Full-time: 3 years
£9,250 per year* (2020/21)
112 (September 2020 entry)
Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus
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.
- 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
- Benefit from our strong links with employers, such as independent film producers, radio stations and newspapers which can help you gain vital work experience
- Enjoy real-world learning opportunities throughout the course with hands-on projects in publishing, journalism and writing for the web, print media or the screen
- Learn from a highly experienced team of subject experts and industry professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you
- Challenge your thinking with new ideas and perspectives
- Choose to study part of your degree in the United States, where you can immerse yourself in American life, experience a different academic culture and acquire a new set of skills
- Build a combination of practical and transferable skills, creative thinking and academic knowledge so that you stand out from the crowd in a fiercely competitive job market
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.
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 to audience research.
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
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 two and three you will have the opportunity to focus on an area of interest to you, working on projects to develop your skills.
Strong industry partnerships and high-profile guest speakers
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, film and television directors and producers, bloggers, marketeers, photographers, branding and social media 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.
Study in America
You can choose to study abroad - for a single term or a full year - to enhance your study experience, boost your confidence and increase your global awareness. It will also improve your career prospects by showcasing your versatility, maturity and global outlook to a potential employer.
You will study at one of our partner universities in America:
- Eastern Michigan University
- Keene State College in New Hampshire
- Longwood University in Virginia
- Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
You will study modules such as:
- From Pitch to Product
- Researching the Audience
- Entertainment and Identity
- Work Experience Project
- From Premise to Page
- Interfacing with the Truth
- Independent Study
- PR and Social Media
- Represent and Persuade
- The Working Creative
- Ready Player One: Digital Games, Narrative, Technology and Gamification
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.
Teaching and learning
You will learn through formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, workshops, debates and screenings. You will also benefit from many real-world learning opportunities throughout the course in areas such as publishing, journalism and web writing.
Assessment is 100% coursework based. This incorporates a range of different tasks including essays, document analyses, writing and creative projects and digital production, 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.
Supporting you all the way
In the National Student Survey, our students have been particularly positive not only about the quality of teaching on offer but also about the academic support they receive. You'll have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree.
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, Programme Leader for Film and Television Studies (Joint Honours). 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.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|Requirement||What we're looking for|
|UCAS points||112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level|
No specific subject requirements
|Specific requirements at GCSE||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - DMM
- Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6
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.
£9,250 per year*
* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
Additional costs and optional extras
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
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.
Included in your fees
- Access to technical resources such as cameras, editing, web design software is all included in the fees for the course
- All compulsory reading materials will be available from the library, and wherever possible will be made available in digital form
- All compulsory study and induction trips are included in the fees
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Access to a smartphone or tablet with a camera would be useful
- Advice on these will be given in specific modules. SD cards are cheaply available and large capacity hard-drives are available for less than £200
- Purchase of an external hard-drive with good transfer speeds (USB 3) suitable for video editing would be recommended
- Students will likely be required to purchase SD cards (class 10 suitable for digital cameras) for use in digital camera equipment in some practice based modules
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Students may wish to consider the purchase of their own tablets and or laptops for study and practice work. This is not compulsory and advice will be available from module tutors
- Optional Work Based Learning modules require students to engage in work experience for academic credit. Depending on the work experience obtained this may incur travel and accommodation costs that will need to be met by the student
- Some non-compulsory trips require a contribution to the costs of the trip. For example a regular trip to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Experience. This is heavily subsidised and the approx. cost to you is £10
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.