Undergraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2024/25)

UCAS points

112 (September 2024 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

On this Joint Honours degree, you’ll cover the breadth of media including film and television, news media, and digital and social media. Your studies will be intertwined with learning key business and management topics as well as growth areas in business ethics, digital media and innovation, and globalisation. Through both areas of study, you’ll gain a host of transferable skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research and communication, setting you up for a career in the media industry.

Real-world experience

There are plenty of opportunities for you to gain real-world experience alongside your studies. You'll have the option of a placement year between your second and third year which will boost your CV and give you the opportunity to make your own professional contacts. Industry-set projects will give you an insight into current issues and projects in the industry. There’ll also be field trips in the UK, Europe and Overseas. 

Top 20for Media and Film StudiesThe Guardian University Guide 2024
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A student presenting work on marketing to a group of peers


You’ll have access to a range of facilities during your studies where you’ll gain hands-on experience setting you up for a career in the industry. Areas include a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, radio studios, Mac suites and access to Adobe Creative Suite. 

Our new Business School will be opening in 2024/25 and is set to be a focal point for Derby’s business community. You’ll study alongside start-ups and small businesses, giving you the opportunity to network, learn from and inspire local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Professionally accredited

The Chartered Management Institute has independently assessed this course in meeting its own high standards. The CMI is a UK professional body dedicated to promoting excellence in management and leadership. CMI accreditation is, therefore, a sign of a high-quality degree.   

Students receive this accreditation if they pass the Business Management modules in their first year and select and pass required modules in their second year. 

Choose your pathway

Studying a Media and Business Management Joint Honours degree allows you to choose whether you major in one subject or study them both equally.    

You begin this degree by studying both subjects equally in your first year. By the end of your first year, you will then decide whether you would like to major or minor in a chosen subject or continue to study them both equally.  

In this pathways, Media is the major subject and Business Management is the minor subject.

In this pathway, you study Media and Business Management equally.

In this pathway, you study Business Management and Media equally.

In this pathway, Business Management is the major subject and Media is the minor subject.

What is a Joint Honours degree?

A Joint Honours degree offers students the opportunity to study two subjects.

A Joint Honours degree is a great option if:

What you will study

For Media, you'll study modules such as:

  • Newswriting
  • Audio Podcasting
  • Communication and Creative
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Interfacing with the Truth
  • Script Writing for Film and Screen
  • Public Relations and Media Management
  • Media Communication Portfolio
  • Independent Study
  • Ready Player 1: Technology, Games and Gamification
  • Represent and Persuade

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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Undergraduate Open Days

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Our teaching methods are varied and include: 

How you are assessed

Your lecturers will take a flexible and varied approach to assessment in keeping with the interdisciplinary subject. For your media modules, you’ll be assessed entirely by coursework through practise-based work such as articles and videos along with opportunities for more applied work, such as work-based learning and audience research.

For your business management modules, you’ll be assessed via individual tasks as well as group projects. Assignments could include:

Who will teach you

You will be taught by our team of engaging, passionate and inspiring subject experts. 

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu sitting at a desk

Dr Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu
Associate Professor/Head of Discipline - Journalism

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu is an Associate Professor and Head of Discipline in Journalism at the University of Derby. Her research focuses on diversity, inclusion and race in journalism practice and representation, radio, diaspora, and ethnic media.

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Rob Moon

Rob Moon
Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Rob Moon is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Rob was a design engineer with over 20 years’ experience within the global manufacturing industry, and has lectured extensively in Southern Africa, Europe and Bangladesh. Current research focusses on embedding work-related learning in the curriculum.

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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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Entry requirements

2024 entry

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
Access to HEN/A

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

Fees and funding



£9,250 per year



£14,900 per year


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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

UK students

If you are in Year 13 and applying for a full-time undergraduate course (including our joint honours courses), we recommend that you apply through UCAS.

Apply through UCAS

If you are applying to study part-time, or already have your qualifications, or wish to join at Year 2 or 3, you should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University


You’ll graduate with skills and knowledge in your subject as well as transferable skills relevant for any industry. You’ll also gain an extra professional qualification (the CMI Diploma) and a host of real-world experience.

Job roles leading on from your degree could include: 

Careers and Employment Service

Our Careers and Employment Service can help you boost your employment skills by connecting you with employers for work placements, part-time jobs, and volunteering. They can also offer guidance on career options, CV writing, or starting your own business. 

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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 provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees

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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