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BSc (Hons) Sociology with Media Studies

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
September 2021

Program description

BSc (Hons) Sociology with Media Studies

The media plays a big part in shaping society. If you want to explore what drives social trends and how the media shapes our society, this course is for you.

You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study, while developing the knowledge and skills to expertly dissect the media.

When you complete this course you'll also be primed for a career in anything from health and social care to the creative industries.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM–DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Class, Inequality and the Lifecourse
  • Developing Your Sociological Imagination
  • Observing Society
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Theorising Social Life

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Doing Sociological Research
  • Modernity and Globalisation
  • Risk and Society
  • Work, Employment and Society

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Equality Or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Food, Culture, and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender and the Media
  • Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness
  • Learning From Experience
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • Modern Language (Institution-wide Language Programme)
  • Race and Racism
  • Screen Media
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Study Abroad
  • The Sociology of Education

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation / Major Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Consumer Society:Critical Themes and Issues
  • Emotions and Social Life
  • Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice
  • Family, Career and Generation
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health, Wellbeing and Happiness
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • News, War and Peace
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Race and Racism
  • Social Power, Elites and Dissent
  • Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity
  • Studying Comedy
  • TV Drama and Society

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £14,700 per year

Qualification

On this course you'll:

  • Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in: learn how our lives relate to each other's and intersect with wider social structures and institutions
  • Learn about the present, past and possible futures of media around the world
  • Focus on specialist areas, such as food, happiness and violence
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Do research that connects your studies to what's happening now in society
  • Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

Career opportunities

When you complete this degree course, our Careers and Employability team can work with you to find the employment that you need to kick-start your career.

What can you do with a Sociology degree?

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • health and social care
  • advertising
  • marketing and media
  • local government
  • community development
  • careers advice
  • teaching
  • charity work
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management
  • media research
  • public relations and marketing
  • journalism
  • publishing
  • new media development

What jobs can you do with a Sociology degree?

Some of our alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • production manager
  • sound and vision engineer
  • film/video producer
  • advertising journalist
  • assistant publicist
  • PR and communications officer

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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University of Portsmouth

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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www.port.ac.uk

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