BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Communication and Media Studies

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

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.

Programme description

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.

Key Modules

 

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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)

Compulsory

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

Optional

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)

Compulsory

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

Optional

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.

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Employability

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

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.

Module & Subject

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)

Compulsory

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

Optional

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)

Compulsory

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

Optional

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
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  16200.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER