Media and Communication BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP34

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP3I

4 years with professional training

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Why choose this course

This course will give you an intensive and challenging look into twenty-first century communication. This course is informed by our research, and you’ll study topics from theories of media power, regulation and audiences, to ‘big data’, digital platforms and international communication.

This course draws on the latest media and communication research.

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What you will study

Our BSc Media and Communication course will give you a comprehensive education in contemporary media and communications in global, digital societies. You will discover theories of media power, politics, media and digital regulation, popular culture, policy-relevant research, global communication, digital societies, public relations and media audiences.

This course covers a wide-range of media forms and cultures, and includes sociological critiques of some of the latest technological changes, including platform societies and is one of the few undergraduate Media and Communication courses in the UK offering modules on ‘big data’ and the sociology of datafication. You’ll develop a solid grounding in social science which you can apply to a range of careers in media, research, public relations, marketing, business and beyond.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers at home and abroad, including public relations, journalism, broadcast media, advertising, digital industries, market research, media and communication management and research.

Our BSc Media and Communication will build your ability to analyse complex issues and reach sound conclusions, which is highly desirable for a variety of careers in business, government or third-sector organisations.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of media and communication in the twenty-first century, giving you a valuable grounding if you’d like to work in media, research, PR or marketing for a wide and varied range of sectors. About a quarter of undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology go on to postgraduate study.

On successful completion of our BSc Media and Communication you might want to apply to progress to our MSc Social Research Methods or MSc Criminology. We require you to achieve a first or 2:1 degree classification to progress to masters level.

If you take the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, you will also build experience and a network of contacts that other graduates will not have.

You will graduate with excellent analytical and research skills, mastery of quantitative methods and the ability to communicate well. You will also have gained a particular understanding of a wide range of media and digital communication, which will provide a valuable initial grounding if you wish to move towards media-related careers.

Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:

  • Channel Planning Assistant, UKTV
  • PR Coordinator, NBC Universal
  • Media Analyst, Kantar Media
  • Production Secretary, Comic Relief
  • Social Media Executive, Hotelplan
  • Corporate Communications Account Manager, Surrey Police
  • Sales Executive, Global Data.

Find out more about the Department of Sociology.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
 
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6

Students take the dissertation (45 credits) across the whole year plus 1 compulsory and 2 options from semester 1 and 1 compulsory and 1 option from semester 2.

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Our teaching is led by our research as well as the latest in media and communication, to build courses which are constantly being updated. 

We are proud of our work on online research methods, and young people and digital media. This also includes the future of audiences in the face of emerging technologies, the role of social media in mental wellbeing, audiences and controversial media content, as well as youth sub-cultures, among many others.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A-level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A-level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

We normally make offers in terms of grades.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.

If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

BSc (Hons)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £16,800

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas £16,800

Professional training To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Additional costs

There are no associated costs with this programme.

Optional expenses

Occasional optional trips to London or within Surrey will be organised by the School which may incur travel costs - £70 approximately.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Media and Communication placements

Our course is thoroughly research-led, with excellent work on digital media happening within our Digital Societies research group. All of this feeds into the teaching we do.

You have the chance to develop your skills and experience in a work environment through our Professional Training placement, which is available for all of our students during their third year.

This provides an opportunity to apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your first two years of study in a work environment, and to bring your experience back to enhance your vital final-year studies.

The Department of Sociology’s Professional Training partners include:

  • Showcentral Ltd
  • The Walt Disney Company Ltd
  • TVB1 (Hong Kong)
  • Magimix
  • Wigwam PR
  • Moving Picture Company
  • Gloucestershire County Council.

The process of preparing and applying for placement jobs also significantly enhances your job-seeking skills, which come into play in your final year and beyond when you apply for graduate employment.

After graduation, many of our students take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer. Our students tend to return to their final year significantly more confident and with enhanced career aspirations and prospects, so you are likely to be more focused, perform better and achieve better results.

Placements opportunities are selected according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Some placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-£15,000 a year, and some placements are unpaid.

If you choose to take an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and may also work a reduced amount of time.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Find out how students at Surrey developed their skills in industry by undertaking a placement year.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

You have the option of studying abroad with one of our partner universities in your second year. Study abroad at other partners is possible for one or two semesters in your Professional Training year. These include:

  • Universitat Tubingen, Germany
  • CEU San Pablo, Spain
  • George Mason University
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of Virginia
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Brock University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Victoria, Wellington
  • University of Wollongong
  • Brock University, Canada
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

If you chose to spend time working or studying in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

Some students prefer a professional experience through a work placement with an overseas organisation.

International experiences expose you to a new cultural environment that develops your adaptation and communication skills but also your abilities to deal with unfamiliar situations, thus strengthening your academic and professional profiles.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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Address

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Guildford
Surrey GU2 7XH