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Journalism and Communications

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description

Journalism and Communications

On a practical level, you will produce portfolios (including digital portfolios), practise journalistic writing skills across a number of platforms including online, broadcast, print and magazines, pitch ideas for new editorial products and businesses, and use a variety of software to produce graphic outputs, blogs, apps, and social media campaigns.

While you will be able to take a number of practical modules, the emphasis of the degree is academic and analytical. You will be able to follow a clear journalism and communication path throughout the three years of study which will culminate in journalism based dissertation.

Crucially, you will gain the ability to research, write and critique your own written projects according to highest academic standards, and utilise modern information technology in researching and presenting. You will develop your ability to work both independently and in groups.

Finally, the course will develop and hone your awareness of the practical and economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, leaving you ideally placed to work in any field where communication skills are required.

While Journalism and Communications in particular is a product of our extensive and growing communications environment, the course also benefits from our experience teaching and researching both journalism and media studies from national and international perspectives.

While this course is both challenging and academic in nature, it does NOT provide vocational journalism training.

Distinctive features

  • You will study in a new purpose-built School in the centre of Cardiff's all-new Central Square development.
  • We are located next to national media organisations such as Media Wales and BBC Cymru/Wales.
  • We have been ranked by the Guardian’s University League Table as one of the top five Schools for Journalism and Public Relations in the UK, for the last five years.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

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Program content

  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Representations
  • Media Scholarship
  • An Introduction to Media Audiences
  • Advertising and the Consumer Society
  • Understanding Journalism Studies
  • Data Journalism in Theory and Practice
  • Doing Media Research: Approaches and Methods
  • Media and Gender
  • Mediation of Political Violence
  • Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1
  • Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2
  • Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the "Personal" in "Cultural Context"
  • Managing Media Communications
  • Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and Society
  • Internet Governance
  • Public Relations and Political Communication
  • Employability: Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Erasmus and Study Abroad
  • Body / Image
  • War, Politics and Propaganda II
  • Media Law Year 2
  • Media and Democracy
  • Dissertation
  • Media Law
  • Mediating Childhood
  • The Making and Shaping of News
  • Media, Racism, Conflict
  • Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News Media
  • Sport and the Media
  • Communicating Causes
  • Understanding Media Business
  • Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere
  • Palu am y Gwir
  • Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu Cymru
  • Reporting the World
  • Media, Money and Markets
  • Popular Music, Media, & Culture
  • A Century of War Photojournalism
  • Power and Resistance in the Big Data Age
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £17,450

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • Read, analyse and synthesise complex academic texts
  • Analyse different media texts, including word, image and sound
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • Work both independently and as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Carry out various forms of independent research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Use IT programs and digital media, where appropriate
  • Take responsibility for your own learning program and professional development

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Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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