Northumbria University Newcastle - Mass Communication BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Mass Communication BA (Hons)

The BA (Hons) Mass Communication course is an innovative media-based degree that allows you to develop specialist knowledge of the concepts, theories, practices and methods that characterise contemporary media, communication, and cultural studies.

From day one, you will be supported in developing an independent critical understanding of the key advances within mass communication, a field of study that encompasses a wide variety of media organisations, technological innovations, cultural industries, and audiences. 

You will develop your knowledge, skills and abilities on a course that will enable you to critically evaluate contemporary mass communications industries and to understand the technological, social and political factors that shape those industries.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

On graduating you will have the knowledge and skills required for employment in a wide range of media-related professions, including careers in the creative and cultural industries, marketing, journalism, management, public relations and press offices.

This course is designed to instil key transferable skills that you will draw upon in your future career, including communication skills, literacy skills, and the ability to work in teams.

Course Details

This course has an excellent academic support system provided by knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff, who have a shared passion for their profession and the course.

Our tutors are leading experts in the fields of media, cultural studies and mass communications. Our staff bring a wealth of research experience to the course, with specialiams in digital technology, philosophy, contemporary cinema, popular culture, and audience research. Their research is underpinned by successful collaborative partnerships with external organisations such as the BBC and a number of international film festivals. 

Our experienced academic staff will engage you in a range of stimulating, contemporary debates that explore the global influence of the mass communication industries and the factors that drive changes in media industries. Our tutors are committed to excellence in teaching and learning, and delievering an outstanding student experience.

Year One

Personal and Professional Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Approaches to Media and Culture (Core,40 Credits)
Writing for Digital (Core,20 Credits)
Key Debates in Media History (Core,20 Credits)
Media and Morality (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)


Media Cultures (Core,20 Credits)
Researching Audiences (Core,20 Credits)
Media Methodologies (Core,20 Credits)
Cultural Identities on Screen (Core,20 Credits)
Media Industries (Core,20 Credits)
Media Events (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Arts (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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