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Looking for an exciting career? Care about culture, power and representation? This course is your first step to a passion-led role in the media and cultural industries.
You’ll gain key insight into the media and communications sector. Developing theoretical tools for analysing the power dynamics of major organisations, and how they influence their audiences. These skills set our graduates apart for their careers.
Thanks to your tutors’ connections, we offer one-off industry encounters. We’ll introduce you to:
- TV producers
- talent managers
- news reporters
- brand marketing professionals.
These experts will ensure you have your finger on the pulse of what their sectors look like today. They’ll show you how to apply theory to industry practice.
Our alumni led Industry Expert Advisory Board are leaders in their fields. They help keep the course at the cutting-edge of what employers look for in graduates. You’ll get to meet them in your third year at our annual speed networking session. A launchpad into your career at the moment you are getting ready to send out applications.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Build your portfolio
Get involved with media platforms like Brookes TV, Observe (our alumni magazine), CMC Scoop (our department magazine), the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network, and Oxford University Media.
External internships can be accredited in an Independent Study Module.
Influential industry board
Experts from top companies like Spotify and the BBC help us update the course and tell us what skills graduates need.
You’ll be taught by expert tutors who remain active in sectors like journalism and politics.
You’ll develop practical skills, powerful communication skills and strategic awareness to set you up for your first role – and the rest of your career.
Free language courses
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.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Oxford Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.
From understanding the role of social media in everyday life to exposing bias, how campaigners like Extinction Rebellion influence their audiences, we’ve designed this course to apply your critical thinking to the issues that matter to you. You’ll reflect on your own lives, media usage, and relationship to culture and society. We’ll discuss the tools news organisations and politicians use to shape public opinion.
You’ll spend time in our broadcast studio where you’ll learn how to use technical kit - like reading news from the autocue. This course is all about showing you the broad opportunities on offer and helping you discover what sparks your imagination.
Strategic awareness will be important throughout your career. That’s why we’ll use different case studies to put your critical thinking to the test and encourage you to look at problems through different lenses. You’ll look at some of the most significant issues we face today like misogyny, racism and fake news.
Learning and teaching
You'll learn through a mixture of:
- group seminars
- expert tutorials
- online methods.
You’ll develop a close working relationship with your tutors. And you’ll get regular feedback on your learning, as well as support with the areas you’d like to focus on. Your tutors carry out internationally recognised research, which directly informs your learning.
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
- 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.
Media is constantly shaping today’s world. By the time you finish this course, you’ll be ready to experience the thrill and be part of working in the sector that shapes society like no other.
You’ll have a variety of opportunities to set you up for success. You’ll understand what makes you tick, whether that’s creating podcasts, or websites, or being in the TV studio. We also bring in industry experts who will share their career advice with you and help you get the best start.
Not only will you stand out to employers, but you’ll also be ready to be a leader in whatever career you choose.
You’ll graduate prepared for a variety of rewarding careers in:
- marketing and advertising
- public relations
- audience research
- media broadcasting
- community development.
You’ll find previous graduates working at a range of leading organisations including:
- Save the Children UK
- Channel 5
- LEGO UK
- Washington Post
- tech startups
- media consultancy and top level freelancers
- museums, heritage and cultural organisations.
"Even though a foundation is an extra year of study, British degrees last just three years anyway so my total studying time was the same as it would have been in the US"Read more about Aiysha
"The course is so interesting – you get to question society, communications and how the media has influenced them over time"Read more about Annika
"Communication, Media and Culture really interested me as I could learn about areas like public relations and the media"Read more about Harry
Specific entry requirements
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
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|All programming modules on the course are taught using free software.||Included in fees £0|
We do recommend you buy a copy of Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, which you will use for your full three years of study.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.