Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Add media studies to your study of sociology and you'll be able to explore and specialise in areas such as the social impact of the new media, the Internet and other information and communications technologies, media discourse, media policy and regulation. This course is designed to give you a contemporary understanding of the social and intellectual dimensions of the media and communications industries. The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Introduction to sociology; media, culture and society; introduction to social and cultural research; introduction to social enquiry; individual and social processes. Level 2 Core: Media, culture and representation; global communication; research in practice; social divisions; work and society. Options: sociology of everyday life: issues in contemporary culture; media genres and society. Level 3: Optional Work placement (for thick'sandwich mode of study). Level 4 Core: City lives: bodies, spaces and interaction; television studies; comedy, culture and the media; understanding audiences; health and the new politics of protest; the age of new media; crime, deviance and addiction; sociology of health and illness; multiculturalism; popular music and popular culture.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
BSc (Hons) £13,500 ???abroad???
4 years
BSc (Hons) £9,000 ???home???

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 29
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates ABBBB
  • Foundation / access qualification
  • IELTS 6.5
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 90%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 88%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 10
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

9% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 28%

Total Coursework: 72%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation