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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

There has never been a greater need for graduates who understand the complexities of the modern world; but who can keep pace with the latest trends and debates and have the creativity and practical skills to manage emerging media technologies.

Relevant to today’s media dominated culture, you’ll learn more about how various media functions and examine the philosophical issues surrounding our attempts to represent the world, as well as the legal and ethical framework in which it operates. You’ll develop practical and theoretical knowledge of how various media techniques are implemented, whilst exploring and challenging the assumptions that frame the way we think, act and see the world around us.

You’ll benefit from being part of a lively and active academic community which includes active researchers of international standing, who bring their own passion for their discipline into the classroom, and dynamic teachers with extensive industry experience.

In Philosophy, our small group teaching helps you to find your feet in the academic environment. There are plenty of opportunities to discuss critical issues with staff and fellow students. In Media, delivery varies according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures followed by seminars, which allow for more in-depth investigation, discussion and active learning amongst peers and academic experts. Workshops are standard for the practical modules, where the skills taught are enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field.

In Philosophy, you can join an optional residential weekend each year. Through the ‘Media Matters’ Guest Lecture series, industry professionals are regularly welcomed onto campus to address students and give their insights into media careers. Recent speakers include Teresa Malone of The Guardian, Steven Bourner, Chief Media Officer and Strategic Lead for Higher Education in the Department for Higher Education and former student Tobi Akengbade who is now a showbiz correspondent.

The course nurtures hands -on technical skills, original creativity, agility, critical thinking, effective communication skills, confidence, and entrepreneurial attitudes, enabling our graduates to thrive in a rapidly changing industry. Careers in film, TV, radio, and journalism are obvious career pathways but our graduates also go into employment in Public Relations, advertising, customer relations, publishing, marketing, and theatre.

Studying philosophy teaches you to ask penetrating questions and identify flawed arguments – skills integral to many professions, such as law and journalism. You’ll develop many other transferable skills sought by employers, such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate ideas in a structured, productive way. In also studying Media, you will have practical and theoretical knowledge which will be suitable for a career in the media industry.

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including teaching, the media, publishing and information management. For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 11,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Hertfordshire

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    65th out of 97 13

    30th out of 52 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    96 48%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.77 75%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 218
    99 46%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%



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