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Media Studies and Sociology  BSc (Hons)

In this course we will familiarise you with the major theoretical perspectives in Sociology and specific current issues and debates. The media studies part of the degree provides an invaluable understanding of the expanding role of the media in contemporary society.

Overview

Why study Sociology?

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Course overview

In this course you will learn the major theoretical perspectives in sociology and specific current issues and debates. The media studies part of the degree provides an invaluable understanding of the expanding role of the media in contemporary society.

In modules taught by leading researchers, you will be encouraged to critically study various media in both a national and global context, including the broadcasting media, print media, film and new media technologies. You will develop an in-depth sociological analysis of the changing roles of media and communications in today's information societies.

Meet our alumni

Read a short profile of one of our recent Media Studies & Sociology graduates:

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB at 'A' Level)
  • IB: 33 points
  • GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent)
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

PL33

Entry Requirements

UK

'A' Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. This may typically be met by achieving ABB at 'A' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
  • 'A' Level General Studies and 'A' Level Critical Studies are not accepted.

GCSE pre-requisites

English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent)

Access to Higher Education

We welcome Access course applicants from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits.

A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit.

It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.

Other UK qualifications accepted include:

  • BTEC National Diploma (DDM required)
  • Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
  • Advanced Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers
  • Welsh Diploma (plus appropriate 'A' Levels)

Second-year transfer applicants

If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry ('A' Levels, foundation years, access courses, etc.)
  • have covered sufficiently similar content to that covered by our first-year students
  • be gaining or have gained at least a 2:1 in every module in your current first year. You must provide official documentation of this as evidence (e.g. university transcript).

If you feel you meet these requirements then please apply through UCAS as early as possible (transfer students normally apply when their first semester exam results are published) and we can then assess your eligibility. Please be aware you will need to select your 'point of entry' as year two.

Please note: For direct second-year entrants the overall degree classification will be based on the marks obtained at City University London only, with the weighting of 33/67 between the second and third year. Marks previously obtained will not be used in the degree classification.

On your application please include:

  • the exact name of the degree you are studying towards
  • the institution at which you are studying
  • the modules you have taken
  • any scores you have achieved.

This information will enable us to make a more informed decision as to whether the content that you have studied is to an appropriate level for level-two entry.

Please be aware that you must meet all of the above requirements, otherwise your application is unlikely to be successful.

International

International Baccalaureate (IB)

33 points

European Baccalaureate

75-80%

International Foundation Programme

The entry requirements for applicants applying having completed such programmes varies in relation to the specific programme completed. Typically, we would ask for applicants to have achieved at least 65% in a programme verified by the university, for an applicant to be made an offer.

International Qualifications

Please be aware you can apply for a course here before you sit your school leaving qualifications. Any offer we decide to make you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification. This can be done from September the year before the programme to which you are applying.

Accepted qualifications include:

  • Australian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 90%)
  • Bulgarian Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Canadian school leaving certificates. (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • Cypriot Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • French Baccalauréat (Offer typically around 13.5/20)
  • German Abitur (Offer typically around 1.8)
  • Greek Apolytirion (Require a score of at least 19. Combined with two relevant 'A' Levels)
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (554)
  • Indian HSC/ISC/ SSC grade XII (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of 80% average)
  • Italian Esame di Stato (Offer typically made on the basis of an overall mark of 80% with a grade of 8/10 in mathematics)
  • Israeli Bagrut (Offer typically made on the basis of a score between 80-90%)
  • Lithuanian Brandos Atestatas (Offer typically made on the basis of an average score of 9/10 from all A and B subjects)
  • Malaysian Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM ABB)
  • Norwegian Vitnemål  (Offer typically made on the basis of a score of at least 5.0)
  • Polish Matura (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving an average of 80% across three extended level subjects)
  • Singapore/Cambridge GCE Advanced Level (ABB at Higher 2)
  • Spanish Título de Bachillerato (Offer typically made on the basis of the applicant achieving 8 overall with 8 in Mathematics)
  • USA Advanced Placement (Offer typically made on the basis of an applicant achieving at least 14 (5,5,4) from three approved subjects).

    Please contact the department for further guidance, if required.

N.B. All qualifications where the education is not in English will be required to achieve the appropriate IELTS/TOEFL score.

If the qualification you are due to complete is not shown above, please feel free to contact our UG admissions team for advice.  

Other Suitable Qualifications

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE (or International GCSE)
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE grade C or above
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL: 100 internet-based total

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

Visa Requirements

City University London retains Highly Trusted Status from UKBA, enabling us to sponsor international students to study in the UK.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Duration:
Full-time - 3 years or 4 years with professional placement

Course Content

In modules taught by leading researchers, you will be encouraged to critically study various media in both a national and global context, including the broadcasting media, print media, film and new media technologies. You will develop an in-depth sociological analysis of the changing roles of media and communications in today's information societies.

Course Structure

Year one

The first year consists of introductory courses analysing the key issues and debates in media studies and prepares you for more specialised theoretical and research options in the second and final years.

Core modules

Elective modules include

  • Exploring London 
  • Introduction to criminology 1: Crime and society 
  • Introduction to criminology 2: Crime and the individual
  • Contemporary issues in global politics - 20th century
  • Contemporary issues in global politics - 21st century
  • History and theory in psychology
  • Lifespan psychology
  • Theories of global politics
  • A language module (French, German or Spanish).

Year two

The second year allows for specialisation in more advanced topics in Sociology and Media Studies.

Core modules

  • Doing sociology 1
  • Doing sociology 2

Core elective modules

  • Circuit of culture: Production, representation, consumption
  • Interpreting news and documentary
  • New Media challenges
  • Television and sport.

Elective modules include

  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Social theory 2
  • Violence, criminal justice policy
  • Key issues in criminology
  • Sociology of punishment
  • Understanding social change.


Final year

Core module

  • Dissertation

Core elective modules include

  • Leisure/Power/Control
  • Media, war and terrorism
  • The global media system
  • Transnational communication in Europe.

Elective modules include

  • Sociology of human rights
  • Victimology
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Policing and crime control
  • Youth, crime and society
  • Global migration processes
  • Reading sociology
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Social movements and political action
  • Approaches to film
  • Gender and society
  • New Media: From cyberspace to social media
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Crime, news and criminal justice.
Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas.

Small group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.

You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.

For the third-year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.

Assessment

Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year dissertation.

Read the full programme specification.

Study Abroad

A wide range of international study exchange opportunities are  available and students who choose to study abroad enjoy many added benefits. Exchanges vary in duration from 3 to 12 months. As a Sociology student you will have the opportunity to take an international study year (usually in another European country) as part of your degree. In particular, the Erasmus programme enables you to study in Europe for a semester or a full year www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £12,000

Please note:

UK/EU students - The fees for UK/EU students rise each year by the rate of the cost of living in the UK and are set by the UK Government.

Non-EU international students - There is a small percentage increase, usually between 3% and 5%, each year on these fees.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships

City is offering a scholarship of up to £2,000 cash each year for at least three years for students on this course. Read more here to see if you might qualify.

Placements

You are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of the University, working in the areas of media and communications, crime and justice, human rights, migration and refugee support and mental health.

Career Prospects

Because we develop skills and abilities valued by employers, City is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities for career opportunities and professional development. Our graduates are found within a variety of different professions.

As well as successfully pursuing postgraduate careers in media and related research fields, they pursue professional journalism training and careers in publishing, advertising, public relations, marketing and arts administration and policy.

There are also an increasing number of employment opportunities in the rapidly expanding new cultural and creative industries sector of the economy.

Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.

Read an interview with Gary Argent (City's Director of Careers & Skills Development Service) about how undergraduates can improve their job prospects in today's workplace.

Media Studies and Sociology

UCAS code: PL33


Applications to our undergraduate courses open on 1 September 2013 and close on 15 January 2014 (30 June 2014 for international students). Late applications will still be considered at our discretion.

All applications to our undergraduate degree courses, including those from mature students, must be made through UCAS. You can apply through your school or college using the UCAS online service 'Apply' which enables you to apply directly through the UCAS website (www.ucas.com).

Independent applicants such as mature and international students can also use ucasapply.

The institution code for City University London is C60.

If you are still at school or college when you make an application, staff there should be able to assist with this process offering you help and advice.

If you are outside the UK when you make an application your local British Council Office should be able to provide assistance.

We accept a large number of international students to our undergraduate courses every year, so if your international qualifications do not reflect the grade requirements, then please feel free to contact us.