Taught course

Media and Communications

Brunel University, London · Social Sciences, Media and Communications

Entry requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Media/Communications-related subject preferably in the field of Sociology Applicants with other qualifications or equivalent professional qualifications and that have considerable relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.


Months of entry


Course content

This well established MSc in Media and Communications offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. It typically aims to explore:

  • How do the media shape culture and society?
  • What role does the media play in people's lives?
  • Is the media creating a global culture?
  • Are audiences now producers?
  • Do social networking sites influence personal communication?
  • Are young people disconnected from traditional politics

It focuses on a critical understanding of the rapid changes in media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context and combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies. The course will meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines, as well as professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries.

This course is taught by leading academics in Sociology and Communications. Throughout our research we aim to tackle core theoretical questions and also engage with the international community and relevant groups of practitioners in industry, government and the wider public. Recent research projects include: mass media coverage of young people and politics; free speech and the public sphere; file-sharing and live streaming; health and science communication; public involvement in health policy; multiculturalism and institutional racism; the anti-globalisation movement, the media and 'new wars'.

Where possible we invite professionals who are working in the media and broadcast industry (advertising and marketing; television documentary and different PR organisations) to come and talk to our students and offer careers advice. We have also organised a field trip to BBC Television Centre in West London. Students are invited to our academic research seminar programme and to attend our of term social events.

Typical core modules (subject to change) include:

  • Creative Industries
  • Making Web Cultures
  • Media Audiences
  • Qualitiative Methods in Sociala nd Cultural Research
  • Issues and Controversies in Media and Communications

Information for international students

•IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas) •Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores) •BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas Please visit our dedicated web pages: www.brunel.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,500 full-time
International students
£15,750 full-time

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599