Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of individual, group and organisational communication and identity that will enhance and directly influence the way you approach your media interests.
Fascinating new forms of politics, economics, and creative enterprises are rapidly challenging many core assumptions about human communication and identity. The possession and transfer of knowledge now lies at the heart of daily life and it's more important than ever to understand various aspects of communication.
This course will help develop your understanding of the rapidly changing and dynamic media field. The course balances theoretical insights with practical aspects of media and communication.
You'll develop advanced skills in the critical analysis of media texts, audiences and institutions. You'll look at the communication between individuals, groups, organisations, humanity and nature, and the evolving media through which communication takes place. You'll explore media cultures from social networking and lifestyle magazines to anti-globalisation movements and computer gaming.
Study this course full-time or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.
How you're taught
How will I learn?
Each year you'll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you'll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.
Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.
If you're struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.
It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.
You'll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.
You'll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.
- Year 1 coursework (70%) and written (30%)
- Year 2 coursework (100%)
- Year 3 coursework (95%) and practical (5%)
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
- Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (77%) and placements (2%)
- Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%), independent study (79%)
Careers and employability
Your career development
Because you'll develop such a wide range of skills and knowledge, your career options are really broad. In addition to the course content, you'll develop key transferable skills including written and oral communication, critical analysis and a variety of IT skills. Plus you'll become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.
Graduates have gone on to forge successful careers both within large, well known organisations and the small to medium sized companies that constitute much of the UK economy. Recent graduate roles have included law, publishing, marketing, PR, retail and finance.
Recent Media graduates have also gone on to work in graduate-level positions with:
- the BBC;
- Brit Asia TV;
- Channel 5; and
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.