BSc (Hons) Journalism & Media Cultures and Mathematics

About the course



This programme builds a firm basis of understanding in areas of mathematics of fundamental importance, making it an interesting study in its own right. In addition, it develops applications of mathematics highly supportive of studies in business, computing, economics, engineering and the sciences.

Initially, various A level mathematics topics are refreshed and extended. The second year develops deeper insight into this work, with the Joint study route introducing additional skills, and the Major developing computer techniques. The final year applies the knowledge and skills previously acquired to the solution of practical problems drawn from a wide variety of areas.

Journalism & Media Cultures

This course gives you a range of journalistic skills, and hands-on experience of producing work in a variety of styles, for different markets as well as gaining an understanding of how communication works, and the history and nature of the British media. Topics will include different theories about how communication takes place and lectures will cover some of the key debates that have occupied the analysis of media communication in recent decades. You will examine how the current form of media institutions came into being and consider their likely future structure. You will debate the quality of the media, the nature and influence of new media technologies, and consider national and international media

This joint field consists of the study of two separate subjects: Journalism and Media Cultures. You will study both in the first year. In the second and third years you will have the choice to continue with this study mode or keep only one subject provided that your other field is offered as a major. The only current exception is Health Studies. The Journalism & Media cultures field is not offered as a major route.

Why choose this course?

  • This subject in our university has a long tradition of teaching useful and relevant mathematics at degree level in ways that are understandable.
  • It focuses on printed media and gives you the opportunity to learn how to write a news story, conduct an interview and write a feature.
  • Media cultures will give you a greater understanding of the complex relationship between the media and the society we live in.


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 practise 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
  • Small Group Tutorial - 0 Credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 1 - 30 Credits
  • Linear Algebra - 15 Credits
  • Numbers and Sets - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits
  • Mathematical Techniques 2 - 15 Credits
  • Number Theory - 15 Credits
  • Real Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Differential Equations - 15 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
  • Complex Analysis - 15 Credits
  • Linear Optimisation - 15 Credits
  • Combinatorics - 15 Credits
  • Nonlinear Systems - 15 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
  • Professional Placement - 0 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 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

*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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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points including A level Maths.

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
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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)