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Sheffield Hallam University: Global Communication and Media

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Social Sciences and Arts
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


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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.


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