The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and Media

Why choose this course?

This course gives students the opportunity to study and evaluate the major theoretical approaches to Politics and Media and apply these to case-studies and to explore them through independent study or professional practice links in year 3. Communication is essential to any political activity and this dates at least from the importance of oration in classical Greece; however with the rise of `spin’, the globalisation of the media and the emergence of new forms the contemporary connections between these two disciplines are more significant than ever.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:


Year 1

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4MZ001 Media, Culture and Society (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4MZ010 Media, Politics and Power (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4HU002 Popular Culture or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education (20 Credits)

Year 2

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5MZ004 Media, Communication and Ethics (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5MZ014 Analysing Media Texts (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5HU001 The Enlightenment or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

5MZ021 Popular Media Forms or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

Year 3

6MZ012 Global Media/Global Culture (20 Credits)

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

6MZ005 Persuasion and Influence (20 Credits)

6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6MZ002 Independent Study - Written Project: Media, Communications, Cultural Studies, Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations or 6MZ006 Work Placement or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SL013 The Global World or 6MZ019 Media Activism or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language (20 Credits)

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East or 6MZ016 Media, Consumerism and the Body (20 Credits)

Why Wolverhampton?

The staff in the Politics and Media teams are active researchers whose research underpins the modules which they teach. Students will be kept up-to-date in the most recent developments in the disciplines.

The School of Social, Historical and Political studies, in which these subjects are based, has a strong tradition of student support and guidance, including the opportunity of `one-to-one’ study skills tuition and accessible academic counselling

What our students think

Career path

Students in these subject areas often go on to postgraduate study in cognate areas and common areas of employment are local government, business administration, media and media-production related positions.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you, will be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate research methodologies within the fields of Politics and Media and Communication Studies
  2. Analyse Media and Communication texts and Politics texts within appropriate theoretical frameworks
  3. Appreciate the development of media, communication and cultural forms in a local, regional, national, international or global context
  4. Understand the debate concerning the relationship between media and politics in terms of democracy, citizenship
  5. Use their understanding of these disciplines to reflect upon their roles and responsibilities as citizens
  6. Demonstrate a high level of digital competence

Entry requirements

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £12,000

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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