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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

P391

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

If you have set your sights on a career in the dynamic world of media and communications, this exciting, stimulating and innovative degree is the ideal preparation for professional success.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

A broad scope for your studies

While exploring broad aspects of media, cultural and communication studies, you will focus on issues and challenges facing the media industries today - from media ethics and to audience research and digital production.

You will also consider the importance of media awareness, including how emerging forms of digital media are being harnessed in all aspects of economic, social and political life today and how these have impacted on the print and broadcast media industries and their products and uses.

Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of the changing nature of the media industries and media communication - from the role of the print tradition, cinema and broadcasting, to new digital media products such as social networking and video games. You will look at how the film and television industries have developed in different national contexts as well the increasing globalisation of these media institutions and communications networks in terms of political and ideological communication, legislation, regulation and censorship.

There is also a fascinating focus on media audiences, usage and consumption. You will explore popular media culture, examining questions of identity and representation in contemporary media and considering the significance of media in contemporary life.

Hone your practical skills

The aim of this degree is to equip you to work in the media industries, whether within the creative media industries themselves or as a press, PR or communications professional helping organisations to get their messages across.

It provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of media and communication, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

The course features a strand of applied study focused on communication practice. Here you will explore different forms of content production, such as journalism, blog writing, public relations and promotional writing, script or treatment writing and the essentials of visual production and editing.

In years three and four you will have the opportunity to focus on an area of interest to you, working on projects to develop your skills.

Strong industry partnerships

The programme offers modules featuring work-based learning and projects in which you will be expected to work with external institutions, giving you the opportunity to receive academic credit for gaining real-world work experience.

We’ll help you to raise your profile, thanks to our excellent contacts with media and communications professionals across many sectors. Your studies will be enriched by our partnerships with a wide range of organisations such as newspapers, radio stations and independent film companies.

Case studies, guest lectures and work experience opportunities will give you vital insights into the media, creative and cultural communications industries.

Our guest speaker programme offers you invaluable insights into the industry. You will learn from creative directors for multimedia production agencies, fild and television directors and producers, bloggers, marketeers, photographers, branding and social medis experts and artists. 

Pursue your own interests

There is the opportunity to tailor part of your degree to reflect your own career aspirations and personal interests. You will have the option to undertake in-depth research into a topic of your choice. In the past, our Media students have chosen to explore topics such as sport and the media, television and representation, and the significance of video games.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 3ES501

Literature

This module will provide you with the skills of literary criticism required for the analysis of texts. These critical skills will be applied to a variety of literary forms, including poetry, novels, and short stories, from a range of historical periods. The module will also look at drama, including an in-depth study of a Shakespeare play.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3HU502

Study Skills

This module will introduce you to the academic skills needed for study at undergraduate level, and enable you to plan for both your future study and your career. The focus of the module is developing the analytical and critical skills essential to studying humanities and social science subjects at degree level.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3SL501

Sociology

This module provides you with an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of core sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena. It is designed to develop your appreciation of how we evaluate the social world

The module emphasises core sociological theoretical perspectives, which include Marxism, feminism and functionalism. Theoretical perspectives are compared in their application to, and interpretation of, various social phenomena. The module aims to provide you with a basic of understanding of how we evaluate the lived experience and covers a range of topics in relation to the research process including; statistics, data gathering methods and how evidence is presented.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3ED503

Sociology of Education

This module provides an introduction to the study of sociology. It is intended to encourage an understanding of sociological theories, and to foster an awareness of sociological issues and phenomena within an educational and childhood context. The module is delivered primarily through lecturers and assessments take the form of coursework.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3HU501

Philosophy

This module explores the main branches of Analytical Philosophy in order to develop your analytical and critical thinking skills. It considers the importance of Language and Logic. It also highlights the connections between Epistemology and Ontology. It considers branches of Moral and Political Philosophy as well as considering Jurisprudence. It also explores the role of Aesthetics and its impact on society and culture. The module also introduces some of the main ideas associated with the Philosophy of Science and the Philosophy of Religion, and the associated search for ‘truth’.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4MP511

Small Screen, Big Ambition

This module aims to introduce the student to the ideas surrounding Media Production and Content Creation for television. It will look at the ways in which audio and video is captured and edited, and the workflows around studio-based production.

The module will also explore many other necessary skills as part of the production process – Health & Safety, assessing locations, project preparation and many other forms of research.

It provides opportunities to acquire practical experience of relevant technical operations and some theoretical aspects of media recording & editing, as well as fundamental elements of technique for programme production.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MR508

Communication and Creativity

This module will introduce you to critical ways of reading and understanding how creativity and meaning emerges across communication forms in the context of different creative and communications industries.

The module focuses on popular mass media, exploring a range of media and media industries across factual and entertainment media you will obtain a critical and analytical toolbox for understanding media in context, giving you the skills to explore and evaluate media texts and develop knowledge that will enhance your creative practice and ability to communicate.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MR509

Multimedia Podcasting

This module aims to advance you to the fundamental skills essential to create an online multimedia publication based on the subject matter of your choice to expected online industry standards.
20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 4MR510

Write This Way

The module will allow you to explore the craft of writing in the media and communications industry with a focus on entertainment. You will examine the structures and constraints imposed by various media, taking into account audience/readership, style and format, and legal and ethical issues. The module will be practical based, allowing the opportunity to hone writing abilities to a high standard, and giving you an excellent grounding for further study in specialist areas, such as journalism, scriptwriting, corporate communications and new media, including cross platform/multimedia.

This is a practical-based workshop module, which will give you a basic introduction to the art and craft of writing scenes or sequences suitable for media production. You will be introduced to key concepts, methods and techniques that are used to construct written work for media in its various forms. There will be a strong emphasis on dramatic writing which feeds into later media modules in Level 5 and 6.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MP511

Interfacing with the Truth

With the ever-growing ownership of ubiquitous mobile devices, smart TV’s, as well as wearable tech, the potential for creating new methods of communication and media consumption are enormous. This is in terms of how we may access digital based content for both digital and non-digital productions and has begun to challenge the traditional symbiotic relationship between legacy media and their traditional sister web products.

The production element of this module will allow you to be able to explore, create and deliver functional and useable ‘mobile’ based interfaces. In addition to this, students will be creating a magazine-based production that will employ new technologies to directly access associated external digital content e.g. augmented reality.

While researching, designing, and creating the digital artifacts for the project brief(s), you will also begin to contextualise your own practice and begin to be critically aware of both your own and your peers’ productions within a more professional framework.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MR513

From Pitch to Product

This module is designed to help you develop skills in planning and managing creative media and communications projects. Working to industry style briefs set by external organisations you will have the opportunity to work on creative projects such as cross-platform content and/or public relations or advertising content and strategy.

This module will develop your skills and understanding of multi-platform communication and as a content producer in the media and communications industries. It focuses on creative thinking in the design, production and management of a communications project enhancing your communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, planning and organisational skills. The module will give you the essential experience of working for a creative department or agency in conceptualising and creating media content based on client briefs.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5MR514

Researching the Audience

How do we know what audiences do with the media they consume? What do they like and why do they like it? These questions are important both to the academic study of audiences and media consumption and to the media industries that rely on reaching and keeping those audiences. This module will develop your skills and understanding of critical concepts surrounding audiences and practical methods of audience research.

You will gain an understanding of the value of qualitative and quantitative methods of research and the value of this research to critical thinking, creative decisions in media production and to media industries. You will explore the way that audiences have been understood from various critical perspectives, including both academic and popular notions of media ‘effects’.

This critical understanding will be combined with practical methods as you explore the methods of audience research used in Media and Cultural studies such as Uses and Gratifications research and ethnographic research and its various applications such as netnography, autoethnography, participant-observer research and qualitative methods

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MP512

From Premise to Page

In this module students have the opportunity to acquire techniques and methodologies in screenwriting. Screenplays developed in this module may be selected to be produced in the TV3 module at Level 6. Techniques of structuring and developing narrative for the screen are explored and theoretical models are applied to case studies and students’ own work.

The student will work to develop an original short film script to a brief, and suitable for production by media students at Level 6 within the available resources.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR512

Entertainment and Identity

From rock n roll to Star Wars fans, questions of audience identity and audiences attachment to media texts have preoccupied the producers of entertainment. As lifestyle advertising and synergistic media practices have become ever more important to reaching and cementing audiences as consumer groups so questions of taste class and identity have become central to contemporary cultural studies.

You will explore the way that media identities are primarily forms of audience segmentation this module will encourage you to explore the dynamics of taste and culture in the context of the cultural industries. The module will examine the emergence of lifestyle media and the significance of personal identity in the consumption of popular media. You will explore forms of lifestyle media such as magazines and their relationship with other cultural industries, in particular global entertainment industries such as film and television. Case studies will explore fan cultures and the consumption of mainstream and cult fan media and the tensions between the subcultural identities and media consumption.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR515

Work Experience Project

This module is designed to enable you to gain, and reflect upon, experience that contributes to your employability and understanding of working in the media, cultural and creative industries and related careers.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR510

The Working Creative

This module will enable you to develop high-level skills in designing, managing and implementing projects related to the media, cultural and communications industries either as an individual or part of a project team.

The module is founded on principles of real-world learning and you will work with an agreed external agency, charity, organisation or business to design and implement a publicity/ promotions campaign and/or will play a role in taking an unpublished creative project(s), of your own or of others’ design, into the public domain, for example in organising the pitching/promotion and/or distribution of a commercial film or documentary project. It focuses on you pitching, networking and developing a project, utilising skills learned on level 5 to produce an outward facing product.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6MR995

Independent Study

The Independent Study provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research or practice. It develops your research skills and enables you to develop a detailed knowledge of a subject of interest you. The Independent Study enhances your employability through the development of advanced research and writing skills or individual creative practice and the ability to self-manage a substantial research project.

The module enables a choice of assessment methods: You have the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research and scholarship related to the fields of media, film and communication studies, to utilise work experience or placement in a piece of industry-focused academic research, or to engage in independent creative practice in an area such as documentary, video essay.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6FT510

Cyberbodies

The module will provide an analysis of the concept of cyberbodies across a range of science fiction, technothriller and documentary films. The module explores theoretical approaches to the concept of the body and technology in relation to themes such as the cityscape, surveillance, alien invasion and memory construction.

Students will be provided with an introduction to specific terminology and key texts in order to explore concept of cyberbodies as a framework of engaging with examples of science fiction and technothrillers from film and television.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MK515

Public Relations and Social Media

This module will enable you to appreciate and become part of a communications industry that is data-driven and works in real-time. We will allow you to focus on the specialist sector of your choice and nurture your skills to become an opinion former through social media infrastructure with a strategic eye on the media landscape to react, shape and manage your messages.

Of all the media industries in the communications toolkit – PR has been massively changed by the advent of digital and social media. PR practitioners have had to embrace it from the start quite simply because much of social media is done by the public, consequently opinion forming, influencing, managing reputation and crisis are all in the social media spotlight and amplified accordingly.

Recent history shows how social media has changed brand perceptions and has the power to de-rail planned communications campaigns. Apple’s labour relations practices, may not have been blown by social media, but it has kept the story relevant and in our newsfeeds and - in our lives. There has never been such a time for professional communicators to craft statements but also understand and manage reaction from the traditional media, but also an empowered public through blogs, tweets, and posts.

The reality of being a PR practitioner today is to become an effective community manager. Understanding customer service, communications and business strategy whatever sector you may favour. Be it sport to fashion, not-for-profit to public affairs – adapting and responding in ‘super-quick’ time is the way in which we have to shape favourable coverage for individuals, organisations or the public we may represent.

This module will enable you to appreciate and become part of a communications industry that is data-driven and works in real-time. We will allow you to focus on the specialist sector of your choice and nurture your skills to become an opinion former through social media infrastructure with a strategic eye on the media landscape to react, shape and manage your messages.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR509

Represent and Persuade

This module will build your skills and knowledge in the field of factual communication. Through a theory and practice approach you will gain understanding of both the communicative strategies of factual media and skills in constructing media products.

You will examine the rhetorical strategies of the communications industries, exploring language, rhetoric and visual communication. At the same time, through creative practice you will explore effective methods of communicating specific forms of information with audiences. You will also examine their organisational strategies and a key focus of the module will be the increasing integration of these forms of communication with social media platforms.

Exploring documentary, and factual communicative forms such as educational television, and short video and documentary formats such as museum media displays or public information film, you will how media can ‘inform, educate and entertain’. You will also consider the role of ethics in the public sphere and demonstrate the ability to navigate critical questions through both critical research and practice.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6MR511

Ready Player One: Videogames, Technology and Gamification

What is a videogame? Why have they been so successful? This module examines the prominent position of digital games within contemporary media culture from the analysis of games as media texts to the gamification of contemporary media culture. It covers the historical development and emergence of gaming as one of the largest of the contemporary global creative industries and examines the relationship between games, global media, technology and the audiences who consume games.

You will explore games as a creative medium, interactive storytelling.

Attention is also paid to the larger place of gaming technologies within postmodern societies and the relationship between digital gaming and other media forms and platforms such as cinema and advertising and the ‘gamification’ of social media and mobile technologies.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree assessment is 100% coursework based. This incorporates a range of different tasks and modes including essays, document analyses, writing and creative projects, dissertation work, individual and group oral presentations, work-based learning and seminar participation. Some modules will feature choices of assessment, enabling you to tailor your skills and learning to your career plans.

Who you will meet

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts and industry professionals. They include:

Dr Nathan Hunt, Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies.Nathan’s research interests span fandom and cult media, taste and popular culture, Hollywood cinema, science fiction and horror, consumer cultures, magazines and the cultural industries, audiences and reception, video games and game culture, masculinity in the media, and postmodernism in film and television. He has published on themes ranging from cult TV to film fan cultures, contributing most recently to a collection on The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture (Palgrave).

Teresa Forde, Teresa’s research interests include film, television, science fiction, soundtrack, memory, time travel and the posthuman. Teresa has written about television drama, science fiction and soundtrack, including chapters in Cultures of Addiction (Cambria), Science Fiction across the Media: Adaptation/Novelization (Gylphi) and a chapter in Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Intellect). She is currently working on a chapter for a collection on Doctor Who companions and an article on time travel. Teresa is also working on an augmented reality project for a University of Derby conference she is co-organising on Digital Humanities in June 2015.

Isabel Forrest, Isabel has a background in branding and promotions and was a creative director and producer for BBC TV. She has extensive experience in advertising, digital studio and location multi and single camera production, scriptwriting, audio production and marketing communications.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Nathan Hunt

Dr Nathan Hunt
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Film and Media

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at Level 2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

Rewarding career opportunities 

Media graduates work in a wide range of professions including PR, communications, marketing and local government. Some of our former students have gone on to secure roles in TV research, film and TV production, film archiving, radio presenting, radio production and journalism. Others have used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the Civil Service, charity management, customer services, postgraduate study and teaching.

There is notoriously strong competition for jobs in the world of media and communications. At Derby, we maximise your potential for success by offering regular careers talks and enabling you to network widely to build up your contacts within the industry.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service delivers support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you will also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and refine your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University. 

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or 5 with placement year (optional).

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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