BA (Hons) Mass Communications

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Continual updating of content to reflect sought after skills
Continual updating of content to reflect sought after skills
Giving you industry skills you need and a great speaker programme
Giving you industry skills you need and a great speaker programme
The flexibility to study four subjects or specialise
The flexibility to study four subjects or specialise

This course includes the options of:


Work placement*

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Study abroad*

*No fees are charged for this year

Why choose this course?

  • This course gives you a chance to try four different media subjects and then specialise—or keep them all as you progress. You pick four of out of six subjects of film, journalism, digital  media, creative writing, english language and linguistic with media cultures being the only compulsory modules. This gives you a real breath of knowledge of communications. 
  • 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.
  • You'll benefit from a strong focus on creativity— we give you communication skills (both oral and written), enabling you to create and publish content across a broad range of formats.
  • Develop a strong undestanding of theory and practical application – your critical understanding of media will help futureproof your practical skills as an author and publications designer.
  • Throughout your studies you'll recieve individual support through a personal tutor who will help you grow in confidence and support your development.
  • Explore the World with the opportunity to study abroad and gain an international perspective.
  • Gain work experience with the opportunity of a year’s placement working in the industry.

What's the course about?

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.

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. 

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 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?

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:

  • 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,
  • Terry Mansfield, Board Member, Hearst Magazines UK
  • Steve Swann, Producer and investigative Journalist, BBC

'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

Alumni Stories

Jonathan Yip

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.

Current job roleUndergraduate lecturer in Journalism and Media
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBA(Hons) Mass Communications

Jonathan Yip headshot

Global connections

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!'

Lifelong impact

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.'

The University's central location, opportunities for scholarships, and the modules offered in it programme were all I needed to make a decision.

Alumni Stories

Stephanie Sofia

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.

Current job roleMarketing Manager
Year of graduation2016
Course of studyBA(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.

Future aspirations

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.

It was the only course I found that allowed me to study a range of modules in different fields.

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