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Media & Communication

Liverpool Hope University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
October 2022

October 2023

October 2024
Media & Communication

Program description

Media & Communication

If you want an exciting career in the media but also want to understand how and why the media reports and represents the world in the ways it does, studying at Hope is the next step for you. Media and Communication provides you with an opportunity to closely study and analyse the ways in which the media industry shapes and is shaped by our world. Our degrees (Combined and Single Honours) are designed to help you become an industry leader equipped to take on the key task of working towards a more reliable, trustworthy media industry, and to work as a cross-platform media practitioner.

If you choose to take Single Honours Media and Communication, you explore the history and theory of film and other visual media, such as photography and animation, and the cultural and creative contexts in which they are produced and consumed. We also think one of the best ways to study creativity is by making things, so you have the opportunity to make films (drama, documentary or animation), produce photographic portfolios, work in a studio and write screenplays. Our curriculum is taught by lecturers with a reputation for international research and by a practitioner who has made BAFTA and EMMY award winning programmes and animated films.

Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope is underpinned by the notion of interrogating power. We believe that the media must always be held to account and has a responsibility to pursue social justice. Whether it be through journalism, digital and social media theory and applied skills, our aim is to produce graduates who will make a better world.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - No specific subject requirements

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

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

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Program content

Year One

Introduction to Media and Communication

You will look at how the media is used to exert or to challenge power in society, and develop a deeper understanding of the political and cultural changes associated with both digital and legacy media. You will explore the history of the media’s development in Britain, from the printing press to the internet. Other topics studied include how news media organisations and journalists decide ‘what is news’. You will also develop applied cross-platform media practice skills.

Foundations in Film and Visual Culture

You will explore film history and theory, including the classical Hollywood studio system, representations of women on film, and masculinity, sexualities, race and class on films. Theories studied include auteur, genre and stardom. You will also look at films as a social practice, and will have practical sessions in animation, photography and filmmaking.

Year Two

Explorations in Media and Communication

Your second year develops your understanding of key media industry topics. You also explore how commercial, political and cultural pressures shape the work of the media in the digital era. Other topics studied include media industries, such as format television and digital media, and applied skills, like research methods. You will develop the research skills necessary to investigate key aspects of media and communications research. You will continue to advance your cross-platform media practice skills.

Explorations in Film and Visual Culture

Studying this topic, you will look at American films from the post-World War Two period to the 1980s, as well as the British New Wave and British films of the 1960s and 1970s. You will also explore German expressionism, French surrealism and poetic realism. Practical work includes animation, photography and a filmed news bulletin.

Year Three

Advanced Studies in Media and Communication

Your final year gives you the opportunity to study media theories like those related to political communication and culture, gender and identity, and look at how the internet and digital developments are changing the media landscape and journalism.

You also have a choice to specialise in a practice strand such as news media or digital media.

Dissertation or research project

You complete a dissertation or research project on a topic of your choice with support from your tutor.

Advanced Studies in Film and Visual Culture

You will study the cinematic years 1967-1980 in their political and cultural context, as well as world cinema. In addition, you will choose one topic to study in depth, either film history and theory or a practical workshop specialising in photography, animation or filmmaking.

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

  • Total tuition fee for local/EU students is £9,250.
  • Tuition fee for International/Non-EU students is £11,400.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career opportunities

Recent Media and Communications graduates are working as cinema managers, film education officers, BBC radio reporters, local and magazine journalists, academic proof-readers, screen writers, and independent international filmmakers.

More generally, you will have gained a degree which will have provided both a broad base of learning about media and the opportunity to develop specific areas of specialism in news media or visual communication, such as film. Alongside classroom work, you will have embraced the many opportunities offered by Hope to enhance your skills and knowledge – masterclasses with leading radio and newspaper journalists and creative practitioners, and the Film Society – each combining to help ensure a graduate ready to make their mark on the industry.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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Liverpool Hope University

Hope Park Campus
L16 9JD Liverpool
United Kingdom

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