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De Montfort University

Media and Communication

UCAS Code: P300

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

from at least 2 A-Levels Five GCSEs 9-4 including English Language or Literature or equivalent.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Broadcast journalism

Media and communication studies

Media and Communication BA (Hons) at De Montfort University will provide you with the practical skills to engage and evaluate critical perspectives in new media, television and cultural studies industry. The course is taught by well connected academics and creative industry practitioners. Our research in media was recognised as first in the UK for research output in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. You will learn about the modern media landscape where you will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with digital, print and broadcast media as well as exploring the potential of visual media. The course has close links with local media partners such as BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Square, providing student with the opportunities for work experience and cultural connections. You will also have the opportunity to contribute work to our award-winning student-led Demon Media, giving you the a platform to enhance your practical skills through The Demon newspaper, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and the Demon website. 100% of our Media and Communication graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating according to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report.

Modules

Year One
• Core Concepts in Media and Communication
• Media Cultures and Everyday Life
• Media Institutions: National and Global Perspectives
• Photography and Video 1

Year Two
• Researching Media and Communication
• Television Studies
• Media Discourse: Events
• New Media 1: Design and Production
• Media, Gender and Identity
• Global Subcultures
• Media Texts as Historical Sources
• Journalism 1
• Photography and Video 2 (The Documentary Image)
• Public Relations (1)
• Political Communication

Year Three
• Dissertation
• Audiences and Fandom
• Writing for the Screen
• New Media 2: Creative Project
• Public Relations 2
• Global Advertising Practices
• Broadcast Journalism
• Identities: Media, Power and Difference
• Negotiated Project – Photography or Video
• Paranormal Media
• Cybernetic Media
• Film Exhibition and Consumption
• Sport and Media
• Sports Journalism
Global Dissent
• Gender and TV Fictions

Assessment methods

Students are taught through a series of one, two or three-hour lectures, seminars/screenings and tutor supported workshops. In addition students can also arrange one-to-one meetings with staff which enables you to receive personal or small-group support for assignments, to discuss career paths, or simply to develop topics discussed in class.
Assessed work will make demands on your academic, critical and creative skills and includes essays, analytical portfolios, scripts, news articles, online work, research tasks, presentations, and practical projects. Students may be required to work both individually and in teams and in doing so will build industry-relevant skills. The culmination of the course is the submission of either a dissertation or a negotiated project on the media-related subject of your choice.
Students have access to a full range of student support services including the Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS) and a dedicated careers service.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leicester Campus

Department:

Computing, Engineering and Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
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Broadcast journalism
76%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

Media studies

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Media and communication studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£20k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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