Communication and Media Studies
1 year full-time
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How does the media shape culture and society? What role does the media play in people’s lives? Are audiences now producers? Are young people disconnected from traditional politics?
On this course you’ll explore the answers to these questions and many more. You’ll focus on the rapid changes in global media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context. You’ll have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the broadcast, advertising and marketing industries who visit us on campus and through organised field trips.
Maybe your background is in media, sociology or another relevant discipline, or perhaps you are already a professional in the communications or broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically-informed understanding of those industries. On this course you’ll develop the advanced skills and knowledge you need.
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Throughout the course you’ll combine theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies. You will be required to do a dissertation.
Examples of recent student dissertations include:
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.
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The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
Whatever your career goals, this course will help you achieve them. We invite professionals who are working in the media and broadcast industry (advertising and marketing, television documentary and different PR organisations) to come and deliver talks and offer careers advice. You’ll also be invited to attend the department’s academic research seminar programme and organise social events. You’ll benefit from bespoke workshops and lectures to enhance your employability skills, including ‘pitching yourself to employers’. You’ll have the opportunity to go to our drop-in sessions on information literacy to enhance your academic writing skills.
Many of our students go on to advanced academic research or to pursue careers within the media industries. Typical job roles include Press and Communications Office and Head of Information. Past students have worked in developing countries for HGO’s or as technology consultants.
Applicants with other qualifications, or equivalent professional qualifications with considerable relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.
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Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.
You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops and other activities. You’ll be required to keep diaries of media consumption, contribute to online blogs and engage in critical analysis of visual media.
You’ll be taught by academic specialists who draw on their cutting-edge research, publish in the best journals and are often reporting in the news. This means that you’ll have the latest and most up-to-date content and you’ll benefit from plenty of hands-on experience.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
You’ll be assessed through essays, report writing, blog entries and online group work. You’ll also complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.