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Media Communications and Sociology

BA/BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Key facts

Award
BA/BSc (Hons) Media Communications and Sociology
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: PL93 or S150
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades CCC, preferably in a related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Challenge the global media landscape with this practical and research-led Media degree.

  • Build up a diverse portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge of the changing media landscape.
  • Learn the current theoretical debates and contemporary media practices across TV, music, social media and more.
  • Develop practical and strategic skills, to better understand audiences and how to communicate new ideas with them.

Ever wondered why the media tells stories and represents people the way that it does? Or how the film, TV, music and game industries transform wider society and culture? Or how social media shapes how we perceive, consume and participate in everyday life?

BA Media Communications develops the research skills you need to make sense of these questions, and looks across contemporary media industries – their audiences, interactive platforms and representations – at a local, national and global level.

We want you to develop the collaborative and digital skills you’ll need to participate in and across media platforms. You’ll benefit from a creative blend of practical and research-led approaches, to better equip you with the skills you’ll need to understand audiences and how to communicate new ideas with them.

“An engaging and dynamic course that has equipped me with both the analytical and practice-based skills necessary to work within the ever-changing media environment.”

Media Communications Graduate, 2014

What you'll learn

Overview

You’ll examine and research media in a global context, exploring how new digital technologies shape how we perceive, consume, and participate in everyday media.

You’ll map how cultures of production shape media audiences, and explore questions of global citizenship.

We expose you to a range of creative and professional practices, including skills in media research, social enterprise and media making.

Across the three years, you’ll build up a diverse portfolio of research insights and reflective media artefacts that demonstrate your knowledge of the changing media landscape, before working towards a final-year creative dissertation project that communicates original media research to an industry audience. This is your chance to directly test out and share your research ideas with the South West’s media and creative industries.

Course structure

Year one
Modules equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing the contemporary media and conducting media research. You’ll examine media technologies, popular cultures, media ownership, media representations and media branding, and use social tools to gain practical media-making skills. You’ll be introduced to some of the key methods in media research through a series of case studies including gender in the media, television audiences, journalism, media preservation and music cultures.

Year two
You’ll question global media cultures, examining – for example – how the media transcends the borders of platforms, audiences, cultures, industries and countries. Alongside this, you’ll study the impacts of a global media culture on everything from production to consumption. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in media-making, while further examining these themes in relation to more specific areas, such as stardom and celebrity, journalism and citizenship, music and digital cultures.

Year three
We'll encourage you to specialise in an area that interests you, and to develop independent research and/or practice. This manifests in the form of a dissertation, with specialist modules available in gender and film, media technology, fandom, music journalism, computer and video games. We’ll explore the central role that these play in our leisure time, community media, and how disasters and terrorism are reported.

How will I be assessed?

Media Communications is a theoretical course with a practical component. Assessments therefore range from essays, professional writing, presentations, reviews and feature writing, to cross-media presentations, object history work and industry reports and investigations. You’ll also learn through the creation of journals, research logs and portfolios, blog posts and collaborative projects.

How will I be taught?

Our teaching is driven by the research specialisms and expertise of staff, who are all world-leading scholars in their respective fields within Media Communications. Teaching may also come from the University’s specialist technical demonstrators.

Lectures set out broad themes and issues, while seminars stimulate discussion and encourage student debate. Individual tutorials provide an opportunity to discuss your work with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

You’ll also learn via workshops devoted to particular skills such as media research, and in project labs, you’ll work with staff and fellow students to develop a media project.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Media Today I
  • Media Today II
  • Introduction to Television
  • Popular Media Culture
  • Digital Practice
  • Create Lab

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Global Media
  • Promotional Media
  • Digital Culture
  • Music, Media and Markets
  • Television, Representation and Gender
  • Stardom and Celebrity
  • Participatory Media
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dissertation I
  • Dissertation II
  • Digital Innovation and Enterprise
  • Videogames
  • Feminist Film Criticism
  • Popular Music Journalism

Opportunities

Work placements, industry links and internships

At various points throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in media production projects and to undertake work-volunteering and work placement opportunities.

Careers

Media Communications at Bath Spa is ideal for aspiring:

  • Media researchers and creative strategists
  • Advertisers and digital media marketers
  • Social media and branding creatives
  • Academics and media policy-makers of the future.

The Media Communications team is made up of world-leading researchers and creatives who are all engaged in international media industry collaborations.

You’ll benefit from these industry collaborations, feeding into live media industry projects, as well as having unique access to the Centre for Media Research’s in-house International Journal of Creative Media Research and its range of public research workshops and activities across Bath and Bristol.

Our graduates have gone into marketing, social media and advertising, project management, PR, education, and more, have been employed by companies including Komedia, Conversation Creation, Apollo Strategic Communications and John Lewis.

Competitions and awards

Each year we award The Media Communications Prize for Excellence in Research to one of our students.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

Media Communications students can hire out equipment using SISO, Bath Spa University’s free equipment loan service. We provide a huge variety of equipment, from industry standard television studios, to state-of-the-art editing software and Mac Labs, equal to anything found at cutting-edge commercial organisations and broadcast companies.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated students who want to become the researchers, content creators and policy-makers of the future. We value creative thinking, originality and a good knowledge of contemporary media, so the abilities to think critically and identify new opportunities are important traits we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate – A minimum score of 26 points required
  • Access to HE courses – Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course contact: Suman Ghosh
Email: s.ghosh@bathspa.ac.uk

Fascinated by social issues? Want to help make the world a better place? Our Sociology degree could be for you.

  • In our fast-changing world, Sociology is exciting, relevant and provides essential skills.
  • Sociology informs you and helps you think smarter.
  • Learn how to tackle problems creatively and make better decisions.

Do you want to know more about the world we live in? Do you care, and want to make a difference? If so, you’re well-suited to a Sociology degree at Bath Spa.

Sociology is the study of societies, cultures, and groups. We live in complex societies, with laws and informal rules that govern how we interact. Sociology helps you understand more about yourself, others and how society is organised.

What you'll learn

Overview

You’re taught about society, social groups and social organisation. You’ll learn about social problems and social policies.

Learn how to make sense of social change and conflict, and gain a good understanding of social differences, inequalities and social divisions.

Apply your knowledge and skills to specific problems and issues to help you become a good decision-maker.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll be introduced to Sociology, and the techniques and philosophies of the social sciences. You'll focus on identities – beginning with thinking about your own identity, and building your knowledge and understanding so that you're more familiar with social divisions, structures, and the influence of culture. You’ll also learn how to visualise the most important components of society.

Year two
The second year builds on the first and teaches you about the history of and key ideas within Sociology. You can also specialise in more specific areas of the subject, such as education and crime. You’ll undertake practical training in research skills. This will enable you to complete your final year project, and prepare you for the kind of employment that you’ll typically undertake as a Sociology graduate.

Year three
You’ll concentrate on an aspect of Sociology that most interests you in your final dissertation, undertaken with the support of a member of staff as a supervisor. You can also focus on more detailed subjects, such as globalisation, environment, ethnicity and gender.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments vary and may include essays, reports, book and article reviews, seen and unseen examinations, portfolios, projects, learning journals, individual and group work, videos and screencasts, and research projects.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars individual and group tutorials, and through our extensive online learning support environment.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Questioning Society
  • Visualising the 21st Century World
  • Power / Resistance
  • Global Development
  • The World in Ten Objects

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Sociological Debates
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Migration: Identity, Belonging, Citizenship and Security
  • The Life Course: Ageing and Generation
  • Crime, Law and Society
  • Sociology of Education
  • Future Cities
  • Climate and Society
  • Health: Mind, Body, Society
  • Social Problems, Social Divisions, Social Justice
  • Media, Sociality and Everyday Life
  • Work placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Research Design
  • Research Study
  • Dissertation
  • Gender in Society: Critical Perspectives
  • Exploring Violence
  • Culture, Risk and Environmental Justice
  • Community Engagement
  • Work, Identities and Organisations
  • Sociological fieldwork
  • Ethnicity and Society
  • Punishment and Penology in Global Context

“Sociology helps me piece things together and see the world how it really is. The campus at Bath Spa is beautiful! It’s a really peaceful place to think and the lecturers are passionate about what they teach.”

Kirsty Taylor, Sociology student

Opportunities

Study abroad

We have opportunities for you to study abroad through our Erasmus and Sociology links. We also offer you other overseas learning opportunities including an optional international field trip to India in your second year.

Field trips

We run optional visits to places such as criminal justice institutions and religious places of worship. You can take a dedicated field trip module.

Work placements, industry links and internships

We provide support in obtaining placements and making links with professionals, and we invite our Sociology graduates back to meet with you. Optional modules have links with professionals and visiting speakers built into the teaching and learning. This means you’ll learn about the real-world application of what you're learning and be able to make more informed decisions about your future career.

Careers

A Sociology degree is useful for any career that involves working with people, either in the private, public or third sectors, typically:

  • Management or administration in the public or private sector
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Media or journalism
  • Social work
  • Youth and community work
  • Health education or nursing
  • Law
  • Policing
  • Offender management and interventions
  • Work in the voluntary sector and fundraising
  • Social research and analytics.

Employers such as the National Osteoporosis Society, the Ministry of Defence, Wiltshire Council and Truro College have recruited graduates from this course. Students have also gone into roles including Assistant Education Officer, Student Services Assistant and Relocation Advisor.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Politics is taught at Newton Park campus. 

You'll have access to excellent facilities and resources such as:

Resources

All modules can be found on our Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva, providing unlimited online access to learning materials such as handbooks, lecture slides, assessment information, discussion boards and other resources.

Our library gives you access to books, academic journals and DVDs and an extensive range of electronic services. It also provides a place for individual study and collaborative work.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

UK and EU students part time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £4,625
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022
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2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,300
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for applicants who are concerned about social issues and social problems – maybe you’ve been part of a project group and taken a lead or tried to make a difference. You'll have a sense of social justice and fairness, and you'll be able to see things from different points of view.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A-level – grades CCC preferred in a related subject
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) preferred in a related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum score of 26 points required
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Get ahead

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Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Catherine Morgan
Email: c.morgan3@bathspa.ac.uk 

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