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Media and Communications (Media Practice) MSc

Location

Brunel University London campus

Start date

September

Subject area

Communication and Media Studies

Mode of study

1 year full-time full-time

2 years full-time part-time

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Overview

This multi-faceted course examines the development of structures of power, control and ownership of the media, and how media can be mobilised in activism, resistance and in social justice movements. Drawing on leading international academics and media professionals from across London, Communication and Media Studies at Brunel University London can be studied through two pathways, a theoretical pathway or a media practice pathway.

Our academics and media professionals will offer you the latest knowledge and draw on cutting edge debates to analyse how the media shapes culture and society, how digital media shapes social and power relations, and how media can be used for social activism.

On the media practice pathway, students develop a detailed and meaningful understanding of a full range of media production, including audio and video recording, journalistic storytelling, and interactive digital media creation. Students also have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the broadcast, advertising and marketing industries and to take part in course‑related field trips.

The course is designed to meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines and is also perfectly suited for professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries. The courses offer a distinctive focus on media activism and politics.

The degree offers the opportunity to study London’s media industry including a mixture of industry visits, guest lectures, mentoring and practical skills development to accommodate different student needs, with a strong emphasis on student engagement with entrepreneurship and professional development. Our graduates typically progress to further advanced academic research or pursue careers in the media industries. Destinations will include independent media production companies, public and private institutions (BBC, Channel 4, ITV) and an increasing number of media activist organisations.

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

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Course content

This course offers a global and interdisciplinary approach to how contemporary digital media technologies shape cultures and societies. Drawing on critical media studies, digital media and media production it challenges assumptions about the media’s impact on individuals, institutions and power relations in social and political contexts.

The practice pathway presents digital media production as a means of social and political engagement, as well as entertainment.

Throughout the course you can combine practical, 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 on any aspect of Media and Communications study. Typical modules on the programme include Media Production as Activism, Digital Media Career Development and Media as Power (see below for more modules).

This course can be studied 1 year full-time full-time or 2 years full-time part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

The Media and Communications (Media Practice) MSc is perfect if you’re interested in a career in the media or creative industries. You will gain the theoretical and practical skills you need for the fast‑paced media environment, network with media practitioners and gain an in-depth overview of both media and society. Career opportunities for our graduates typically include further advanced academic research or pursue careers in the media industries such as Disney Channel, the BBC and Sky.

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 benefit from bespoke workshops and lectures to enhance your employability skills, including media and communications careers advise and help on pitching yourself to employers.

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 Officer 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.

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

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. Teaching focuses on the rapid changes in global media and communications and the social and cultural consequences in an international context.

You’ll be taught by academic specialists who draw on their cutting-edge research, publish in internationally renowned journals and often discuss their research in news media. You’ll be taught by an enthusiastic team of leading international academics who are doing active, cutting‑edge research and media production. Academics in the department actively incorporate their latest research projects in their teaching thereby offering you the latest insights and knowledge in their fields. This means that you’ll have the most up-to-date content, and you’ll benefit from plenty of hands-on experience. You’ll have the opportunity to go to our drop-in sessions on information literacy to enhance your academic writing skills. You’ll also be invited to attend the department’s academic research seminar programme and social events.

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 have the opportunity for your media practice to be assessed alongside traditional academic essay writing. Assessments can include contribute to online blogs and engage in critical analysis of visual media. You’ll be assessed through essays, report writing, blog entries and group work. You’ll also complete a multi-media dissertation.

Under supervision, students will build up a portfolio of practical work to use as a calling card in the world of freelance employment, as well as in more structured career paths. The design of these portfolios will be informed by the industry contacts students engage with on the course and will help graduates to be well-equipped to undertake a number of positions in the media.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.

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