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Goldsmiths, University of London

Media and Sociology

UCAS Code: LP33

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

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

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Media and communication studies

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 you’ll be able to benefit from their expertise throughout your degree.

- In your second and third year, you’ll 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 you’re particularly interested in.

- Studying more than one subject means you’ll be able to bring an interdisciplinary outlook to whatever you encounter, whether it’s 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.

Please note the BA Media and Sociology only accepts applications for first year entry.

Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4)
In the first year, the media element of the programme introduces you to the study of verbal and visual language; changes in the media over the last two centuries; debates surrounding the term ‘culture’; and the examination of media texts through an understanding of systems of narrative, realism and genre. There is no practice work in the first year.

The sociology component acquaints you with the ‘sociological imagination’, tracing the roots of sociology and introducing classic theories of capitalist socio-economic order. You also develop critical reading skills.

In your first year, you will take the following compulsory 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 (credit level 5)
In your second year, you further develop your understanding of a range of approaches to the study of communications and the media by looking at developments in cultural theory, and you also have the option of studying a number of differing psychological perspectives on the analysis of culture and communications, or of pursuing more sociologically-based theories of production, technology and consumption.

In addition, you take a media practice module in which you develop production skills via the creation of small-scale projects.

You take the following compulsory modules:
Central Issues in Sociological Analysis
Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences
Sociology of Culture and Communication
Cross-Platform Media Practice 1

You will also take a 15 credit module from a list of modules from the Department of Sociology.

You also take two modules to the value of 30 credits from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. Your media options could include:
Psychology, Subjectivity and Power
Money, Society, and Culture
Media, Memory and Conflict
Television and After
Culture, Society and the Individual
Moving Image and Spectatorship
Migration in Context

Year 3 (credit level 6)
In your final year, you will have the opportunity to design your own learning experience. You'll choose from module options in Sociology and Media, and will take your second cross-platform media practice module, which will enable you to develop your skills and build on what you learned in your second year.

In addition to these taught modules, you can research and write an 8,000-word Dissertation (30 credits) on a sociology topic of your own choice, supervised by a personal tutor. This will enable you to develop an area of interest through personal study. You can also undertake a work placement as one of your option modules.
Cross-Platform Media Practice 2

You also take two Sociology options (worth 15 credits each) and choose one or two Media and Communications options (to the value of 30 credits).

Your media options could include:
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

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

TEF rating:
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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.

72%
low
Sociology

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

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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
87%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
16%
Male students
84%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Media and communication studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
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.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
61%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Childcare and related personal services

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 studies

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
42%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

Social studies

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

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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.

Mass communications & documentation

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

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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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