Journalism Media and Sociology (BA)

This modern degree enables you to make sense of society and the role of mass communications in an era of globalisation and social change.

Many students find studying a joint honours programme stimulating and rewarding as they are able to observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. By combining journalism, media and sociology, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial for your future.

This degree is delivered in partnership by the School of Social Sciences and the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. It offers an opportunity to explore current debates in sociological concepts and methods, communications and media studies.

Your Sociology modules will help you to make sense of the social and cultural contexts in which journalism is rooted and to which media debates respond – such as the changing nature of media networks, shifts in the nature of work, leisure and family life, transformation in institutions such as the education, welfare, political and legal systems, shifts in the ethnic make-up of Britain, the continuing significance of class and gender inequalities, and debates over increasing globalisation and new forms of technology, media, scientific innovation and medical intervention.

Sociology modules will help you to understand pressing questions raised by studying the media, such as society’s prevailing attitudes to immigration, why certain social groups are fascinated with celebrity, why young people seem to be less interested in politics today and whether it is really the case that we are becoming a more affluent and individualised society.

Your Journalism and Media modules will introduce many of the key themes, concepts, frameworks and skills necessary to begin your critical analysis of the media, your study of journalism and your understanding of mass communications.

They will compare scholarly and professional approaches to understanding the evolving nature of news in light of recent trends and developments and you will learn how to use historical and analytical approaches to think critically about contemporary media culture.

Distinctive features

  • Sociology is an excellent subject to pair with journalism because of its close attention to cultural concerns and its ability to contextualise and inform our understanding of the important role of the media in society.
  • The opportunity for you to learn in Schools ranked 2nd in the UK for research quality in journalism, 3rd in sociology and 5th in education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF).
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching.
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment.

Key facts

UCAS CodeLP35
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe school typically has 280 places available
Typical applications receivedThe school typically receives 1250 applicants
Typical A level offerABB, excluding General Studies.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core, Plus BB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer34 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year. You’ll study six 20-credit modules a year, split equally between the subjects.  The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.

Year one

Year one is a foundation year to give you the skills for advanced study and an overview of the two subjects to inform your later choices. Our personal tutor programme will help you to make the transition to higher education.

You will take 120 credits in total, equally split between 60 credits in journalism and media, and 60 credits in sociology.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Sociology, Society and Social ChangeSI023720 credits
Introduction To Social Science ResearchSI012420 credits
Key Ideas in Social ScienceSI016920 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
History of Mass Communication & CultureMC111020 credits
Media ScholarshipMC111520 credits

Year two

You will again take 60 credits in journalism and media, and 60 credits in sociology.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.

Year three

You will again take 60 credits in journalism and media, and 60 credits in sociology.

A comprehensive range of modules are available in the third year with the option of a Dissertation.  All modules in Year three are optional and students must study a total of 120 credits.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with you future career choices in mind.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

You will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study and follow a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.

Teaching mainly takes place through lectures and discussion-based seminar groups. From year two in there will be opportunities to participate in practical, research-led activities alongside your theoretical learning.

How will I be supported?

Personal tutors in each School will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:

  • knowledge of contemporary theory and research in journalism, mediaand sociology
  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT;
  • interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information, for example as part of a research project;
  • demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
  • recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • managinglearning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

School of Social Sciences

In 2013/14, 95% of our graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

In 2013/14, 96% of our graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

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

Recent examples of entry level jobs include: content author, digital media executive, social media policy adviser, research intern, editorial intern, reporter, PR executive/assistant, policy intern, campaign executive, teaching assistant and also project manager.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

The School of Social Sciences has a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.


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