On this course I had to script my own reviews, film, present and edit at speed. I’m now at MTV UK still using those skills I learnt at Christ Church.

Amie

Overview

If you use Instagram or Snapchat, if you play computer games or the latest music, if you binge on Netflix, or if you want to be a vlogger, then Media and Communications is the degree for you.

We’ll help you design webpages, write copy and explore and apply techniques of advertising and public relations. We’ll show you how the media is regulated and how it works, as well as aiding you to reach as wide an audience as possible.

As the media and communication industries continue to grow there will be many opportunities to find a career within them.

Why Study Media and Communications?

The world of media and communications is fast-moving and fascinating. Take social media, for example, where companies are using and selling personal data and world leaders are sharing their views on foreign policy.

On this course you'll get right under the skin of media and communications, and you'll be able to choose areas of study that most interest you. From publishing, advertising and branding to social media and creative digital production, you'll gain a solid skills set that will give you the confidence to forge a career in this exciting industry.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

More information about entry requirements.

88-112
UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll be able to apply yourself to many different aspects of media and communications and you'll be working on live briefs, responding to real life challenges in the industry.

You'll spend time creating media content, such as advertising and public-relations campaigns, blogs and digital design pieces, including short films and apps.

To develop your analytical and research skills, you'll learn techniques relating to questionnaire surveys, focus groups and interviews and you'll explore the meanings of advertisements, texts or films, and how media organisations work.

Working both independently and as part of a team, you'll develop the management, project planning and team-working skills that are essential for any future role in the industry.

 

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and through independent study.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week in Years 1 and 2 and fewer in Year 3 when there is more independent and self-directed study. Your actual contact hours will depend on the option modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups and IT sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in larger-group lectures. In addition, you'll be able to arrange tutorials with teaching staff and your personal academic tutor. 

In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to develop a media project abroad, and to work on live briefs.

In Year 3, you will undertake a 100 hour work placement with an external organisation. You will also complete an individual research project.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for assignments, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. They will have office hours so you can arrange tutorials to discuss any aspects of the module.

For the individual research project in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

You will have approximately 12 contact hours per week in Years 1 and 2, depending on the modules that you select. You will also undertake up to 24 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week. 

The team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.

Most of our team members hold doctoral qualifications and all of them hold teaching qualifications. They are experienced, research-active lecturers who deliver research-informed teaching and have links with industry professionals. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars, and they are available for tutorials and to offer further support.

National Student Survey 2020

of our Media and Communications students were satisfied with the teaching quality of the course.

How you’ll be assessed

Each module has one or two formal, or ‘summative,’ assessments. Assessment methods include coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, individual and group projects, creative work, reflective pieces on practical projects, work-based case study and your final year research project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Assessment procedures take account of not only your newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply knowledge and skills in situations relevant to the workplace.

The course also provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Modules normally contain a piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. They are designed to help you improve your work before you submit it.

Your future career

Our graduates have gone on to work in local and national media, journalism, PR agencies, events promotion, advertising, media planning, media relations, media sales, the music press, online publishing, press and publicity offices, corporate communications, external relations, graduate management, and market research. Some of our graduates have continued projects that were developed as part of the degree. You will be well placed for further study to undertake Masters or Doctoral degrees or teacher training.

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our Media and Communications students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

Course UCAS Code Placement Year
Advertising NP54 P3N5
American Studies TP73 -
Business Management PN31 N1P6
Creative Writing WP83 -
Dance WP54 -
Digital Media GP43 -
Education Studies XP33 -
English Literature PQ33 -
Film, Radio and Television W6P3 -
International Relations LP2J -
Politics LP2H -
Psychology CP83 -
Religion, Philosophy and Ethics P309 -
Sociology LP33 -
Theology VP63 -

Combined Honours explained.

Fees

The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

P300

Location(s):

Canterbury
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