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Journalism & Media Cultures

You will gain a wide range of journalistic skills and hands-on experience as part of this course. You’ll learn to write in a variety of styles and for different audiences as well as gaining a working knowledge of how communication works and the nature of the British media. Some students may even have the opportunity to get some of their work published.

In your first year you will study Journalism and Media Cultures equally, you can choose to drop one in your second year and take the other forward as a minor field. Maintaining both throughout your degree will allow you to major in Journalism and Media cultures in your final year (there is currently no major option in second year).

Sports Studies

This course develops your understanding of sports management, development and the areas of sports science and psychology that impact on it. You will benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the country. Sports Studies brings together the major themes of sports management and sports development.

You will develop understanding in the fields of recreational and sports management including the business aspects involved and the structures of sport from Government to local level.

Why choose this course?

Journalism and Media Cultures

  • Develop your understanding of printed media including how to write news stories, features and conduct an interview
  • Understand the complex relationships between media and the society we live in
  • Explore the legal and ethical issues faced by the media and examine the dilemmas journalists may face

Sports Studies

  • Study at a top 10 institution for sports studies.*
  • Take advantage of the magnificent sports facilities at the university
  • Benefit from a balanced curriculum covering all of the major themes necessary to prepare you for a career in the sports industry.

*Complete University Guide 2013

What job can I get?

There are many sports-related career opportunities for our graduates, including coaching, development, management, media, physical activity promotion, health promotion, business, teaching and research.

Course details


This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. 95.2% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You experience a wide variety of learning styles when you study on the programme. During your time with us we will develop your capacity for self-learning and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centered activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practice your self-learning and interpersonal skills by undertaking a Major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to take a paid work placement or study abroad for a year between your second and final years, extending your degree from a three year to a four year qualification. You will not be required to pay tuition fees for this year and you will gain excellent experience that sets you apart from the crowd in the graduate jobs market.

A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.

Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.

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.
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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Journalism, Law and Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Global Media and Society - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Introduction to Sports Management - 15 Credits
  • Study Skills and Employability - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Sports Management - 30 Credits


  • Radio Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Social Media - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods in Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Journalism Skills: Features - 15 Credits
  • Journalism Skills: News - 15 Credits
  • The Publishing Industry - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Development - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Sports Management - 30 Credits


  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Advertising - 15 Credits
  • Campaigns and Careers - 15 Credits
  • Corporate Communications - 15 Credits
  • Digital Media - 15 Credits
  • Journalism, Government and the People - 15 Credits
  • Online Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Journalism Skills Portfolio - 30 Credits
  • Sandwich Placement - Sport - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - SPS - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

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

*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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Other financial support

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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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Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)