BA English Language with Media Communication

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
October 2023

About this program

BA English Language with Media Communication

Does language in the media affect people’s opinions and actions? How is language used in social and traditional media for politics, art, and business communication? What does the language used in the media tell us about English-speaking societies?

This course explores the structure and use of the English language as well as how Media is used to communicate, from the perspectives of both businesses and politicians and also in every day society.

During your studies you explore topics such as:

  • propaganda in film and literature
  • how language is used in conversation
  • how the pronunciation of speech varies
  • the role of new media in shaping mass culture
  • how the media is used for marketing purposes
  • how people use language on social media to construct identities for themselves

This unique combination of studying English language and Media communication provides an interesting curriculum and the broad range of areas covered opens many doors, giving you an edge in the global job market.

Admission requirements

Clearing entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2022 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

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

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Program content

Year 1

  • Sounds
  • Words and Sentences
  • Understanding Data in Linguistics
  • Foundations of Sociolinguistics
  • Media, Culture and Society
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics

Year 2

  • Sociolinguistics
  • English Language in the media
  • Research methods for language and linguistics
  • Digital Society
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics

Final Year

  • Project: Linguistics
  • Conversation and Social Interaction
  • Mass Media and Modern Life
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery

BA English Language with Media Communication: 3 years

BA English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BA English Language with Media Communication (Including Placement Year): 4 years


  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £17,700

Career paths

An English Language degree opens the door to a career in a variety of areas, including education, IT, HR, and writing. The media aspect of this course will specifically prepare you for a career in the media industry. By combining these two subject areas you add an edge to your CV and ensure you gain knowledge and experience in both areas simultaneously.

About this institute

University of Essex

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Contact info

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester

Phone no: +44 (0) 1206 873333


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