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Media, Communication and Sociology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies are not accepted

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

We welcome applications from Access course students who completed their secondary schooling some years ago. Each application will be considered on its own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application form - this is normally in the form of a questionnaire. A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits overall, 45 of which must be at level 3, with at least 27 level 3 credits at distinction and all remaining level 3 credits no lower than merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by a minimum of grade 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Contact Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

120

120 UCAS tariff points from combination of acceptable level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC diploma and OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate) equivalent to three A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Sociology

Media and communication studies

This joint degree focuses on media and communication, which are central to the way our society functions. It examines key media, communication and cultural institutions.

A broad range of elective modules – linked to the research expertise of our academic staff – let you tailor the degree to your interests. Modules currently include topics spanning publishing, new media, law, celebrity, global media and sport.

You will develop strong critical thinking skills and analytical ability, allowing you to engage in social policy debates. You will also develop data literacy and quantitative skills, which appeal to a broad range of employers.

- Develop highly sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills, thanks to our strong links with City’s Q-Step Centre

- Opt onto a Q-Step quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement

- Boost your employability with an optional placement year

- Take advantage of excellent media internship opportunities thanks to our central London location.  

Modules

In year 1 you will develop your sociological imagination with core modules covering sociology, media and society. Begin learning core research and data techniques to underpin your future studies.

Core modules include:
- Media History and Society
- Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication
- Classical Social Theory
- Sociology in Action
- Researching Society: Qualitative Methods
- Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
- Producing Social Data
- Academic and Professional Practice

In year 2 you will deepen your understanding of news and new media. Continue to study social theory, whilst learn about gender and race. Choose elective modules from a wide choice.

Core modules include:
- New Media Challenges
- News and Society
- Creative Technologies Project
- Social Action Project
- Understanding Social Change
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data OR Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data

Elective modules include (Pick 1):
- Sociology of Race and Racism
- Gender and Society

Students wishing to study BSc Media Communications and Sociology with the quantitative methods option will be required to complete the following modules in year two, which for the quantitative methods option, are all core modules:

Core modules include:
- New Media Challenges
- News and Society
- Creative Technologies Project
- Understanding Social Change
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data
- Quantitative Data Placement
- Visualising Society

In Year 3 you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, showcasing your research and analytical skills. Tailor your studies to your interests with a further selection of elective modules.

Core modules include:
- Sociology Project
- Global Media and Sport
- Celebrity and Society
- Political Communication (15 credits

Elective modules include:
- Digital cultures
- Global Migration Process
- Multivariate Analysis
- Education, Skills and the Job Market
- Poverty: What counts?
- Crime, Culture and the City
- Culture, Race, Difference
- Interrogating Consumer Culture
- Work and Workers
- Criminal Justice in Crisis
- Leisure, the Body and Deviance
- Publishing in the Digital Age
- Women and Writing

Assessment methods

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research, group presentations and other assignments) unseen examinations and a final-year dissertation. The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,010
per year
International
£16,010
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Sociology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
low
Sociology
53%
low
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

78%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Media studies

Teaching and learning

53%
Staff make the subject interesting
76%
Staff are good at explaining things
61%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
53%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

71%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

40%
UK students
60%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
27%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
50%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Media, journalism and communications

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Media professionals
33%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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