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Media and Communication (Top-up)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

You need to have an HND or Foundation degree in a relevant subject. When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the HND or foundation degree is compatible with the top-up programme

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2021

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2021

Subject

Media and communication studies

This practical BA in Media and Communication will give you a strong understanding of the media industries – TV, film, new media, newspapers, radio – and also covers trends in media culture and communication.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
Media and Communication has a really interesting range of modules such as Researching the Audience, Multimedia Skills, News Culture and the Public Sphere, Digital Games and Gamification, and PR and Social Media. There are hands-on projects in publishing, journalism and writing for the web, print media or the screen. Our strong links with employers – such as independent film producers, radio stations and newspapers – can help you gain vital work experience and there’s even an option to study for a semester in America.

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?
If you’re looking for a media and communication degree that will help you understand all areas of the industry, give you practical and transferable skills, and encourage you to think creatively, this is for you.

HOW YOU WILL LEARN
There will be formal lectures, seminars, tutorials, group exercises, workshops, debates, screenings and hands-on projects in areas like publishing, journalism and web writing.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES
Derby has a good number of creative media companies who are eager to take students on internships or placements. And unlike other larger cities, like London or Nottingham, there is less competition for these opportunities. We also hold regular careers talks which enable you to network and build up your contacts in the industry.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY
Media and Communication graduates go on to work in a wide range of professions including PR, communications, marketing, TV research, film and TV production, film archiving, radio presenting, radio production and journalism. Others have used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the Civil Service, charity management, customer services, postgraduate study and teaching.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,045
per year
International
£14,045
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Humanities 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.

62%
low
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.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

84%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
44%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

Media, journalism and communications

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

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

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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