1. 2015 Entry

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.


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: 33 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

UCAS code:


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.


33 points.


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

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 a 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


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 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


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


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


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