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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 Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus

Course length

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

UCAS code


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:


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.


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.


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.

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

Modules in detail » Module diagrams »

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.

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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.

Time spent in different learning activities

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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.

Breakdown of assessment methods used on this course

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Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module. 2019/20: £750 per single module.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

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.

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

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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

IB Diploma: 30 points


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

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

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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.

Course downloads

  • Communication, Media and Culture brochure
  • Communication, Media and Culture module diagrams
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