union.

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

Taking a year to study abroad or do a work placement is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. It is a popular option with our internationally-facing Media students, who have chosen to study in the US, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Malaysia, enhancing their learning, building their confidence and gaining a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies.

Find out more about our study abroad opportunities 


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Media Practices 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Optional
    Global Media and Society 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.

    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
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students