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Year of Entry 2021/22

Global Communication and Media

Apply skills and gain knowledge in media and communications — preparing for an exciting career.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,340 for the course
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021
January 2022

Course summary

  • Understand a rapidly changing field.
  • Study the role of communication and media in contemporary society.
  • Learn effective approaches for analysing media texts.
  • Conduct research and present your findings and ideas with clarity.
  • Develop as a professional, while drawing on the department’s advanced industry connections and research expertise.

On this course, you’ll gain a broad understanding of modern media and communication, and develop the skills you need for a career in these fields. You’ll develop specialist knowledge, and become a researcher in your own right. From there, you’ll be ready to launch a rewarding career, or enter doctoral study.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll be guided through your learning in a supportive environment where access is always available to academic and support staff. You are encouraged to develop learning autonomy, independent study skills, self-reflection and employability skills.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminar activities and discussion of reading
  • interactive workshops
  • tutorials and academic tutoring
  • critical thinking and research skills
  • practical work, data production and analysis
  • field trips
  • conferences
  • formative assessment activity and summative feedback
  • essays and individual presentations
  • guest speakers

Course leaders and tutors

Joan Rodriguez-Amat
Joan Rodriguez-Amat
Principal Lecturer, Subject Group Leader for Media and Photography

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

During the course, you’ll undertake a period of work experience of at least two weeks. This will provide real-world knowledge and experience in the sphere of communication and media.

Work experience can take place at any time in the course. Students may undertake this in a variety of settings — whether in Sheffield or abroad. This allows you to suit your circumstances and interests.

Our industry-connected staff will help you find the right placement. This could be in anything from local radio and television to press, political and government officers. There are also many opportunities available in the third sector, and in festivals such as Doc/Fest, Off-the-Shelf and Tramlines.

If you’re already employed in media or communications, you may be able to draw on your work to fulfil this aspect of your degree.

Networking opportunities

You will be encouraged to take part in relevant symposia, conferences and festivals, for example the Pathways Media Industry Day, MECCSA annual conference and Postgraduate Network events, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Berlin International Film Festival.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • new media organisations
  • international social media management
  • press and media organisations
  • international news agencies
  • governmental departments
  • journalism and campaign management
  • public relations
  • charity sector campaigning
  • advocacy
  • academia
  • teaching

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

An undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above in Communications, Media, Journalism, Public Relations, History, International Relations, Politics, or related field. In some circumstances, students without traditional undergraduate qualifications will be considered. It is envisaged that these applicants will have relevant work experience.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If the English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills then students can apply for the Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course that will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation (Ma Arts And Cultural Management) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Global Media Developments Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media And Communication: Theories And Debates Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Representations And World Perspectives Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods And Skills For Media, Arts, Arts Management And Global Communication Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Think Free: Contemporary Issues In Digital Cultures Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Audiences Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,340 for the course.

† 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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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, 225.7KB)

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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