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Media

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. For example: BBC at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject. A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies. * Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Media and communication studies

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- Learn key research skills vital to understanding modern media culture.

- Produce practical work in formats such as podcasts, mobile apps, and audio-visual media.

- Develop skills to progress into diverse careers, including the media industries, research and development, and academia and teaching.

- Choose from a variety of optional modules to enable you to create your own degree journey.

Build your understanding of the cultural, political and social contexts of media forms, organisations and technologies with this modern media course. Study the workings of core media institutions and learn about key approaches to analysing media texts, researching audiences, and investigating media industries.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Learning takes place in lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and screenings, where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. You are encouraged to work in teams and small groups as well developing an individual approach to your learning.

You learn through:
- lectures

- interactive workshops

- seminars

- screenings

- essays

- examinations

- group and individual presentations

- practical work

- applied learning/authentic work experience

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have completed placements with the BBC, regional newspapers, PR and advertising agencies and the voluntary sector.

**Live work**
Many modules on the degree make use of the Venture Matrix (a University department which sources clients for live projects) that will give you the experience of working with the media industry.

**Field trips**
There will be the opportunity to attend regional, national and international media events. Trips have included visits to the Berlin Film Festival and the Aesthetica Film Festival where you get the chance to meet industry experts. You can also apply for our Go Global student initiative, which has taken our students to destinations such as Malaysia and Paris. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

**Networking opportunities**
A number of industry days and events (Grad Talk, Pathways) are held on campus where students can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations.

We make sure you can network and make industry connections throughout your course. Every year we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world, attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Making Media 20
Making Media 2 20
Media Audiences 20
Media Evolution And The Professional Landscape 20
Media Industries 20
Media Texts And Genres 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Media, Identities And Representations 20
Media Technologies 20
News Media 20
The Media, Power And Politics 20
Elective modules
Applied Photography 20
Global Communications Strategy And Critique 20
Music And Events Pr And Management 20
Radio And Sound Production 20
Storytelling In Film, Television And Beyond 20
Tv And Video News Skills 20

Year 3
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Applied Project/Dissertation For Media 20
Globalisation And The Media 20
Postcolonial Media Culture 20
Researching For The Media 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,415
for the whole course
International
£14,415
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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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.

74%
med
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.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

66%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
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.

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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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