• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


A joint honours degree is perfect for you if you want to study more than one subject. You can combine Media Studies with one other joint honours course that is offered at our Derby Campus to create your own joint honours degree. The modules you'll study will depend on how you decide to combine the subjects you choose.

On this Media Studies Joint Honours degree offered by the University of Derby you'll develop a high level of media literacy and an understanding of forms of media power and manipulation.

During stage one you will be introduced to a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of the media, including theories of language and meaning, audiences, media industries and the historical contextualisation of media forms and institutions and the importance of new forms of digital media.

At stage two you will study modules covering cultural studies approaches to the media and have the option to take modules examining news media, cult media and subcultures and television, gain skills in audience research or gain work experience through work based learning.

In stage three you will have the option to take an Independent Study where you will have the chance to study a research topic of your choice. There will be the opportunity to take work experience based study or take modules exploring communication, media and politics, documentary, media and surveillance or videogames.


You’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience during stage two and three of the course. We have established contacts with a number of independent film companies, local radio stations and newspapers and could help you gain work experience and help further your media career.

Careers talks are arranged each year and former students have gone on to work in TV researching, film and TV production, public relations, marketing, film archiving, radio presenting or production, marketing, advertising and public relations and journalism. Others used their degree for higher level entry into, for example, the civil Service, charity management, customer services, further education or teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      4-6 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Media and Communication: Key Issues
  • The Media Industry
  • The Digital Word
  • Screen Narration
  • News Media
  • Taste and Subculture: Media Audiences and the Cultural Industries
  • TV Boxing Clever: Brand, Identity and Format
  • Work Based Learning in the Media and Cultural Indstries
  • Regulating the Media
  • It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word
  • Independent Study
  • Screening Surveillance
  • Digital Games and Gamification: Technology and Social Practice
  • Documentary and Factual Production: Poetics and Praxis
  • Global Communication and Politics

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

Typical entry requirements:
  • UCAS points - 112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Alternative entry qualifications:
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Part-time UK/EU students - £1,155 per module

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

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