BA (Hons) Mass Communications
Typical offer:Entry requirements
UCAS code: P300
Institute code: H36
Study abroad option
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UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement 112-120 BBC-BBB DMM-DDM 112-120 points
GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and Mathematics
Access Course Tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.
All students from non-majority English-speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.0 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 more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.
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The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis
This course is partnered with the prestigious Public Relations and Communications Association, giving students the benefit of accreditation, networking and tailored speaker sessions.
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Why choose this course?
- Continual updating of content to reflect sought after skills
- Accredited by PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association)
- The flexibility to study four subjects or specialise
Do you want to join the next generation of media professionals?
This powerful, practical course will give you the skills and agility to thrive in a rapidly changing industry. You’ll 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 communications 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.
The course is strongly linked to industry and taught by a team of media academics and professionals. You'll have the opportunity to take part in industry events thanks to our affiliation to the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), one of Britain's top trade organisations for PR professionals, and attend the Media Matters guest lectures given by a range of media speakers from top journalists to our recent graduates. You'll meet media industry experts such as: BA(Hons)Mass Communications graduate, Tobi Akingbade who is now a showbiz writer; Charlotte Jones who is now a global content manager in the beauty industry; and Uche Amako, who is now a sports writer.
What's the course about?
You’ll learn how to create and publish content on a broad range of formats including print multimedia and within online platforms. You’ll gain a theoretical and critically reflective understanding of media whilst gaining practical skills as an author and designer of published material. Most of our courses are assessed by coursework.
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. Assessments range from writing a film review to creating digital stories or traditional essays.
In your first year, you’ll learn about how media is both global and local and the industries associated with it, you’ll have the option to try your hand at podcasting and video, to write like a journalist, become a film critic or learn about what it takes to be a writer or study linguistics. You will choose four out of six subjects from Journalism, Film, English Language, Media Studies, Digital Media and Creative Writing.
In your second year, you’ll build on the first learning about media research and the publishing industry, writing and broadcasting journalism, learning how to design a magazine or create a video documentary and making your own film as well as studying US Cinema. In Creative Writing and English Language and Linguistics you will build on previous work by writing for the stage, for instance, or learning about Communication.
Work placement/study abroad option: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or do a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about but will also give your CV a boost. If you’d rather go straight to your final year, that’s absolutely fine too. You’ll decide in your second year with us, so there is still plenty of time to think about this.
In your final year, you'll have a great range of options as you can take all four subjects or reduce to three. In media, you’ll have the opportunity to create a project for a media client or design web pages like a professional, create a PR campaign or learn about what our interaction with celebrities says about globalised culture. In journalism you can report on international stories or take journalism related work experience or build a portfolio of pieces. In film, you can study television drama, reflect on diversity and sexuality in US film, or study European crime films. For Creative Writing, the short story and thinking about the nature of reality beckon and in English Language and Linguistics a chance to build on the skills of understanding the meaning of language and how it is used in different cultures and contexts.
To see all your modules, see the ‘What will I study?’ section below.
'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:
- University of Hertfordshire Mass Communications Graduate, Tobi Akingbade, now Acting Showbiz Editor of Metro,
- University of Hertfordshire, Journalism, Media and Sport graduate Steven Bourner, now Chief Media Officer and Strategic Comms Lead for the Department of Education,
- Theresa Malone, Visuals and Social Media Editor of The Guardian,
- Steve Swann, Producer and investigative Journalist, BBC
- Andrea Thompson, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire.
Applying for this course is easy. Simply add us to your UCAS account by using the institution and course code mentioned in ‘Key information’. There is no interview for this course. We’re just interested to hear why you want to study this subject at degree level.
Your main campus is de Havilland
You’ll share this campus with students from business, law, sport, education, and humanities subjects. The student housing is close to our Sports Village which includes a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall. You can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner in our on-campus restaurant or bar (in the newly built Enterprise Hub) on days you don’t feel like cooking. You can also use the common room to play pool, video games or just to hang out with friends. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6. These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study. Below is a list of compulsory and optional modules. However, whatever choices you make, you will study no more than eight modules a year and possibly less in your final year depending on your degree.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory Becoming a Writer 15 Credits Optional Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Optional Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Optional Genre Fiction: Building Worlds 15 Credits Optional Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Optional Genre, Style and Stars 15 Credits Optional Sound and Image Storytelling 15 Credits Optional Visual Communication 15 Credits Optional Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Optional
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory The Publishing Industry 15 Credits Compulsory Language in Society 15 Credits Optional Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Optional Research Methods in Media Communications 15 Credits Optional Video Feature 15 Credits Optional Journalism Skills: Features 15 Credits Optional Film Production 15 Credits Optional New Media Branding 15 Credits Optional US Cinema: From Studio Era to Digital Age 15 Credits Optional Poetry, Prose and Publishing 15 Credits Optional Journalism Skills News 15 Credits Optional Mobile Media Design 15 Credits Optional Magazine Design 15 Credits Optional
Module Credits Compulsory/optional Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Optional Advertising 15 Credits Optional Corporate Communications 15 Credits Optional Online Journalism 15 Credits Optional Journalism Skills Portfolio 30 Credits Optional Television Drama 15 Credits Optional Euro-Crime on Page and Screen 15 Credits Optional Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional Representation and Identity in Contemporary Media 15 Credits Optional International Politics and Reporting Global News 15 Credits Optional Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional Writing Serial Drama 15 Credits Optional Writing for Popular Fiction Markets 15 Credits Optional Professional Media Practice Project 30 Credits Optional Gender, Sexuality and Diversity in American Film 15 Credits Optional Music, Celebrity and Media 15 Credits Optional Creating a PR Campaign 15 Credits Optional Web Design for Media Professionals 30 Credits Optional
An opportunity for an amazing experience, which will help make you stand out from the crowd. With more and more companies working internationally, experience of living in another country can make a great impression on future employers.
This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a sandwich year abroad. The University has partnerships with over 150 universities around the world, including the USA, Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and closer to home in Europe.
If you study abroad between your second and third year of study, you’ll pay no tuition fee to the partner university and no tuition fee to us either. We’ll ask you to make your decision in your second year, so there is plenty of time to think about it.
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Please note Erasmus+ funding is only available until May 2023. For students starting their course in September 2022 and wishing to study abroad in 2023-24 or 2024-25, please refer to the Turing Scheme.
Graduate with invaluable work experience alongside your degree and stand out from the crowd.
This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your study and CV with a work placement sandwich year. It’s a chance to explore career possibilities, make valuable contacts and gain sought after professional skills.
Our dedicated Careers and Employment team are here to help guide you through the process.
If you take up a work placement between your second and third year of study, at the University of Hertfordshire you’ll pay no tuition fee for this year. We’ll ask you to make your decision in your second year, so there is plenty of time to think about it.
What if I need support?
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.
You might also want or need extra support during your time with us. Rest assured, no matter what you study, we’ve got you covered. For help with study skills, including referencing, essay writing and presentations, you’ll have access to our academic support services. You can attend workshops, 1-to-1 sessions, and online tutorials. Both our LRCs (Learning Resources Centres) run drop-in study skills sessions. So, whether you want to improve your employment prospects through networking with our speakers, or need support to improve your academic work, we can help.
'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.'
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Meet Jonathan Yip who has undertaken a career in academia. He is currently working as an undergraduate lecturer at one of the most prestigious institutions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - BAC Education Group.Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||Undergraduate lecturer in Journalism and Media|
|Year of graduation||2016|
|Course of study||BA(Hons) Mass Communications|
Jonathan initially came to study at Herts as his institution in Kuala Lumpur had a twinned programme with the University, which allowed him direct entry into the final year after his diploma in Mass Communications. He says, 'The University's central location, opportunities for scholarships, and the modules offered in the programme were all I needed to make a decision.'
University experience and opportunities
His time at Herts was enhanced significantly by his lecturers who offered support and expertise that helped Jonathan realise his potential. He says, 'The tireless effort to assist students like myself during my undergraduate and postgraduate degree speaks for the University itself. Absolute dedication!'
The University of Hertfordshire is dedicated to transforming lives and giving students the opportunities and resources they need to develop career ready skills, through expert teaching, research and ties to industry. Jonathan advises new and current students to: 'Start building a portfolio and harness yourself with new skills whenever possible. The creative industry is all about doers, and it's evolving faster than ever - don't be left out!'
The University of Hertfordshire has been hugely formative in shaping Jonathan’s career and he still greatly values his time being a student here and a part of the Herts community. 'The entire duration of my time at the University as a whole was so special. I enjoyed being part of the Athletic Union, working as part of various societies and the Students' Union, and making everlasting memories and friendships after hours. I even got a stag tattooed on my arm to remind myself of the University every day.'
Meet Stephanie Sofia who used her course to build vital industry connections. She is currently a Marketing and Office Manager at a leadership and development training company.Read more stories Find out more about this course
|Current job role||Marketing Manager|
|Year of graduation||2016|
|Course of study||BA(Hons) Mass Communications with Study Abroad Year|
University experience and life
Stephanie chose the University of Hertfordshire due to the variety of modules her chosen course enabled her take and the life-changing opportunity to study abroad for a year.
She says, ‘It was the only course I found that allowed me to study a range of modules in different fields… For example, my Design for Print module taught me the principles of good design and how to use Adobe software.' These skills have been incredibly useful to her career where she uses the software every day to create promotional material.
Stephanie is currently a Marketing and Office Manager at a leadership and development training company in London. She is unsure what the future holds, but it will definitely be in marketing.
What's next for my career?
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.
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Further information - includes assessment method
Course fact sheets Media Programme Download Programme specifications Creative Writing (Joint and Minor) Programme Specification Download Media Programme Download Journalism (Joint and Minor) Programme Specification Download Film (Minor) Programme specification Download English Language (Joint and Minor) Programme Specification Download Additional information
Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
- Full Time, 4 Years
- Part Time, 4 Years
- Sandwich, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
How to apply?
International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK
Apply through our international/EU application portal
Home and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
Apply using the links below:
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Fees and funding
- £9250 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £1155 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £1845 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £1845 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 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.