Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4-6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

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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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.

Course description

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.

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You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:

Who you'll meet

What you will study

You can study Media and Communication as either a joint, major or minor 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 Meaning: Stories, messages and genres
  • Transmedia stories and the post-digital world
  • The Media Industries
  • Researching the Audience
  • From Pitch to Product
  • Represent and Persuade: Factual Media in the Digital Age
  • TV in Transition 
  • Entertainment and Identity
  • Work Experience Project
  • Media and Communication Portfolio 
  • Independent Study
  • Children’s Digital Media: Communicating with the Future Generation
  • Ready Player One: Digital Games, Stories 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.

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Find out more about Media and Communication

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How you will learn

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.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 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

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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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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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.

Nathan Hunt

Dr Nathan Hunt
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Film and Media

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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.

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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.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not 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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