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BA (Hons) Media and Sociology

Goldsmiths, University of London
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Application deadline: 26 January 2022
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Program description

BA (Hons) Media and Sociology

This interdisciplinary degree gives you the opportunity to explore sociological and communications theories alongside media practice, and to develop a critical analysis of media, communications and culture from historical and contemporary viewpoints.

Why study BA Media & Sociology at Goldsmiths?

  • You'll be taught by some of the leading names in media, communications, cultural studies and sociology they've actively shaped these disciplines and youll be able to benefit from their expertise throughout your degree.
  • In your second and third year, youll take media practice modules that develop your production skills. You'll have access to industry-standard practice facilities, including TV/film, radio and photography studios, digital video and audio editing suites, and animation software and hardware.
  • You can choose from a range of modules during your degree you might study a variety of topics or decide to hone your skills in an area youre particularly interested in.
  • Studying more than one subject means youll be able to bring an interdisciplinary outlook to whatever you encounter, whether its writing essays for your degree or tackling responsibilities in your future career.
  • You'll develop the practical and transferable skills to help you find a career in media or sociology our recent graduates are now working as news readers, editors, journalists, producers and photographers.
  • We regularly host debates and talks by international figures in media and cultural research recent guests have included film directors Danny Boyle, Gurinder Chadha and Noel Clark.

Admission requirements

  • A-level:BBB
  • International Baccalaureate:33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Access:Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
  • Scottish qualifications:BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
  • European Baccalaureate:75%

Additional requirements

Youshould normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 in GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics, Economics or Statistics.

Language requirements

If English isnt your first language, you will need an IELTS score (orequivalent English language qualification) of6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range ofcourses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1 modules

  • Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Key Debates in Media Studies
  • Media and the Social
  • Modern Knowledge, Modern Power
  • Researching Society and Culture 1A
  • Media History and Politics

Year 2 compulsory modules

  • Central Issues in Sociological Analysis
  • Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences
  • Sociology of Culture and Communication
  • Cross-Platform Media Practice

Year 2 Media options

  • Psychology, Subjectivity and Power
  • Money, Society, and Culture
  • Media, Memory and Conflict
  • Television and After
  • Culture, Society and the Individual
  • Migration in Context

Year 3 Module

  • Cross-Platform Media Practice
  • Year 3 option modules
  • Media Geographies
  • Structure of Contemporary Political Communication
  • Race, Empire and Nation
  • The City and Consumer Culture
  • Music as Communication and Creative Practice
  • Embodiment and Experience
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures
  • Promotional Culture
  • Politics of the Audiovisual
  • Social Media in Everyday Life: A global perspective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fee for local students is £9250
  • Tuition fee for International students is £17050

Career opportunities

Alumni from the Department have gone on to careers in television, radio, the press, publishing, film-making, advertising, marketing and public relations, web design, teaching and research, advertising, arts and administration, business and industry, European Union private sector management and personnel work, and many more both in the media industries and elsewhere. You can find out more about the career options open to you after graduating on ourMedia and Communications careers page.

Students who achieve the best results during their undergraduate course may also get the chance to go on to postgraduate research for a higher degree with the aim of making a career in higher education either as a lecturer combining teaching with research or as a specialist researcher.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...

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Why study at Goldsmiths, University of London

At Goldsmiths we're constantly exploring, questioning and reshaping the world. You can challenge yourself through our innovative degrees and world-leading academics that will inspire you to see the world differently.

At Goldsmiths you’ll change how you think and be inspired to develop fresh ideas and new approaches to your studies. We champion degrees that provoke thought and stretch the imagination. That’s why so many of our former students are leading the way in reshaping the sociocultural landscape on a global scale.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

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