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BSc in Communication and Media Studies

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 27,202

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
What is the social and cultural impact of media communications in today’s world? How do communication and information media actually work and what are their importance to our society?
  • This course enjoys a very close relationship with sociology at Brunel and combines the theoretical elements of sociology with the practical elements of media studies. You’ll focus on all aspects of society: its personal, social and cultural dimensions.
  • Studying communications and media at Brunel is not just limited to the classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your mind by going on field trips and joining film sessions, where you’ll learn about cameras lighting and editing. You’ll be able to attend optional company visits, for example IMG studios, where you’ll receive a tour of the studios.
  • On this course you’ll have the chance to make your own films in groups. You’ll develop your skills in our media services suite which has industry-standard facilities. You’ll be taught about the software Final Cut Pro and how to use different types of Canon cameras. You’ll experiment with different lighting styles and practise sound editing techniques. This practical work will equip you with the skills you’ll need for a media related career or for working in the field of production.
  • You’ll also be able to take your learning outside the classroom – on field trips and company visits. Previous students have toured the IMG studious right here in Uxbridge.
  • If you choose to go on a placement, you’ll benefit form Brunel’s contacts and location. Examples of recent student placements have been in advertising, digital marketing and public relations in organisations such as Cartoon Network, IMG Media, Sweet Images and the Walt Disney Company.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM with an A-Level at grade B.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • Throughout your degree you’ll be encouraged to link together theoretical and practical parts of the course as you engage in a broad-ranging sociological study of the 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 and producing a short film 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

  • SO1700 - Making Sense of Culture and Society (Issues I)
  • SO1701 - Researching Culture and Society
  • SO1702 - Becoming an Independent Learner: Culture and Society (Skills I)
  • SO1703 - Me, You or Us? Analysing Identity and Power (Issues II)
  • SO1704 - Exploring Identity and Power
  • SO1705 - Becoming a Critical Scholar: Identity and Power (Skills II)
  • CO1601 - Key Ideas in Media
  • CO1600 - Media Production I: Non-Fiction

Year 2

  • CO2028 - Research in Practice
  • CO2030 - Global Communication
  • CO2602 - Social Media and Networked Cultures
  • CO2601 - Media Production II: Fiction


  • SO2604 - Visual Cultures
  • CO2603 - Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
  • SO2605 - Apocalypse! Crisis and Society
  • SO2606 - Bodies and Society

Year 3

  • CO3601 - Communication and Media Studies Dissertation (Practice)
  • CO3604 - Communication and Media Studies Dissertation


  • CO3602 - Comedy, the Media and Society
  • CO3603 - Changing Audiences
  • SO3610 - Racism, Identity and Difference
  • SO3603 - Beyond Human
  • SO3604 - Global Cities: Spaces and Culture
  • SO3612 - Gender Sexuality and Feminis
  • UK
  • £9,250 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. 
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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