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Communication, Media and Culture

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

P900

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Location

Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


On our Communication, Media and Culture degree you'll study the media and creative and cultural industries - examining areas like audiences, industry practices and how they connect to our wider culture.  

The course is structured around the three key themes of communication, media and culture. You can focus on one theme, or on all three, according to your interests and career ambitions.

Our teaching staff use a mix of theoretical and practical work. You'll learn the principles of communication across a range of media and cultural contexts. And you'll gain the key analytic and creative skills for your future career.

You'll build a portfolio of skills to keep up with the changing nature of the industry. And learn how to:

  • exchange information
  • understand audience needs
  • create personal and business relationships over a variety of communication technologies and media platforms.

Oxford has many cultural institutions, and a flourishing new media industry. It is also home to world-leading broadcast, publishing and PR organisations.

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Combine this course


You can study this course as part of a combined honours degree. This course can be combined with:

How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade 4 or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

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

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate 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.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time
£14,300

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Sept 20)

International / EU full time
£14,300

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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 below.

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.

Learning and assessment


Communication, Media and Culture at Oxford Brookes offers a wide range of modules, allowing you to select what most interests you.

Communication

These modules explore communication theory and practice, including:

  • interpersonal
  • persuasive
  • linguistic
  • organisational
  • institutional
  • corporate
  • business
  • management
  • marketing
  • branding
  • online and more.

Media

You’ll explore 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

You’ll understand key aspects of contemporary culture, including:

  • focusing on questions of identity
  • society
  • youth
  • gender
  • globalisation
  • popular culture
  • television and film
  • music
  • urban environments
  • religion and more.
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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Producing and Editing Text for Publication

Do you aim to be an excellent writer? Do you want to capture your readers’ attention, switch easily between genres, and write well for different audiences?

In this module, you’ll sharpen the tools you need for really good writing. You’ll learn the practical skills of authoring and editing needed to produce effective texts. Most importantly, you’ll put your skills into practice, creating a portfolio of written work in various genres, as well as editing other people’s writing.

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

In this module, you’ll gain the skills you need to become an independent learner and researcher. You’ll develop your ability in:

  • identifying typical research practices
  • interpreting the evidence produced by original research
  • critically evaluating the arguments in which research is presented.

You’ll also develop the skills in argumentation that you’ll need to explain your understanding, and ability to present your evaluation in writing.

Understanding Communication (compulsory for single and combined honours)

In this module, you’ll learn three approaches to the study of communication - process, semiotic and cultural. You’ll study elements of human communication and how theoretical models of communication can be applied to the real world. You’ll consider such issues as: 

  • cultural differences in communication
  • how meaning is created
  • the role of the ‘self’ in communication
  • how we learn to communicate. 

You’ll work as part of a small group to answer quizzes, produce a handout, understand concepts relevant to the study of communication and make a presentation.
 

Understanding Culture (compulsory for single and combined honours)

What do we mean when we talk about ‘culture’? How do human ideas, customs and behaviours become a way of life? In this module, we’ll investigate the key theories and concepts of culture. You’ll gain invaluable critical skills as you reflect on different aspects of culture. And you’ll explore the impact of modern culture on individuals and society today. 

You’ll explore cultural artefacts and activities. And you’ll look at how culture relates to identity, power and representation.

Understanding Digital Culture (available in 2021)

Are you interested in exploring how digital technologies are shaping our everyday lives within government, business, education, social and entertainment contexts? In this module, you’ll explore the impact changing digital cultures have on our institutions, communication practices and consumption habits. You’ll examine aspects of digital cultures through some of the objects and practices that they themselves engage with. And, you’ll be given opportunities to reflect on issues of identity, relationships, privacy, truth, and power through researching aspects of your own digital life and experiences. 

Understanding Media (compulsory for single honours)

The mass media are of profound importance to all of us living in today's instantaneous, globally connected, advertising-saturated societies. But what are the media? And how do they affect us? In this module you’ll examine key concepts and concerns in the study of the media. Analysing a wide range of contemporary examples, you’ll explore the ways in which the media are used for communication, consumption and control. From Derren Brown to Fleabag, from The Times to The Matrix, you’ll employ a range of theories and probes to learn more about the impact and significance of the media.

Optional modules

Creative Writing (Introduction)

In this module, you’ll enhance your power and ability as a creative writer. You’ll attend workshops where you’ll learn through reading, writing, discussion and feedback. You’ll practise your own writing, explore the interplay of creativity and craft, and analyse how you work as a writer. You’ll join other students in exploring key approaches in poetry and prose, through:

  • practical writing exercises 
  • discussing each other’s work
  • critically analysing the work of published writers
  • exploring key writing practices. 

You’ll produce a portfolio of original creative writing, as well as a study of the aims and processes of your creative work. You’ll develop excellent writing habits, and the ability to reflect on your own writing practices. You’ll also understand the literary and cultural context of your own writing.
 

Introduction to Japanese Society and Culture

In this module, you'll use anthropological perspectives to make an in-depth investigation of contemporary life in Japan. We'll begin with a lifecourse approach, looking at

  • how children are raised
  • what their family and working life is like
  • what it is like to grow old in Japan. 

You’ll also investigate the cultural factors affecting human behaviour in Japan, including:

  • Japanese arts
  • religion and rituals
  • popular culture
  • minorities
  • marriage, family and kinship
  • the globalisation of Japanese through the export of its products and culture
  • its growing acceptance of immigrants
  • social norms in various Japanese communities.

This will give you a good base of knowledge for taking more advanced modules on the anthropology of Japan in years 2 and 3.

Language Acquisition

From baby talk to babbling, how do we acquire language from a young age? In this module, you’ll get to grips with language acquisition and its core areas, including how infants process language, and how we may learn more than one language. You’ll dive into debates on language acquisition and development. You’ll also gain core analytical skills, as you use linguistic evidence to advance theories of language acquisition and development.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Communication, Culture and Organisations (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)

How do companies brand themselves and their employees? Do we lose a sense of our identity within corporations, or find ourselves through a sense of belonging to an organisation with a strong culture? In this module, you’ll analyse the importance of communication within organisations from both an individual and company perspective. You’ll examine corporate identity and culture with a view to appreciating the complexity of the modern workplace. And, equipped with an understanding of the issues that can cause misunderstandings and conflict, you’ll seek out ways to promote and facilitate better intra-organisational communication.

Persuasive Communication (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)

How can the skills in persuasive speaking (rhetorics) help us understand and solve cultural problems? In this module, you’ll gain invaluable speaking and writing skills for your future career. You’ll also understand key rhetorical practices and how they affect society. You’ll explore the rhetorical tools likely to produce social change. You’ll put these to use, crafting persuasive messages that are:

  • clear
  • attractive
  • well-crafted
  • ethical.

You’ll become a skilled writer and speaker, able to take into account your audience, message and genre as you craft persuasive language.  

Audiences, Users and Producers (compulsory for single honours; alternative compulsory for combined honours)

In this module, you’ll look at the role of the audience in mass communication, and how understanding of this has shaped approaches to research. You’ll examine conceptualisations of the media audience, from early reception studies to more recent constructionist approaches. You’ll consider cultural functions of the media in the contemporary world and the increasingly creative and participative role of the audience in the digital age. As you develop your understanding of theory and method in audience research, you’ll be able to apply this to your own research.

Research Methods (compulsory for single and combined honours)

In this module, you’ll develop your skills in research methods so that you are ready to carry out small-scale research projects at university and in the world of work. You’ll design and use various data collection methods, such as questionnaires and interviews, and gain practical experience of data analysis techniques (both quantitative and qualitative). You’ll look at important methodological issues such as sampling, reliability, validity and ethics. You’ll also learn how to carry out a literature review, a key skill for undertaking a dissertation in your final year.

Optional modules

Design for Online Communication

Designing a successful website requires specialist skills, knowledge and creativity. In this module, you’ll examine issues of design, layout, usability and accessibility, and find out how to create a site that’s both attractive and easy to navigate. You’ll be introduced to the fundamental practical elements of web design, including HTML and CSS, and create a site of your own design using established software. No previous experience of web design is needed.

Making News

What makes a story newsworthy? How can we spot fake news? In this module, you’ll explore key issues including questions of balance and bias, the style and format of TV news and the global news environment, including CNN and Al-Jazeera. You’ll link theoretical issues to practice through the analysis of TV news items, before working in a team to produce your own news bulletin.

Language, Culture and Globalisation

In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between language, culture and globalisation. You’ll gain key analytical skills as you observe how language operates in local and global contexts. You’ll look at language through a sociolinguistic approach - considering the relationship between language and society and how they affect each other. You’ll explore how English rose to become an international language, spoken in countries all over the world. You’ll explore a range of topics, including: 

  • language and gender
  • language and politics
  • language and standardisation 
  • globalisation discourses
  • linguistic imperialism (when we impose our language on speakers of another language).

Critical Media Literacies

How far have the media made you? Does society shape the media or vice versa? Why are people enthralled by horror films? From considering sexual identities in Fleabag to the sociology of sci-fi, you’ll examine how and why you respond to certain texts, and explore the relationship between the media, culture and the consumer. In taught sessions, you’ll discuss key critical ideas and theories, and apply them in your analysis of various media texts.

Intercultural Communication

In this module, you’ll get to grips with intercultural identity (connections between cultures) and intracultural identity (connections between people of the same culture). You’ll gain core ethnographic knowledge for your degree, meaning you’ll gain a strong awareness of how to study people and their cultures. You’ll dig into the philosophical foundations of critical theory. You’ll also gain strong self-awareness, as you analyse your own cultural traditions and norms. You’ll explore the dimensions of your own identity, and develop sensitivity to seeing the world as others see it.

Culture, Gender and Sexuality

What does it mean to say ‘woman’? Are binary conceptions of gender unhelpful? This module challenges you to question your ‘common sense’ understanding of terms such as gender and sexuality, and to think about how such terms are used in contemporary culture. You’ll draw on insights from many disciplines, including:

  • gender studies
  • critical theory
  • queer theory
  • feminist criticism.

Writing Technologies

From handwriting to hypertext, how has the technology of writing affected individuals and human society? In this module we explore the profound cultural changes brought about by writing and print. You’ll examine the importance of writing technologies from philosophical, historical, cultural and political perspectives, and consider the work of theorists from Socrates to Marshall McLuhan and Jacques Derrida.

Independent Study in Communication, Media and Culture

In this module, you undertake individual or group work on an appropriate topic. You’ll work on a clearly defined topic, under supervision and with approval from the module leader. The independent study gives you the chance to reflect critically on your learning, and to make connections between themes and questions you’ve encountered in other modules.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

In this module, you undertake independent research on a topic in Communication, Media and Culture that particularly fascinates you. You’ll have the support of an expert supervisor who will help you define a key issue and develop it into a dissertation.

Optional modules

Branded Communication: Collectivity and Identity

What does ‘identity’ mean in a market-driven society? To what extent do we live our lives through brands? And what happens to the values of not-for-profit organisations when they adopt branding techniques developed for businesses? 

These are the types of questions you’ll encounter in this module, which looks at how organisations manage their public images. You’ll examine the practices that support brand image, including advertising, PR and sponsorship, discussing their practical effectiveness and their social implications. You’ll also look at how globalisation has affected branded communication, and at the impacts of developments such as e-commerce and social media. Through this module you’ll develop knowledge that’s relevant in the workplace, but also leads towards a critical understanding of one of the forces that shapes our lives.

Citizen Journalism and Civic Engagement

In this module, you’ll learn about citizen journalism and civic engagement in online contexts. You’ll study the growth of participatory journalism and its changing relationship with the mainstream press. You’ll consider the role of citizen journalism in democratic processes and look at how it can encourage people to become more socially active and informed. As well as engaging with these questions, you’ll develop your skills in information-gathering, interviewing and writing as you work on your own, original piece of op-ed or investigative journalism in the form of a blog or podcast. 

Interdisciplinary Dissertation

For your dissertation, you’ll carry out research on a topic that fascinates you. The topic will be interdisciplinary, meaning that it will be relevant to Communications, Media and Culture and to your other subject. This allows you to be creative in your thinking, making original or exciting connections between your different subject areas. 

Whatever the topic, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge of it. You’ll develop excellent project management skills as you define your research area, plan your research and manage your own schedule. You’ll also acquire great research skills to take forward into your career.

Special Topics in Communication, Media and Culture

This module allows you to engage in depth with compelling current issues in Communication, Media and Culture studies. You’ll take part in student-led discussions and seminar sessions, and develop your portfolio for the research part of this course. You’ll prepare a seminar presentation, giving you the chance to hone your skills in reviewing and evaluating a set of readings and in communicating your findings.

Subject to Culture: Individuality and Identity

We all like to think that we’re unique, with our own personality and identity, beliefs and ideas.  But are we really all so different, or are we subject to a variety of cultural and social pressures that determine who we are? 

Examining a range of objects and artefacts that you and your group have chosen, you’ll consider new and challenging ways of thinking about your place in culture, and about how culture places itself in you. From masks to mind-viruses, from plagues to prisons, from cyborgs to subversive sexualities, in this double honours level module we’ll investigate how we’re all subject to culture.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through a mixture of:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • online methods.

You will learn from lecturers who are internationally recognised for their work and research. They publish in many of the areas you will be investigating. This means you will be introduced to the latest debates and developments within the field.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 19%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 81%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 16%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 84%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 12%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 88%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

You will be assessed 100% by coursework. This is to prepare you for the kind of work expected of a creative media and communication professional.

Alongside more traditional 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.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad


You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate


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.

Read more about the destinations of some of our recent graduates.

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.

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