Sociology with Media Studies BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Sociology with Media Studies
The media plays a big part in shaping society. If you want to explore what drives social trends and how the media shapes our society, this course is for you.
You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study, while developing the knowledge and skills to expertly dissect the media.
When you complete this course you'll also be primed for a career in anything from health and social care to the creative industries.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in: learn how our lives relate to each other's and intersect with wider social structures and institutions
- Learn about the present, past and possible futures of media around the world
- Focus on specialist areas, such as food, happiness and violence
- Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
- Do research that connects your studies to what's happening now in society
- Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas
Careers and opportunities
When you complete this degree course, our Careers and Employability team can work with you to find the employment that you need to kick-start your career.
You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:
- teaching and lecturing
- health and social care
- marketing and media
- local government
- community development
- careers advice
- charity work
- human resources and recruitment
- business administration and personnel management
- media research
- public relations and marketing
- new media development
Some of our alumni have gone on to work for big names such as the BBC, Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- production manager
- sound and vision engineer
- film/video producer
- advertising journalist
- assistant publicist
- PR and communications officer
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level or set up a business with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit is worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Theorising Social Life
- Research Design and Analysis
- Observing Society (Bridging Unit for Media Pathway)
- Class, Inequality And The Lifecourse
- Studying Society
- Themes In Sociology
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Modernity And Globalisation
- Work, Employment And Society
- Doing Sociological Research
- Risk in Society
Optional media studies units in this year currently include:
- Screen Media
- Media Culture and National Identity
- Gender and the Media
- Media Networks
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core units in this year:
- Dissertation/Major Project (Sociology)
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Health, Wellbeing And Happiness
- Emotions And Social Life
- Race, Ethnicity And Society
- Nationalism And Migration
- Race, Ethnicity And Power
- Transnational Elites And Social Inequality
- Food, Culture And Society
- Career, Craft And Generation
- Gender And Sexuality
- Equality Or Liberation?
- Transformations Of Modern Society
- Sociology Of Culture
- Violence, War And Society
- Learning From Experience (LiFE)
- Introduction To Teaching
- Learning From Experience Plus (LiFE+)
- News, War and Peace
- TV, Drama and Society
- Studying Comedy
- Media Fan Cultures
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have been on placements to:
- NBC Universal
- St James Place Wealth Management
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Why Me? Restorative Justice
- SEK International School, Spain
- Aurora New Dawn – a charity giving safety, support, advocacy and empowerment to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking
In your placement year, you can also set up a business on your own or with other students.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical performance sessions
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- written essays and tests
- both group and individual projects
- video productions
- reports/magazine features
- seminar participation
- a 10,000-word dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
To do this degree, you need to apply for the BSc (Hons) Sociology course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.
You’ll study Sociology in depth and add Media Studies as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BSc (Hons) Sociology with Media Studies degree when you finish the course.
These are the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Sociology course.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.
These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.
If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study Media Studies in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BSc (Hons) Sociology degree when you complete the course.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – L300
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
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