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Media and Communications MSc

Course code


Start date


Subject area

Communication and Media Studies

Mode of study

1 year full-time



UK £9,935

International £18,410

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

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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.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

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:

  • 'How is authority established in virtual communities?'
  • 'TV Consumption, Identity and Lifestyle: A study of the Chinese Community in Los Angeles'
  • 'The construction of femininity in Sex and the City'
  • 'Media bias and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'
  • 'Constructing a female cyberspace? A case study of Chinese women and the web'
  • 'Ethnography of a newsroom in Ghana'
  • 'New media and news gathering'

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

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.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a Media/Communications-related subject (Media, Communications, Cultural Studies, Politics) preferably in the field of Sociology

Applicants with other qualifications, or equivalent professional qualifications with considerable relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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EU and International entry requirements

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.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 58% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min 20 in all) 

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 and funding

2022/23 entry


£9,935 full-time


£18,410 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

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.

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Assessment and feedback

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.