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Communication, Media and Culture

BA (Hons) - single BA (Hons), BSc (Hons) - combined

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

What is good communication? How is the cultural environment evolving, and what do these changes mean for all of us living in today’s digitally connected, media-saturated society? What role do communication, media and culture play in the construction of our identity? 
 
Communication and information keep the modern world alive. On this course you will study the forces that shape the media, creative and cultural industries and gain the specialist analytic and creative skills you need to carve out a career in them. Through a combination of theoretical and practical work, you will learn the principles of communication across a range of media and cultural contexts, and develop your own skills as an effective communicator. 

Typical offers

UCAS points: 112

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS code

P900

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Flexibility – The course is structured around the three key themes of communication, media and culture. You will have the flexibility to focus on one theme or engage with all three, according to your interests and career ambitions.  
  • Real-world skills – The world of the 21st century is more connected than ever before. On this course, you will build a portfolio of skills to keep up with the rapidly-evolving nature of these connections, learning how to exchange information, understand audience needs and create personal and business relationships over a variety of communication technologies and media platforms.
  • Integration of theory and practice – You will not just learn how things work, but also why they work that way. An informed understanding of the deep principles behind communication and creative work will help you be ready for the changing challenges of global cultural, political and business environments.
  • An ideal location – Oxford is a media and communications hotspot. It is home to numerous cultural institutions, has a flourishing new media industry, and is one of the world's leading centres for publishing.
Communication, Media and Culture at Oxford Brookes offers a wide range of modules, allowing you to select and explore those aspects of the field that most interest you. The modules that make up the programme are organised around the three key themes of communication, media and culture:

Communication
These modules address aspects of communication theory and practice, including interpersonal, persuasive, linguistic, organisational, institutional, corporate, business, management, marketing, branding, online, and other dimensions of communication.

Media
These modules address aspects of media theory and practice, including questions of audiences, influence, propaganda, consumption, journalism, technologies, media production, video production, web design, publishing, civic engagement and more.

Culture
These modules cultivate a critical understanding of key aspects of contemporary culture, focusing on questions of identity, society, youth, gender, globalisation, popular culture, television and film, music, urban environments, religion, and more.

During your time studying on the course, you can choose to specialise in one or more of these themes, or you can select a range of modules from across all three themes, depending on your interests.

Study modules

All our modules are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework to ensure that they respond to developments in the subject area and the needs of employers. The list below is indicative of the range of modules that are currently available - they are subject to change. If you would like more information, please view our full module list.

Year 1

  • Understanding Communication (compulsory for single and combined honours)
  • Understanding Culture (compulsory for single and combined honours)
  • Understanding Media (compulsory for single honours)
  • Investigating Communication, Media, and Culture (compulsory for single honours)

Years 2 and 3

Communication modules:
  • Analysing English Language
  • Branded Communication
  • Communication, Culture and Organisations (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)
  • Critical Linguistics (single honours only)
  • Design for Online Communication
  • Forensic Linguistics (single honours only)
  • Methodology of Foreign Language Teaching
  • Persuasive Communication (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)
  • Special Topics: Stylistics
  • Subject to Discourse: Language and Literacies (single honours only)
Media modules:
  • Audiences, Users and Producers (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)
  • Children and the Media
  • Citizen Journalism and Civic Engagement
  • Critical Media Literacies
  • Digital Media and Youth Identities
  • Digital Product (single honours only)
  • Film and Media Journalism
  • Making News
  • Publishing in the Digital Age
  • Publishing Media Workflow (single honours only)
  • TV News Production 1
  • TV News Production 2 (single honours only)
Culture modules:
  • Cities and Society
  • Culture, Gender and Sexuality
  • Cultures of Publishing
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language, Culture and Globalisation
  • Popular Music in Society
  • Print and Society (single honours only)
  • Science and Humanity
  • Subject to Culture
  • Writing Technologies
Research modules:
  • Dissertation (compulsory for single honours)
  • Independent Study in CMC
  • Interdisciplinary Dissertation
  • Research Methods (compulsory for single and combined honours)
  • Special Topics in CMC
Communication, Media and Culture can be studied as a single or combined honours degree - see the Combined courses tab below for the full list of possible combinations.

Please note that the following course combinations will not be available for September 2018:
  • Communication, Media and Culture/Publishing Media
  • Communication, Media and Culture/Education Studies
  • Communication, Media and Culture/Philosophy
  • Communication, Media and Culture/Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

Study abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:

  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures
  • boosting your language skills.

While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

Whilst on your year abroad your tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes according to your preference.

You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and any requisite visas. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.

There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the chance to work abroad as part of your studies.

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. In addition we make sure that all our programming modules are taught using free software.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and online methods. 

Throughout the course you will be taught by specialist lecturers with a wide range of interests and expertise, who are internationally recognised for their work and research, and publish in many of the areas you will be investigating. This ensures that you are introduced to the latest debates and developments within the field.  

Approach to assessment

You will be assessed wholly through coursework designed to prepare you for the kind of work expected of a creative media and communication professional, and to explore your own cultural life. 

Alongside more traditional formats such as essays, your coursework will also include portfolios of creative and investigative work, news broadcasts, media and audience research reports, reflective journals, presentations, case studies, blogs, contributions to online forums, group work and more.

Our aim is to ensure that you develop your particular strengths and interests, as well as helping you to develop communication and research skills for the world beyond the University.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250 2018/19: £9,250 (subject to OFFA agreement)

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £750 per single module 2018/19: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890 2018/19: £13,150

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 112

A-level: BBC or equivalent

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

BTEC: DMM

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 BBC equivalent for this course will be 112 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade C or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time applications should be made directly to the university using the university application form.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is a centre for media and communications in both industry and academic terms. This means you will have lots of opportunities to gain experience and engage with experts in media fields.

Oxford is home to: 
  • BBC and Central TV stations
  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • Local commercial radio, such as Jack FM.
  • Numerous large and small publishing houses, such as Oxford University Press, Blackwell, Pearson, Elsevier and Routledge.
  • A thriving local press – both free and commercial.
  • Many local media production, marketing and PR businesses companies.
Oxford attracts speakers of national and international standing at events to which you will gain access to as a Brookes student. Recent examples include the lecture series on press freedom at the Gorbachev Media Centre and the Humanitas lecture series on Rhetoric and the Art of Public Persuasion.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Career prospects

Employers really value graduates who can assimilate information, communicate with clarity and empathy, and work as part of a team. You will develop and refine these skills and also gain the specialist knowledge you need to compete in today’s job market. 

This course will prepare you for a variety of careers such as the new media, branding, marketing and advertising companies, public relations consultancies, journalism, media broadcasting, information and communication agencies, film production, education, publishing, fundraising, the civil and diplomatic service, and international organisations. 

You can also read more about the destinations of some of our recent graduates here.

Further study

Recent graduates have also gone on to postgraduate study in areas ranging from journalism to political communication, and from financial management to gender studies.

Oxford Brookes also offers both an MSc in Digital Media Production and an MA in Digital Publishing.