What is Joint Honours?
A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.
You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.
- You can take work based learning modules, gaining work experience in the media industry, so you'll have experience on your CV and you'll earn credits towards your degree
- Develop skills which could take you into careers in areas like TV researching, advertising, marketing and public relations, postgraduate study or teaching
- Broaden your skills and knowledge by combining Media Studies with another subject, opening up an even wider range of career paths
- Study abroad with your Humanities degree and seize the opportunity if a lifetime.
A joint honours degree is perfect for you if you want to study more than one subject. You can combine Media Studies with one other joint honours course that is offered at our Derby Campus to create your own joint honours degree. The modules you'll study will depend on how you decide to combine the subjects you choose.
You'll develop a high level of media literacy and an understanding of forms of media power and manipulation.
During stage one you will be introduced to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of the media, including theories of language and meaning, audiences, media industries and the historical contextualisation of media forms and institutions and the importance of new forms of digital media.
At stage two you will study modules covering cultural studies approaches to the media and have the option to take modules examining news media, cult media and subcultures and television, gain skills in audience research or gain work experience through work based learning.
In stage three you will have the option to take an Independent Study where you will have the chance to study a research topic of your choice. There will be the opportunity to take work experience based study or take modules exploring communication, media and politics, documentary, media and surveillance or videogames.
Study in America
You can choose to study part of your degree 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.
Who you'll meet
- Dr Nathan Hunt: Media consumption, audience research, cult media and fandom, consumption and magazines, video games adaptations and intertextuality
- Isabel Forrest: Branding and promotions, Creative director and producer BBC TV Advertising, Digital studio and location multi and single camera, Script, Audio production and Marketing Communications
- Teresa Forde: Film and television, science fiction, soundtrack, global media, cultural theory
- Anne Wales: Documentary, media ethics, news media
- Keith Perch: Journalism, digital media and news, press ethics, member of IPSO board, previously editor for Northfield newspapers and MD of Daily Mail digital publishing division.
What you will study
You can study Media Studies as a joint subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.
You will study modules such as:
- Media and Communication: Key Issues
- The Media Industry
- The Digital Word
- Screen Narration
- News Media
- Taste and Subculture: Media Audiences and the Cultural Industries
- TV Boxing Clever: Brand, Identity and Format
- Work Based Learning in the Media and Cultural Indstries
- Regulating the Media
- It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word
- Independent Study
- Screening Surveillance
- Digital Games and Gamification: Technology and Social Practice
- Documentary and Factual Production: Poetics and Praxis
- Global Communication and Politics
You will normally attend 12 hours, ie four modules of three hours length, per week. Theory modules include formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, debates, screenings. Production modules (three hours per week) include hands-on practice with audio and video equipment, research, editing, etc.
The programme incorporates lectures from industry experts from areas such as TV, film, cinema and advertising in a number of modules. Events with industry speakers give you the chance to get information and gain industry contacts. Work based learning opportunities enable you to gain academic credit for real world learning and you have the opportunity to engage in hands-on audience research.
How you're assessed
Critical essays, blogs and wikis, presentations, video essays. There are no exams on this course.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|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|
|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
For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.
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
£1,155 per module
£13,250 per year
Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.
You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience during stage two and three of the course. We have established contacts with a number of independent film companies, local radio stations and newspapers and could help you gain work experience and help further your media career.
Careers talks are arranged each year and former students have gone on to work in TV researching, film and TV production, public relations, marketing, film archiving, radio presenting or production, marketing, advertising and public relations and journalism. Others used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the civil Service, charity management, customer services, further education or teaching.
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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.
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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.
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.