Undergraduate Extended DegreeMass Communications (extended degree)

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The Foundation year of this programme is subject to validation*

  • Work experience opportunities in leading media companies. Past examples have included Marie Claire magazine, Trinity Mirror newspaper group, London Evening Standard and BBC local radio.
  • Research-led learning, so you can gain problem solving, leadership and communications skills that are relevant to contemporary issues.


On our BA Mass Communications degree you will study the latest global trends in media communications, and have the opportunity to do a work placement at a leading UK company or organisation. Recent students have worked at the BBC, MTV, Absolute Radio and Vogue.

Mass communications shape the world we live in – from accessing information and taking part in social and political change, to impacting on our personal everyday relationships.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Mass Communications at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

On this course you'll develop an understanding of the relationship between mass media and society and drawing on other disciplines such as sociology, political science and cultural studies, you'll be introduced to some of the key approaches to analysing the media-society relationship.

You'll explore the ways in which meaning is produced in the media as well as how issues of representation such as gender, sexuality and stereotyping are examined in relation to theories of discourse. Plus, you'll study key developments in the media, how media texts are produced, distributed, regulated and consumed, and the ways in which the media can influence society.

You will also gain an in depth understanding of the issues and institutions of news media in Britain, focusing on traditional forms of news and current affairs such as newspapers; television and radio broadcast news as well as the emerging forms of news production and distribution such as blogs and citizen journalism.

Developing the skills employers will value is an important part of the course as well. We currently offer a module specifically designed to prepare you for the world of work - you'll learn to understand and speak employers' language and develop your confidence to put your career plan into effect. There are also opportunities to put these skills into action by undertaking a work placement in many areas of the creative industries.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Communication and Representation Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Mass Communications which is essential for success in your degree.

In your first year you'll be introduced to key aspects of theory within the field of media and cultural studies, focusing on different concepts relating to the notion of identity. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of development of the mass media, with a particular focus on the British context, and the recent appearance of multimedia forms. You may also examine the relationship between photography and culture.

In your second year you'll explore the ways in which media engages with social changes and presents them to its public and examine the range of different types of language use in contemporary British media - press, television and radio. You will have the chance to focus on specific areas of the media, such as radio podcasting, and learn important skills, including how to undertake quantitative and qualitative research.

In your third year you'll explore the key issues in the history, development and future of popular journalism and tabloid culture. You may study big 'media events' such as 9/11, undertake a work placement and research a topic of interest to you for your dissertation. Other modules currently offered include Understanding Globalisation, Media and the Public Sphere, Reporting Africa and Cult Film and TV.

Our graduates go into careers in television and radio, print (newspapers, magazines, journals), digital media, and research and policy organisations (such as Ofcom, Pact or the British Board of Film Classification).

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by the end of June in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.