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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 13k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    January 15

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    This is a broad-based degree which offers students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest, such as the social impact of the new media, the internet and other information and communications technologies, media discourse, media policy and regulation.
    The course is also concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in our own and other societies. The kinds of question with which we concerned with are: ‘What is society?’ ‘How and why is it changing?’ ‘What are the opportunities for future change and development?

    The focus of study is upon all aspects of human behaviour: 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: neuropsychology; psychoanalysis; developmental psychology; social psychology; contemporary social structure and social change; the role of science and the media; ethnicity and kinship; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.

    We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise increasingly in your particular disciplines.

    Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including ethnographic fieldwork. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, video production, psychophysics and the use of information technology.


    This course is designed to give you a contemporary understanding of the social and intellectual dimensions of the media and communications industries. It is broad-based and multi-disciplinary and is unusual in bringing together a wide variety of social sciences in the study of communications.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 13000 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date September 2015 Duration:3-year full-time; 4-year thin-sandwich Credits (ECTS) 360 ECTS
    Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    There are close links between this degree and the Communications and Media Studies degree. The central distinction between the two is that Sociology and Communications focuses more closely on social theory and method, and contains no practical media production modules.

    Typical Modules

    Please note that module availability is subject to change.

    Level 1

    • Introduction to Media Studies

    • Media, Culture and Society

    • Introduction to Social and Cultural Research

    • Introduction to Social Enquiry

    • Introduction to Sociology

    • Individual and Social Processes

    Level 2

    This provides more sophisticated modules in the sociology of communications and media.

    • Media, Culture and Representation

    • Global Communication

    • Research in Practice

    • Social Divisions

    • Work and Society

    Plus one option from:

    • Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture

    • Media Genres and Society

    Level 3 At Level 3, you can choose from a variety of options including celebrities, representation and power, new media, media discourses and media audiences.

    • 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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test : 92

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    • GCE A-level BBB

    • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.

    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject with an A-Level at grade B.

    • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject with A-Levels grade BB.

    • International Baccalaureate Diploma 32 points.

    • Access to Higher EducationDiploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 with Merits in all units.

    GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C are also required.

    Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSE’s.

    English Language Requirements

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)

    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)

    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Brunel University.

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