Last Updated on January 18, 2023
We all communicate. And we are all communicated to. This degree gives you a chance to think about, analyse and understand communication.
For example you’ll look at:
- technology – what we use, how it shapes communication and is shaped by it
- content – what we think we say, what is actually said, and what is left out and why
- formats – why we choose one over another, how content changes with format and who makes those decisions
- impact – how individuals, groups and societies engage with different forms of media and communication
You’ll use a range of approaches including sociology, communication theory, politics, and cultural studies. This wide range of approaches means you’ll develop a comprehensive skillset that can be applied to many careers, whether media-related or not.
Language learning is an integral part of the course. You can learn a language from beginner level or build on existing abilities. You’ll also use your language skills and cultural knowledge to shape your coursework.
There are also opportunities to study abroad and learn media, communication and culture internationally.
Why choose this course?
- Choose from nine languages to study
- Develop coursework relevant to your language and culture
- Creative Students Network – practical skills, internships, guest speakers, networking
- Work placements to develop your CV
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
|UK entry requirements|
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject.
If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.
Foundation progression options
You can also access this course through our Foundation Year. This may be suitable if you have faced educational barriers and are predicted BCC at A level.
Learning and assessment
How you will learn
Group work is important on the degree. It helps to demonstrate your ability to work in a team and communicate with colleagues. In the latest National Student Survey over 95% of our students said they’d had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of the course.
Teaching quality and support
We work hard at the quality of our teaching. In the past three years, two of our department’s lecturers have earned Lord Dearing awards – nominated by students and peers to acknowledge their outstanding teaching
You’ll have a personal tutor who will review your academic progress and help find solutions to any issues affecting your studies.
“As a personal tutor, I work with you on your academic progress, but I also have a pastoral role with regards to your well-being. I see how you get on across all your modules, which enables discussions about you as an individual.”
Dr Gabriele Neher, Senior Tutor
How you will be assessed
Your assessments will vary according to the topic studied. They may include essay, examination, in-class presentation and portfolio.
- Portfolio (written/digital)
- Reflective review
- Written exam
Contact time and study hours
The minimum weekly scheduled contact time you will have is:
- Year one – 12 hours
- Year two – 10 hours
- Year three – 8 hours
Weekly tutorial support and the accredited Nottingham Advantage Award provide further optional learning activities, on top of these class contact hours. Your lecturers will also be available outside your scheduled contact time to help you study and develop. This can be in-person or online.
As well as your timetabled sessions you’ll carry out extensive independent study. This will include course reading and seminar preparation. A typical 20 credit module involves three to four hours of lectures and seminars per week.
Your lecturers will be members of our academic staff many of whom are internationally recognised in their fields.
Class sizes vary depending on topic and type. Typically,
- a lecture will have around 50 to 100 students
- a weekly seminar will have 15 to 20 students
We know everyone comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences so our first year:
- ensures you have the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive
- is designed to help you connect to and build relationships with your fellow students
You’ll get a firm foundation in the themes and approaches of cultural studies and media studies. There will be a focus on the role of new media and technologies in a changing public sphere.
You will also begin studying your chosen language at the right level.
You will take 120 credit-worth of modules split as follows:
- core media, communication and cultural studies modules – 100 credits
- language modules – 20 credits
You must pass year one in order to progress but your first-year marks do not count towards your final degree classification.
Communication and Culture
We live in culture and we communicate with each other every day, online and offline. What is communication? How is it shaped by culture? In this module, you will learn theories on communication, media and culture. These theories include Marxism, structuralism, poststructuralism, feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism, critical race studies and digital media studies. They will enable you to look at society and culture with fresh eyes and use media and communication more self-consciously. You will be aware of how social structures and power relations shape media and communication practices, and what we can do as individuals and social groups to challenge these structures and relations. Eventually, you will use these theories to critically analyse a wide range of media and cultural texts and practices such as film, television, journalism, advertising, popular culture and social media. This module is worth 20 credits.Cultures of Everyday Life
While we may take the idea of our daily lives for granted, they are filled with ‘realities’ and phenomena that exceed our abilities to account for them: associating it with routine, familiar and repeated experiences, our everyday lives are, simultaneously, punctuated by the exceptional, the random and the disruptive. This module explores the cultural theory of everyday life, and covers the work of key theorists Michel de Certeau and Henri Lefebvre. You will be introduced to methods for representing everyday life in arts and media. You will also look at a wide range of attempts to register daily existence, including the modernist novel, photography, film, time capsules, poetry, video diaries and comics. This module is worth 20 credits.Media and Society
In this module you will critically examine the social forces that have shaped different media, focussing on the press, broadcasting, the internet, and film & television. You will explore key debates surrounding the development, composition and function of these different media forms, and examine the social, political, economic and cultural conditions that shaped their evolution.
You will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to understanding the production, content and reception of media messages and representations, with a particular focus on the social and political role of the mass media.
This module is worth 20 credits.
Communication and Technology
This module takes a detailed look at debates around the impact of new information and communications technologies such as the internet, digital TV, and mobile and wireless communications on processes of communication. The module emphasises the social, economic and political implications of information communication technology adoption, such as the ongoing ‘digital divide’ between the information-rich and -poor. It also investigates issues surrounding human-machine interaction, exploring the reshaping of communication forms and practices together with notions of posthumanism and cyberbodies.Questioning Culture: An Introduction to Research
This module supports first year students as they make the transition into degree level work. You will gain skills in independent and collaborative learning with the aid of guided and self-directed learning tasks and individual and group research projects. The module prepares the ground for subsequent research training and for the final year dissertation.
You will take 20 credits of modules in your chosen language (10 credits in each semester).
The language you select will also be studied in year two.The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Tuesday 22 June 2021.
Where you will learn
University Park Campus
University Park Campus covers 300 acres, with green spaces, wildlife, period buildings and modern facilities. It is one of the UK’s most beautiful and sustainable campuses, winning a national Green Flag award every year since 2003.
Most schools and departments are based here. You will have access to libraries, shops, cafes, the Students’ Union, sports village and a health centre.
You can walk or cycle around campus. Free hopper buses connect you to our other campuses. Nottingham city centre is 15 minutes away by public bus or tram.
Fees and funding
To be confirmed in 2021*Keep checking back for more information*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.
If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2022/23 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.
This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.
For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.
Essential course materials are supplied.
You’ll be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to buy your own copies of core texts.
A limited number of modules have compulsory texts which you are required to buy. We recommend that you budget £100 per year for books, but this figure will vary according to which modules you take.
The Blackwell’s bookshop on campus offers a year-round price match against any of the main retailers (for example Amazon, Waterstones, WH Smith). They also offer second-hand books, as students from previous years sell their copies back to the bookshop.
Volunteering and placements
For volunteering and placements (such as work experience and teaching in schools), you will need to pay for transport and refreshments.
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up-to-date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.