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Communication and Media Studies BSc

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Study mode

3-year full-time; 4-year thick-sandwich

UCAS code

PP93, PP94 with professional development

Start date


Study location

Brunel University London campus

Entry criteria

BBC (A-level)

Placement Offered This course has a professional development option


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About the course

Despite being a central part to our existence, we tend to take for granted and to underestimate or even ignore the social and cultural impact of media communications in today's world.

As a student on this course you will learn, both theoretically and practically, how the communication and information media actually work and what their importance to our society is.

This course enjoys a very close relationship with Sociology at Brunel, and particular attention is paid to the social and cultural dimensions of the media, and especially to the social and cultural consequences of the new technologies of communication and information.

The focus of study is upon all aspects of society: its personal, social and cultural dimensions.

We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: contemporary social structures and social change; the role of technology and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies.

All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.


  • You will gain a mature, critical and sociologically-informed understanding of the place of the media in today’s society, with a particular focus on the new communication and information technologies.
  • Throughout the degree you will be encouraged to link together the theoretical and practical parts of the course as you engage in a broad-ranging sociological study of the contemporary media.
  • You will have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest to you, for example in the impact of the Internet and of other information and communications technologies, social media, media policy and regulation.
  • The course also offers you the ability to gain experience in video editing and production.


Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise increasingly in your particular disciplines.

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1 (year one)

  • Making Sense of Culture and Society
  • Researching Culture and Society
  • Exploring Identity and Power
  • Key Ideas in Media
  • Media Production I: Non-Fiction

Level 2 (year two)


  • Media Production II: Fiction
  • Research in Practice
  • Social Media and Networked Cultures
  • Global Communication


Choose 2 from the following:

  • Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
  • Bodies and Society
  • Visual Cultures
  • Media Genres
  • Apocalypse! Crisis and Society

Level 3 (year three)


Communication and Media Studies Dissertation or Communication and Media Studies Dissertation (Practice)


Choose 4 from the following:

Digital Cultures

Racism, Identity and Difference

Comedy, the Media and Society

Changing Audiences

Beyond Human

Global Cities: Spaces and Culture


Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Students will acquire knowledge in understanding traditional and new information and communications technologies and processes. Students will develop a set of transferable skills that are useful in the workplace across a wide range of careers. Rigorous training is provided in methodologies and research skills.

Careers and your future

You can enter a wide variety of careers ranging from public relations and corporate communications to research and production work for video and television companies.

Although you will have plenty of practical experience in information technology and video production, this course is not designed to offer vocational qualifications in either information technology or film and television production.

Recent graduates now work in events and production co-ordination, research and buying in the media industries.

Work placements

Students on our four year sandwich course (with Professional Development) have the opportunity to gain professional work experience in a variety of settings. We offer high-quality work placements and students benefit from our links with external organisations. Past placements have included work in TV, film and video production, advertising, the music business, local radio and public relations.

The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.

Placement leavers from Communications and Media experienced the following outcomes:

  • 92.3 per cent progressed into employment or further study.
  • 58.3 per cent were engaged in a graduate-level activity (employment or further study).
  • 58.3 per cent of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment.
  • The average starting salary was £18,000.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level BBC (all subjects considered).

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade B.

  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade BC.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merits in all units.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

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.

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 at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Our approach

We pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and grounded teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process.

We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.

Staff expertise

All members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date.

How will I be taught?

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and small group projects.

Lectures – Most modules involve one or two hours of lectures a week. These provide a broad overview of key concepts and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.

Seminars – These relatively small groups are used to discuss the content of lectures as well as issues arising from the modules. Seminars are often student-led. You can use seminars to clarify your own ideas in an atmosphere of discussion and debate.

Laboratory/research work – All students take part in practical modules. Video production modules are taught throughout the programme. In addition, you will study social research methods, which include observation, interviewing, questionnaire design and more specific research techniques.

One-to-one – You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a tutor who is available to discuss academic (and personal) issues.

If you go on work placement, you will also be allocated a tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.

Lecturers are usually available to answer particular queries outside of scheduled hours – either in one-to-one tutorials or by email.

Assessment and feedback

Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you must pass this level to continue with your course. Level 2 is worth a third and Level 3 is worth the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks.

Methods of assessment vary and depend on which modules you select. Some courses are assessed on coursework only, some by (seen or unseen) examination only, and some by a combination of the two.

Special features

  • This broad-based degree combines the theoretical elements of Sociology with the practical elements of Media Studies
  • Our state-of-the-art media services suite has industry-standard facilities so you develop the skills needed by media employers
  • Students have gained industrial placements at media companies including Deluxe Entertainment and the Disney Channel
  • We have an international reputation for research and excellence in teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as television and media audiences, the public sphere, media discourse, globalisation and social transformation, the sociology of leisure and urban spaces, the politics of popular culture, health and the politics of protest, multiculturalism, race and ethnicity.
  • Our courses are multi-disciplinary and flexible – you will have the option to take modules in other social sciences subjects.
  • Professional work placements are integral to the four-year course and allow you to develop invaluable skills in a variety of organisations.
  • Communications and Media Studies students have access to video production equipment and training, a number of industry-standard AVID video editing suites and ample IT facilities.
  • Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including ethnographic fieldwork. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, video production, psychophysics and the use of information technology.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time; £1,000 placement year

International students: £16,850 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.