Undergraduate study2017

BSc (Hons)

Communication and Media Studies

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

Our course at Loughborough provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to study media and communications from a multi-disciplinary view point, with its flexible nature enabling you to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Year

BSc (Hons)

Communication and Media Studies

Department of Social Sciences

Year of entry: 2017

Our course at Loughborough provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to study media and communications from a multi-disciplinary view point, with its flexible nature enabling you to tailor your degree to suit your career aspirations.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Communication and Media Studies (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • Ranked 5th for Social Policy (The Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • 96% of graduates in work or further study (2014 graduates)

 

The course provides students with a range of general and specialist skills that are relevant to a wide variety of jobs related to media and communications, from working in the media industries or working in marketing and advertising to managing public relations in a company.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich P90A
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time P910
Selection

We do not favour any A-Level subjects over others and we accept General Studies as a subject in its own right. In addition we welcome applications from students with other qualifications, from students on Access courses and from mature students.

All candidates to whom we are considering offering a place will be invited to visit the University to find out more about the course, to meet current students and to look around the campus.

Assessment

Assessment involves exams, written coursework, oral presentations and a poster. Coursework involves essays, on-line reading commentaries, research reports, presentations and projects.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are particularly good at securing jobs in marketing, advertising and public relations.

Other jobs include: Press Officer, Broadcast Assistant, Publicist, Media Production Assistant, Events Coordinator, Freelance Journalist for BBC Radio, Information Officer, Online Editor, Visual Merchandiser, Writer, Publishing Trainee and Customer Experience Manager.

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Press and Broadcasting 
  • Researching Media and Communications 1
  • Study Skills
  • Media Landscapes
  • Introduction to Critical Viewings
  • Constructing Meanings: Texts and Audiences

A selection of options including:

  • Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Criminology and Social Policy
  • Politics 
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Mandarin)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Communication, Media and Cultural Theory
  • Researching Media and Communications 2
  • Critical Viewings: Film
  • Promotional Culture: Advertising, Public Relations and Society
  • Plus a selection of optional modules
Optional placement / study year

Salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.

Final year 

Compulsory modules:

  • Communication and Media Studies Dissertation
  • Critical Viewings: Television 
  • Critical Viewings: Documentary
  • Presenting Media Debates
  • Digital Media and Society
  • Plus a selection of optional modules

Optional modules currently offered include:

  • The Media in Global Context
  • Persuasion and Communication
  • Youth Culture and the Media
  • Producing the News
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Media, Memory and History
  • Media Panics
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Inequalities 
  • Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • Debating Society
  • Sociology of Religion 
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Race and Racism
  • Sociology of Tourism 
  • Human Sexualities
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Gender and Psychology
  • The Social Psychology of Everyday Life
  • Political Psychology
  • Children, Young People and Risk
  • Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors
  • State Surveillance and Deviant Bodies
  • Victimology
  • Crime and Deviance in Sport

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: P90A BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
AAB (General Studies accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
35 points including 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile
Additional

UCAS code: P910 BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
AAB (General Studies accepted)
Science A Levels – Practical skills element required? No
SQA AH
AB, plus majority B grades in Highers
IB
35 points including 6 6 5 at HL
Other
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDD profile
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Students can, if they want to, choose one of the three optional schemes:

Optional six month study abroad

Students can choose to visit a University abroad to study for six months. This a wonderful opportunity to enhance language skills and experience living abroad. This six month period is taken during the second year of the course.

Optional English Language Assistantship placement

This involves the option of taking a four year degree, in which a student can apply for a British Council placement to work as an English language assistant in a school abroad during their third year.

This is paid employment and earns the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) which is an additional qualification to the final degree

Optional placement schemes

Other placement schemes operated by the University may also be undertaken with the approval of the operating Department, which may lead to the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS), or the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS), depending on the scheme.

Further opportunities for short-term placements, mentoring, work shadowing, and voluntary work can be explored via the University’s Careers and Employability Centre.

Note that employability skills are studied throughout the course and are tied to academic content.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BSc (Hons) DIntS/DPS/DIS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: P90A

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: P910

Our students

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”

Neeya Braich

“The Social Sciences Department at Loughborough is one of the best in the country, which will help later in life when looking for a career.”

Dane Karaman

“I really enjoy that everyone is all together on campus and you feel like you’re part of a huge family. There is no feeling quite like being in the Loughborough Bubble.”

Benjamin Stokes

“The teaching quality is extremely high and is consistent throughout all the modules. The lecturers strive to deliver the best content and provide endless support.”