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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)


Combine academic theory and practical application for a well-rounded understanding of the media and the skills to gain employment in the creative industries.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £4,625 per year
How long will I study? 6 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Learn to conduct research, write for different audiences, and verbally present ideas with clarity.
  • Engage in practical work in a range of formats such as print and broadcast media.
  • Choose from a variety of optional modules to enable you to create your own degree journey.

Build your understanding of the cultural, political and economic roles of media forms, organisations and technologies in contemporary society with this modern media course. You analyse and study the workings of core media institutions and learn about key approaches for analysing media texts, and examine the general characteristics of media industries.

How you learn

Tutors and students provide an overview of the course and what it's like to study in Sheffield.

Learning takes place in lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and screenings, where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. You are encouraged to work in teams and small groups as well developing an individual approach to your learning.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • seminars
  • screenings
  • essays
  • examinations
  • group and individual presentations
  • practical work

Course leaders and tutors

Joan Rodriguez-Amat
Joan Rodriguez-Amat
Senior Lecturer in Media, Communications and PR

Before joining Sheffield Hallam University (June 2015), Joan was appointed as postdoc in the chair of Media Governance, Media Organisations and Media Industries with … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have completed placements with the BBC, regional newspapers, PR and advertising agencies and the voluntary sector.

Live work

Many modules on the degree make use of the Venture Matrix (a University department which sources clients for live projects) that will give you the experience of working with the media industry.

Field trips

Spend a week watching the latest releases, meeting filmmakers and people from the industry and experiencing the rich cultural life of the city on our annual field trip to the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.

Networking opportunities

A number of industry days and events (Grad Talk, Pathways) are held on campus where students can network with and attend talks and workshops run by creative media industry professionals and organisations.

We make sure you can network and make industry connections throughout your course. Every year we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world, attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • radio
  • film and TV production
  • blogging
  • social media
  • PR
  • print journalism
  • teaching
Student success story

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with producer Fiona Hanlon - a Sheffield Hallam BA Media graduate - and hear about the invaluable training and contacts the course provided her.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • newsrooms
  • radio studio
  • TV studio
  • photography studio
  • dedicated media store, where you can use production equipment such as cameras and microphones

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points


This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. For example:

  • BBC at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access ¿ an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Making Media Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Evolution And The Professional Landscape Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Texts And Genres Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Making Media 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Audiences Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Industries Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Applied Photography Credits: 20
Module: Music And Events Pr And Management Credits: 20
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20

Year 4

Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Global Communications Strategy And Critique Credits: 20
Module: Storytelling In Film, Television And Beyond Credits: 20
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20

Year 5

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Globalisation And The Media Credits: 20
Module: Media Technologies Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Alternative Media Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Communications: Strategy And Critique Credits: 20
Module: Feature Writing And Publishing 3 Credits: 40
Module: Moral Panics Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applied Project/Dissertation For Media Credits: 20
Module: Postcolonial Media Culture Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Communication Through Photography Credits: 20
Module: Pr And Power Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time study in 2019/20 is £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF)

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