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Media and Communications BSc

Course code


P301, P302 with placement

Start date


Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement



UK £9,250

International £21,260

Entry requirements


ABB - BBC (A-level)


29 (IB)

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Our media and communications degrees provide you with a critical understanding of the media in today’s world. We have a particular focus on the social and cultural dimensions of media while providing you with industry-standard training in media production skills. With free access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, you will gain a foundation in areas such as photography, audio-visual production, and video editing in our dedicated edit suites. You’ll learn how this competitive industry works from a variety of perspectives while debating the latest challenges for media and society, from free speech to the disruptive or connective powers of social media and the metaverse.

Throughout your course, you’ll have access to mentoring and placement opportunities, while benefiting from our formal partnership with the British Film Institute, involving a series of careers masterclasses and media industry-ready training. We arrange partnerships with employers and ensure that you have access to a wide range of placement opportunities throughout your course; current partners include Creative UK and CallTime Foundations. On the three-year version of our degree you will have the option to undertake short-term work placements during your course or via the Brunel Summer Internship Programme, but if you would prefer a more substantial placement, you can apply for our four-year Media and Communications (with Placement) programmes instead.

The mix of practical media production skills and theory provides you with a wide range of career options when you graduate. Our alumni are working at prestigious international media organisations like Disney, ITV and Sky in roles such as TV production managers, digital marketing, and public relations. Three years after graduation, over 93% of our students are in employment or further study, compared to the sector median of 84.7%, and our media graduates earn on average £3,000 more per year than the sector mean (Discover Uni, 2023).

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Course content

Throughout your degree you’ll be encouraged to link together theoretical and practical parts of the course as you engage in a broad-ranging study of contemporary media. From Year 2 you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest to you. In your final year you can choose between a written dissertation or producing a multimedia project of your choice with a written element. 

This course can be studied 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with placement, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

Many of our students choose to pursue a career in marketing, events, production co-ordination, research and buying in the media industries, or PR and journalism. There are several opportunities throughout the course to develop contacts with media industry professionals and to undertake work placements in your chosen field, along with building the modern transferable skills that are attractive to a range of employers. Three years after graduation, over 93% of our students are in employment or further study, compared to the sector median of 84.7%, and our media graduates earn on average £3,000 more per year than the sector mean (Discover Uni, 2023). 

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UK entry requirements

2024/25 entry

  • GCE A-level ABB-BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM with an A-Level at grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D with A-Levels grade BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma  with 45 credits at Level.
  • T levels : Merit overall

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

Brunel University London is committed to raising the aspirations of our applicants and students. We will fully review your UCAS application and, where we’re able to offer a place, this will be personalised to you based on your application and education journey.

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.

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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 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

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

2024/25 entry


£9,250 full-time

£1,385 placement year


£21,260 full-time

£1,385 placement year

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

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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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.

A selection of some of the work our students have produced on the course can be viewed here

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