Journalism, Communications and Politics
You will analyse and reflect upon changes to both politics and policy driven by the growth of social media, the communications industry and the 24/7 news cycle. In recent years, institutional politics have become more mediatised, and political leaders are now media-driven and speak in soundbites.
Political campaigning is no longer limited to pre-electoral periods and public relations strategists and political consultants have become more and more central to politics. These links are affecting policy too, both at the national and the international levels.
The spread of the internet and the development of social media has also brought changes to the relations between citizens and their political representatives, and constitute a new platform for citizens’ political deliberation, and for the organisation of activists, protesters, and new social movements (often at a transnational level). This new course aims to critically examine these and many other issues.
While this course is both challenging and academic in nature, it does NOT provide vocational journalism training.
Cardiff is home to a lively media industry and to the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales, providing excellent opportunities for work experience.
You will also study Journalism and Communications in a new purpose-built School in the centre of Cardiff's all-new Central Square development. The School is located next to national media organisations such as Media Wales and BBC Cymru/Wales.
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.
Typical A level offer
ABB - BBB. You will not need to achieve these from any specific subjects but please note Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted
Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website
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The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
- History of Mass Communication and Culture
- Media Scholarship
- Understanding Journalism Studies
All modules in year two are optional modules. You will be expected to develop research protocols, on your own and in groups, and will begin to experiment with methods of information gathering and analysis.
By the end of year two, you will be equipped to conceive, design, research and write up your dissertation in year three.
Year three: Sandwich year
In year three you will choose at least two modules from each School and may opt to write a dissertation in your particular area of interest.
The range of teaching methods becomes more diverse and involves more complex and challenging assignments. You will carry out independent research and apply theoretical ideas and approaches to practical or analytical work.
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
- Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
- Tuition fees for International Students: £18,700 per year.
For more information about tuition fee, 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.
About this institute
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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