BA English Language and Media (3 year)

Course Overview

The BA English Language and Media allows the study of print and broadcast media to cinema and television, digital publishing, social networking, and public relations, the media increasingly defines the way we interact with our society. Media and Communication is ranked in the top 20 of the Guardian University League Tables 2016.
The English Language component looks at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts. Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview. This degree scheme also allows the opportunity to spend a semester abroad internationally. It is also possible to spend a year abroad after year 2.
Together with English Literature, English Language is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Media and communication incorporate distinct pathways in media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media.
  • The programme combines the study of history, theory and practice that incorporates skills and techniques relevant to the modern digital media, digital journalism, creative digital practice; video production; radio production; film and public relations industries. 
  • Students have the option of taking a study trip/field project module.
  • Students have the option of studying a Semester Abroad during their second year. Destinations include: USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • The English Language component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
  • Students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.  
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.
  • Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
Optional Modules
English Language Compulsory Selective 

Choose Maximum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Take three modules from below ALE200 / ALE204 / ALE225 cannot be taken together. ALE204 / 225 are subject to interview

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practicecannot be taken with ALE204 or ALE225
ALE202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Children as Language Learners
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) Asubject to interview. Cannot be taken with ALE200 or ALE225
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) Bsubject to interview. Cannot be taken with ALE200 or ALE204
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect
Compulsory Modules Selective Media 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Take up to 2 modules from below, or you may one module here and take an optional module from the final box.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AHT200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Profiad Gwaith
AM-213Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Topics in American Studies II:
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
HIH267Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of the Mass Media in the United Kingdom
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-221Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Media Practice
MS-228Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Video Production
MS-231Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Journalism
MS-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSP201RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Digital Public Relations Practice
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation
MSW200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sgiliau Cyfryngau Ymarferol
MSW202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Y Cyfryngau a Chymdeithas
MSW205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creu a Chyflwyno Testunau
MSW207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Cyfathrebu Digidol
MSW208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theori Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may if you wish take one an optional 20 credits. Note Language modules are 10 credits each and must be taken in the appropriate language pair ie Spanish 1 to be taken with Spanish 2 etc

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Language Optionals 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose 3 x 20 credit modules. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block overall . Students wishing to do a reasearch project in English Language may do so with the programme Directors permission.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
ALE306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language in the Media
ALE317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Project Preparation (Linguistics)can only be taken in conjucture with ALE317
ALE318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)can only be taken in conjucture with ALE318
ALE319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EN-376Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
Media Studies Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must have 60 credits in each teaching block overall. You may only choose a Dissesrtation in one of your Joint Honours subjects.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HIH3215Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media and Society in the 1930s.
HUA308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art and Cinema
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics.
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality.
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures.
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web TechnologiesTo select this module you must have taken MS-221 Creative Media Practice..
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism.
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation Preparation.
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20DissertationPlease note that students who take the Dissertation must also take MS-310 Dissertation Preparation.
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video ProductionIf you select this module cannot then choose MS-327..
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio ProductionIf you select this module cannot then choose MS-323..
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen.
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding.
MSS312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media & Communication Internship.
MSW301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Testunau Trawsgyfryngol.
MSW303Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cyfryngau.
MSW304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith a'r Cyfryngau.
MSW305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cynhyrchu a Gwerthu: Cynhyrchiad Aml-blatfform.
MSW306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Strategaeth, Brandio a Marchnata.
MSW307Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Traethawd Estynedig Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus.
MSW308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol.


The BA English Language and Media degree gives you the opportunity to study the interdisciplinary field of media and communication through distinct pathways in digital media, film, public relations, journalism and practical media. Programmes are intended for students who wish to deepen and extend their understanding of the English language as well as of language and communication more generally. Students study six modules, three in Media and Communication and three in English Language.

The English language modules look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time, including:

•how language is used in everyday communication

•how language has developed over time 

•how we learn our first language and subsequent languages 

•how language operates in bilingual contexts 

•how we produce and understand language in real time 

•how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar 

We relate this to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

The typical cost for a CELTA qualification is £1430 but English Language degree scheme students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.

Student Quotes

"The year spent studying Media in Swansea University is my best study experience ever in my life. It helped to lay the foundation of my career that I have now. I work for China Central Television 6 World Film Report programme as a reporter and international producer. I travel around the world to cover film festivals and interview film producers, directors, actors and actors from different countries. I’m always grateful to my teachers in Swansea who introduced me to the world of Journalism and Media studies. The knowledge and experience I gained in Swansea is crucial to my career now."

Dan Mu

"Every lecturer is very approachable and helpful. You can just go to their office hours and ask for help if you’re stuck on an assignment and they will do everything they can to help you. They’re also very knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, which in turn inspires and motivates students."

Anina Kinzel

"I enjoyed studying English at Swansea University because of everything that it offered me. Every module offered a different insight. The lecturers were friendly, encouraging and most importantly, able to make their modules interesting and enjoyable."

Hannah Marie Prosser


The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme.

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the The Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Media, Communication and Public Relations Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

We know from experience that you should engage with potential employers throughout your time studying BA Cyfryngau a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus (Media and Public Relations) at Swansea University, and our contacts within the industry across Wales and Britain mean that you have the opportunity to meet and discuss your future with some of the UK's leading public relations producers, directors and practitioners.

You'll also come face to face with potential employers in several modules within the Department of Media and Public Relations. This could be in delivering a communications strategy in a competitive pitch to a company director or as you proceed to conduct interviews whilst creating market research or whilst visiting some of Wales’ busiest translation units.

In addition, we offer a work experience module (Module No AHT200). On this module you will spend 10 days work experience with an organisation, charity, business or government organisation in Wales. Ideally you will attend the placement for a day a week throughout the term in order to develop employability skills and a comprehensive understanding of the world of work.

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