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Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (2014 entry only) (BA)

  • PP53

3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

This course is available for 2014 entry only.

Our degree is concerned with the study and examination of an essential part of modern life – the media. You will have the opportunity to take modules as diverse as Writing for the Media Today, War Politics and Propaganda and Digital Communication.

Through lectures, seminars and one to one tuition the degree will develop your ability to think critically and write cogently.

From day one you will join a stimulating intellectual environment commited to maximising your potential through personal development and careers events.

Our experienced lecturers are internationally renowned in their subject areas. Their passion and expertise will be communicated to you. We are proud that our most recent graduates achieved a record number of first class honours degrees.

We want you to be integral to the life and culture of the department to ensure your time here is meaningful and productive.

Key Facts

UCAS Code PP53
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School admits 125 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Typical applications received 400
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer ABB
Admissions Tutors Dr Mike Berry, Dr Lina Dencik, and Dr Ross Garner
Tel Number 029 2087 7241, 029 2087 7714
Email address
School website

The BA in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is a three-year, full time, modular scheme.

Most modules comprise 12 weeks teaching, usually including a reading week. The rest of the semester is devoted to exams and other kinds of assessment, along with the lengthy processes of marking and exam boards.

Year One

Year One consists of the four compulsory modules below:

  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Media Scholarship
  • Understanding Journalism Studies
  • Representations

Year Two

Year Two modules are designed to develop and refine ideas and arguments introduced in Year One. Year Two Core Modules:

  • Popular Culture
  • Advertising and the Consumer Society
  • Doing Media Research
  • Media, Power, Society

During year 2 you will also have to opportunity to select a range of elective modules.

Year Three

You will build on the first two years, pursuing a wide range of more specialist and advanced areas of study.

You will have a choice modules allowing you to specialise in areas of interest. Each module is 20 credits where the dissertation is 40 credits.

Below are some examples of second and third elective modules available:

  • Dissertation
  • Journalism, New Media and the Public
  • Media Law
  • Media, Racism, Conflict
  • Mediating Childhood
  • Popular Music and Identity
  • Spin Un-Spun: Public Relations and the News Media
  • The Creative and Cultural Industries
  • The Making and Shaping of News
  • The Mediation of Political Violence
  • Writing for the Media Today
  • Writing with Light
  • Debating Quality Television
  • Sport and the Media
  • 21st Century British Television: Industry, Form and Audiences
  • Citizen Media

Teaching in the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is research-led, ensuring that you experience leading-edge innovation and thinking. No other institution in its field in the UK has achieved the level of excellence in academic teaching, postgraduate training and research, with its teaching grounded in a commitment to ethics, social responsibility and the importance of journalism, media and communications to a healthy democracy.

Students are taught in a stimulating and supportive environment and assigned a personal tutor who is a member of academic staff and able to advise on a wide range of issues.

Teaching is carried out through lectures and also in smaller classes where the emphasis is on discussion. In Years Two and Three there is generally more emphasis on class work and individual projects. Students are expected to take a good deal of responsibility for their studies outside the hours spent in lectures and seminars. Assistance is given with this independent study.

The degree programme is designed so that students will experience a range of assessment methods, including written examinations, essays, continuous assessment, portfolios, presentations and project-based assessment.

The Student-Staff panels, maintain close feedback and contact between lecturers and students.

Typical A-level Offer ABB, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
Typical WBQ Offer We accept the Welsh Bacc in lieu of an A-level at grade B
Typical Int Bacc Offer 33 points
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.

In 2010, 83% of the School’s graduates were in employment within six months of graduation or engaged in further study with others taking time out to travel etc.

Many graduates progress onto our postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications masters degrees available at Cardiff and elsewhere, and from there to various jobs in the media.

Recent examples of entry level jobs include: Content Author, Digital Media Executive, Social Media Policy Advisor, Research Intern, Editorial Intern, Reporter, PR Executive/Assistant, Policy Intern, Campaign Executive, Teaching

Next intake: September 2014 only

School Contact

Name: Dr Lina Dencik  

Telephone: 029 2087 5461 



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School Contact

Name: Dr Mike Berry  

Telephone: 029 2087 0630 



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School Contact

Name: Dr Ross Garner  

Telephone: 029 2087 5475 



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