Mass Communications

On this course you will develop core skills in Mass Communications and study 4 out of 6 subjects from:

  • Film
  • Journalism
  • New Media Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Media Cultures
  • and English Language & Communication

You will enhance your employability while learning about the exciting and ever-changing world of media and publishing.

Taught by leading academics and experienced media industry professionals, this degree is designed to help you become a knowledgeable, reflective and critical thinker, able to understand global media industries in all their contexts.

Students' experience

"The good facilities and supportive tutors have made the University of Hertfordshire a great place to live and study. Studying Mass Communications has allowed me gain a deeper insight into mass media and equipped me with necessary skills which can help me in my future career." Lau King Ming

[The module that I liked the most was] "Web Design. This subject has provided me knowledge and a variety of skills in developing a website in Dreamweaver." Charlie Tan

"Studying Mass Communications is the best decision I could have made. I have enjoyed studying the diverse range of subjects and it has allowed me to gain an insight into what I want to do in the future. I am in my third year and have chosen the Journalism Portfolio module and the New Media Publishing Module and have thoroughly enjoyed learning and developing my skills which would hopefully be beneficial to me in the future." Jonathan Brown

"I have really enjoyed my time at the university studying Mass Communications. The staff are very enthusiastic, helpful and experienced in their fields which makes the subject areas even more enjoyable. I particularly liked the Film modules, where I learnt that there is a deeper meaning in films beyond what we see. I was able to apply this to my short film that I produced in the second year, where I found I enjoyed the editing aspect." Komal Gorasia

"What makes the Mass Communications course stand out is that it allows you to gain industry experience in a range of subjects. For example, the New Media Publishing 'Web Design' module allowed me to experience the different ways in which a website could be implemented and the 'Design for Print' module allowed me to combine my passion for journalism with design skills and create a double page spread for a magazine." Juliette Perks

"After I completed my undergraduate degree, I went on doing an MA degree in Film and Television Aesthetic, in which I gained not only knowledge on film and television, but also actual working experience in the industry. I was lucky enough to do work placements with Barbican Centre and British Film Institute (BFI), in which I gained valuable knowledge and experience in film programming and film festivals/seasons.

Upon graduating MA, I was lucky enough to be offered the position of second assistant director and I am currently working on my first feature film back in Hong Kong (with HK director Clifton Ko Chi Sum)." Paris Wong

An international student perspective

student experience

Year 1

Everyone will study Media Cultures in their first and second year. You then have the option to choose three of the five optional subjects to study in these years.

Core modules

  • Media Cultures
    • Introduction to Media Communications
    • Media and Society


  • Film
    • Introduction to Film Criticism
    • Introduction to Film Theory
  • Journalism
    • Journalism Skills: Print News and Features
    • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • New Media Publishing
    • Graphics for the Web
    • Web Animation
  • Creative Writing
    • The Writer's Art
    • Becoming a Writer
  • English Language & Communication
    • Talking to Others: Theory and Practice of Communication
    • Language Analysis

Year 2

In Year 2 you will study the same combination of subjects as in Year 1.

Optional modules

  • Media Cultures
    • Research Methods
    • Media in an International Context
  • Film
    • Film Production
    • European Cinema: Nation and Performance
  • Journalism
    • Journalism Skills: Print News, Markets and Styles
    • Journalism Skills: Features, Markets and Styles Performance
  • New Media Publishing
    • Design for Print
    • Digital Storytelling
  • Creative Writing
    • Writing for Stage and Screen
    • Genre Writing: Building Worlds
  • English Language & Communication
    • Language in Society
    • Forensic Linguistics

Year 3

In your final year you can choose to follow the same structure as Year 1 and Year 2, or you can specialise in three or two subjects. For example, you can specialise in two subjects by selecting all four modules for both.

Optional modules

  • Media Cultures
    • Digital Media
    • Corporate Communications
    • Advertising
    • Campaigns and Careers
  • Film
    • US Cinema: From Studio System to Digital Era
    • Film in the Global Age
    • Video Essay
    • Television Drama
  • Journalism
    • Journalism, Government and the People
    • Journalism Portfolio (double module)
    • Online Journalism
  • New Media Publishing
    • Web Design for Publishing
    • New Media Publishing Portfolio (double module)
    • Advanced Web Design
  • Creative Writing
    • Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality
    • Creative Writing: Independent Project
    • Dark Materials: Young Adult Fiction
    • Adaption: From Page to Stage to Screen
  • English Language & Communication
    • Issues in English
    • Communication and Cultures


Our Mass Communications Programme students have gone on to secure employment as:

  • Senior Creative Designer (BWI Ltd)
  • Content Marketing (Reprise Media)
  • Senior Feature Writer (Take a Break)
  • Publishing Project Editor (Learning Solutions - Pearson)
  • Senior Digital Marketer & Web Developer (R3 Group)
  • PR and Editorial Assistant (Cubiqdesign Ltd)
  • Editor at UMEN Magazine (Jordan)
  • Assistant Director of Learning and ICT & International Schools Coordinator (Longdean)
  • Press and Policy Officer (Retail Motor Industry Federation)
  • Senior multimedia reporter (Trinity Mirror Group PLC)
  • Executive HR at (SEGi Malaysia)
  • Marketing Executive (Eckoh plc)
  • Content Analyst (UK Knowledgebase)
  • Assistant Film Director (HK)
  • Graphic Designer (Mostaix Malaysia)
  • Journalist (Malay Mail Malaysia)
  • Client Partner (Clearhead Media)
  • Internal Communications Specialist (Abu Dhabi - General Secretariat of the Executive Council)
  • Journalist (New Strait Times Malaysia)
  • Copywriter (Win Technologies)
  • Account Executive (Priority Communications Malaysia)
  • Intern (Fashion and Celebrity Gossip –

Information taken from our alumni from LinkedIn - June 2014.


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