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Media and Communication Studies Courses


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
number 1 university in the East Midlands for graduate employment


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If you have your sights set on a career in the dynamic world of media and communications, our exciting degrees are the ideal preparation for professional success.

As you develop your Media and Communication skills in areas such as research, narrative, plot building, storytelling and tone of voice, you will also learn how media works, covering aspects including data analysis and marketing so you are able to understand audiences and sell ideas effectively - critical in today’s digital economy. You’ll develop a strong understanding of the media industries and trends in media culture and communication, exploring media texts and platforms, institutions and new emerging media, which will make you a knowledgeable and employable Media and Communication studies graduate.

“Media Studies helped me to pinpoint which areas were of most interest to me”

Nikki Aaron

“I’m a news anchor and produce and present my own travel/culture show. The channel, CNC World, is broadcast globally. I moved to China within weeks of my graduation ceremony at the beginning of 2007. What I had originally intended on being a ‘year out’ turned into a never-ending Eastern expedition.

“I knew I wanted to work in the media industry, but was unsure which route to follow. The Media Studies course enabled me to gain a better understanding of all areas - print, broadcast and new media; this helped me to pinpoint which areas were of most interest to me.

“Without a doubt I would say that my years at the University of Derby were the best years of my life. I think that being a student is all about self-discovery, and figuring out the type of person you want to be.”

This is Media and Communication Studies

  • Benefit from our strong links with employers, such as independent film producers, radio stations and newspapers which can help you gain vital media work experience
  • Build a combination of practical and transferable skills, creative thinking and academic knowledge so that you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market
  • You can choose to spend a semester of your second year Media and Communication Studies course studying at one of our partner universities in the USA, or take part in the Erasmus scheme and spend up to a year studying in a partner EU university
  • You will be taught by Media and Communication experts who have many years of first-hand experience in the media industry and published academic research.

What our Media and Communication Studies graduates do

Our media and communications degrees are designed to give you the best start in your career. You’ll be equipped to work in the creative media industries or as a press, PR or communications professional.

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • TV research
  • advertising
  • marketing
  • postgraduate study
  • communications
  • media management
  • teaching.