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Media 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

Media and Communications

Through your studies you will develop an understanding of the historical and cultural bases of the study of the media and cultural industries and their roles in modern society.

You will be instructed in the ways in which participatory access to the central sites of public culture and communication is distributed along axes of social division such as disability, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexuality.

Critical and analytical thinking skills are developed in a variety of areas including the study of popular cultures. The course engages critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field and puts them to productive use.

You will be able to follow a clear culture and communication path throughout the three years of study which will culminate in a cultural studies-based dissertation.

While Media 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 focus on media industries and forms other than journalism by including areas like film, television, social and digital platforms, popular music, and marketing and PR.
  • We frequently welcome guest speakers from industry and past students that have undertaken work placements at organisations including BBC Wales’s Drama department.
  • You will study in a new purpose-built School in the centre of Cardiff's all-new Central Square development.

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

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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Program content

  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Representations
  • Media Scholarship
  • An Introduction to Media Audiences
  • Advertising and the Consumer Society
  • Understanding Journalism Studies
  • Digital Culture
  • 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"
  • Film and Cultural Theory
  • Managing Media Communications
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and Society
  • Media, Globalisation and Culture
  • Media Fandom
  • Employability: Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Erasmus and Study Abroad
  • Body / Image
  • War, Politics and Propaganda II
  • Media Law Year 2
  • Dissertation
  • Media Law
  • Mediating Childhood
  • Media, Racism, Conflict
  • Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News Media
  • The Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Sport and the Media
  • Understanding Media Business
  • Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere
  • Palu am y Gwir
  • Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu Cymru
  • Reporting the World
  • Feminisms and Television History
  • The Cultural Politics of Contemporary Hollywood
  • Popular Music, Media, & Culture
  • A Century of War Photojournalism
  • Immersive Media
  • Marketing, Branding and Promotional Cultures in Television

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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