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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** 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. 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
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.


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 Global Media Developments Media And Communication: Theories And Debates Media, Arts And Communication Masters Dissertation / Project Media Representations And World Perspectives Research Methods And Skills For Media, Arts, Arts Management And Global Communication Think Free: Contemporary Issues In Digital Cultures Understanding Audiences

Assessment method


Entry requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options:
Global Communication and Media at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS