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Communication and Media Studies (with Placement Year)

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1578 Points
4 Years
Apply date
Jun 2023
Start date
Sep 2023

Program Description

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.

The placement year costs £1,385.

Entry Requirements

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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 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.


Teaching and Learning

You’ll benefit from group seminars and personal tutorials allowing you to learn in smaller groups and in one-to-one discussion. All ideas are freely expressed leading to lively class debates.

You’ll be taught by academic specialists who draw on their cutting-edge research, publish in the best journals and are often reporting in the news. This means that you’ll have the latest and most up-to-date content and you’ll benefit from plenty of hands-on experience.



Year 1

Making Sense of Culture and Society (Issues I)

Researching Culture and Society

Becoming an Independent Learner: Culture and Society (Skills I)

Me, You or Us? Analysing Identity and Power (Issues II)

Exploring Identity and Power

Becoming a Critical Scholar: Identity and Power (Skills II)

Key Ideas in Media

Media Production I: Non-Fiction

Year 2

Research in Practice

Global Communication

Social Media and Networked Cultures

Media Production II: Fiction

Placement Year

Placement Year

Year 4

Communication and Media Studies Dissertation (Practice)

Communication and Media Studies Dissertation


Many of our students choose to pursue a career in:

  • marketing
  • events and production co-ordination
  • research and buying in the media industries
  • PR
  • journalism

You may choose to pursue a career in research and production for a video or television company. With the transferable skills gained on this course, there will be a variety of careers available to you.


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