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Media Studies and Sociology  BSc (Hons)

Media studies & Sociology BSc, a joint degree, examines the way news media and cultural industries work in contemporary society and how they relate to and impact on social issues such as crime, gender, identity, politics and the economy.

Overview

Media Studies and Sociology BSc is a joint degree that focuses on the institution that is central to the way our society functions: the media. In this course you will examine the way news media and cultural industries work, and how they relate to and impact on social issues such as crime, gender, identity, politics and the economy. You will explore contemporary trends such as media globalisation and the rise of social media. This course also focuses on developing an understanding of society and our roles within it. You will have the opportunity to study topics that include family life, identity, work, race, class, migration, gender, popular culture, urban living, food and criminology.

Media Studies and Sociology BSc will enable you to develop an appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces and their relationship to social processes, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis, London.

This is an innovative degree, designed and delivered by academics who are internationally acknowledged as leading researchers in their field. There is a focus on Research-led teaching and on helping students to acquire the skills to become active researchers themselves.

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Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' Level. Other qualification combinations achieving 320 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
IB: 32 points.
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent). More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year
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UCAS code:

PL33

Entry Requirements

UK

A Level

  • 320 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades ABB or BBB plus one 'AS' 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 English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent) are also  required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • 32 points (no specific subjects required).

Access to Higher Education

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

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.

Other UK qualifications

  • 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)

International

We accept a wide range of international qualifications for direct entry to our programmes.

You can apply for a course here before you sit your final school exams (we would recommend applying in the October/November of the year before you wish to start). Any offer we decide to make to you will be conditional on you achieving the appropriate score in your school leaving qualifications, in conjunction with your English language qualification.

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.

Second-year transfers

We accept students transferring from other universities for second year entry on a case-by case basis. If you wish to apply for second-year entry please be aware that you must:

  • Currently be studying on a course in an equivalent subject area.
  • Have achieved grades equal to the entry requirements for first-year entry (A Levels, international qualifications, foundation years, access courses, etc).
  • Have covered sufficiently similar content to that of 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.

If you are currently studying in an overseas institution and have any questions about applying for 2nd year entry, please contact international@city.ac.uk.

English Requirements

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

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

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

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

Core modules include:

Elective modules include:

  • Exploring London
  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice
  • Introduction to political economy
  • Politics and power in the twentieth century
  • Language.

Year two

Core modules include:

  • News and society
  • New media challenges
  • Quantitative analysis of social research data
  • Ethnographic explorations.

Elective modules include:

  • Circuits of culture
  • Gender and society
  • Broken Britain
  • Sociology of race and racism
  • Class and culture
  • Classical social theory
  • Contemporary social theory
  • Sociology of punishment
  • Key issues in criminology.

Year three

Core module:

  • Sociology dissertation.

Core elective modules include:

  • Understanding global media flows
  • Television and sport
  • Crime, news and criminal justice
  • New media: cyberspace.

Elective modules include:

  • Leisure, power, control
  • Work and workers in the twenty- first century
  • Identities and personal relationships
  • Understanding social change
  • Food and society
  • Sociology of contemporary Europe
  • Global migration processes.

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.

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 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Funding

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

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

This course will enable you to develop the methodological expertise to analyse social data and the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates. You will develop specific skills relevant to a variety of professions, as well as critical thinking, which is prized in graduate employment.

The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative methods skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as the government and local government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector and the news media. Alumni who have entered all of these fields and many others upon graduation.

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