BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Journalism
Journalism at USW is rated top in Wales for learning opportunities and academic support. National Student Survey 2022
This media, culture and journalism degree focuses on the relationship between the media, society and culture, and its role in understanding who we are. Mixing theory with the chance to develop strong and focused practical skills, we’ll give you a real insight into how the media works.
Thanks to this mix, our graduates have in-depth subject knowledge and strong analytical skills that are valued in the media and the creative and cultural industries.
Those teaching on our theory-based modules are world-leading researchers, while those delivering our practical modules have extensive professional experience in the media. Cardiff is at the centre of one of the UK’s most dynamic media industries. With so much going on, it’s the perfect place to study media and journalism.
Graduates from the Media, Culture and Journalism degree go on to work for major film and TV broadcasters, distributors and educational institutions, and their research work is published globally. Follow @MCJ_USW
In the first year of the Media, Culture and Journalism degree, key themes in media, culture and journalism are introduced through detailed study of the practices and theory of newspapers, cinema, television, the internet, popular music and other media forms. You will engage in discussions and workshops, and take a module introducing you to the key skills of Journalism Practice.
In the second year, you will explore in depth the relationship between media and audiences, the power of media institutions, the reach of international media and the importance of digital media. Specialist training in media research skills is available and you can choose between optional modules in journalism or work experience.
You will complete a compulsory dissertation on a topic of your choice in your final year and choose several modules that reflect the interests and expertise you have developed.
Year One - Media, Culture and Journalism degree
- Journalism Practice
- Journalism Studies
- Musical Cultures
- Contemporary Popular Television
- Introduction to Media Theory
- Understanding Communication in the Creative and Cultural Industries
Year Two - Media, Culture and Journalism degree
- Media Audiences & Fandom
- Researching Media, Culture & Communication
- Digital Media & Society
- Journalism & Society
- Consumer Cultures
- Broadcast Journalism (Option)
- Social, Digital, Mobile Story Production (Option)
- Work Experience (Option)
Year Three - Media, Culture and Journalism degree
- Media & Culture in Wales
- International Media
- Gender and the Media
- TV Drama
- Creative Industries Professional Practice
Modules are subject to change.
Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website. In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.
You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops, with additional support materials online. This is primarily a theoretical course, though there are integrated practical elements. You will be expected to spend time reading and researching to develop your subject knowledge. A number of group projects give you the chance to develop and display your team-working skills.
Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.
There is currently no accreditation associated with this course.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. The University has a Contextual Admissions Policy, therefore, whilst most offers we make are at the top of the range, under the Policy we take certain aspects of an application into consideration and eligible UCAS applicants can receive a personalised offer or have results considered individually when you receive them. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy Statement.
Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
Applicants in the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.
Applicants outside the UK
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.
Typical A-Level Offer
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical Welsh BACC Offer
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Typical IB Offer
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall
Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
International Entry Requirements
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course
August 2022 - July 2023 Fees
Full-time UK: £9000
Full-time International: £13700
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Field trips. (All academic years)
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
International and EU students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
Graduates from the Media, Culture and Journalism degree are sought-after in the job market because they have in-depth subject knowledge and strong analytical skills that are valued in the media industries, public relations, education, marketing and events, management and the heritage, tourism and leisure sectors.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.