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Cardiff University

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: 3M7D

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

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Journalism

Through your studies you will develop an understanding of the historical and cultural bases of the study of the media and cultural industries and their roles in modern society.

You will be instructed in the ways in which participatory access to the central sites of public culture and communication is distributed along axes of social division such as disability, class, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexuality.

Critical and analytical thinking skills are developed in a variety of areas including the study of popular cultures. The course engages critically with major thinkers, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field and puts them to productive use.

You will be able to follow a clear culture and communication path throughout the three years of study which will culminate in a cultural studies-based dissertation.

While Media and Communications in particular is a product of our extensive and growing communications environment, the course also benefits from our experience teaching and researching both journalism and media studies from national and international perspectives.

While this course is both challenging and academic in nature, it does NOT provide vocational journalism training.

Distinctive features

Study in the Guardian's top rated School for Journalism and Public Relations (2016 and 2017)
Media modules are as diverse as Managing Media Communications, War Politics and Propaganda and Communicating Causes
Access to Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes
Careers weeks and workshops to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’
Year one seminars may be taken through the medium of Welsh and one third-year module is offered exclusively through the medium of Welsh

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

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.

82%
high
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Journalism

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
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

80%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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Journalism

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

37%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Journalism

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

£24k

£24k

£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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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