Skip to content


Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Bringing together world-leading researchers in Media, Television and Cultural Studies, with experienced practitioners in the field of public relations and new media. Their informed critical perspectives, professional knowledge and academic experience ensures that you are not only aware of the media environment and the employment opportunities it provides, but also gives you the opportunity to explore new dimensions of theory.

Digital Open Days: 14 November and 5 December Book now


Reasons to study Media Joint Honours at De Montfort University:

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [ Office for Students, 2017]

  • Enhance your skillset and employability
    by combining Media and Communication with another specialist subject; by developing a diverse range of skills you can open up different career paths

  • Join course-relevant groups and societies
    including the Media and Communication Society, Film Society, Media Discourse  Group and reading groups, and take part in the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website 

  • Benefit from our strong links with local media partners
    including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Cinema; providing opportunities for work experience and cultural connections 

  • Dedicated work placements 

    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Technology placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK

  • Multi-million pound industry-standard facilities
    our Creative Technology Studios feature a host of audio recording studios, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems; alongside stand-alone film and television studios| equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities

  • Enjoy an international experience with  #DMUglobal
    we offer all students the opportunity to take part in a  #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. 

First year teaching focuses on the modern media landscape where you will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with digital, print and broadcast media as well as exploring the potential of visual media. In your second and third years you can choose from a wide range of professional, academic and creative pathways in line with your interests and ambitions to create a degree which is fascinating and relevant to your aspirations.

You can choose from theoretical options as well as from creative and professional modules and will be supported throughout your study by a friendly teaching team of media academics and industry professionals.

Joint degree options:

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 
Media and Drama: PWH4 
English Language and Media: QP33 
Film Studies and Media: P390 
Journalism and Media: PPH5

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 
Media and Drama: PWH4 
English Language and Media: QP33 
Film Studies and Media: P390 
Journalism and Media: PPH5

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Entry criteria

For Film Studies and Media (P390), Journalism and Media (PPH5) and English Language and Media (QP33)

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Joint degree options 



In addition to the modules listed below you will also study modules from your chosen joint subject each year.

First year

  • Core Concepts in Media and Communication – introduces key theoretical models of analysis as well as the social/cultural contexts in which contemporary media operate and exert influence
  • Media Cultures and Everyday Life – examines the notion of ‘culture’, a range of mediatised practices, cultural institutions and media/cultural industries

Second year

  • Researching Media and Communication – explores the main research and analytic traditions in media and cultural studies • Media Discourse – investigates the ways that media texts function within contemporary culture
  • Media, Gender and Identity – considers the role the media plays in our understanding of ourselves and others as individuals and as social beings
  • Television Studies – examines the television industry, including the relationship between television schedules and the programmes that fill them
  • Journalism 1 – introduces you to skills and competencies used by journalists and equips you with a basic knowledge of journalism law and key theoretical issues
  • Political Communication – investigates the relationship between politics and the media and introduces the key components of the political communication system
  • Public Relations 1 – introduces you to different types of public relations, the industry structures, and the tools used by practitioners to engage with audiences
  • New Media 1: Design and Production – explores core theories and skills for graphic design and web design and development


Third year

You will select a combination of modules from:

  • Dissertation – allows you to specialise in an extended area of study for the whole year and produce a detailed written study about a media issue or work on your own individual film project
  • Global Advertising Practices – looks at the social, cultural, historical and institutional contexts in which advertisements are produced and consumed
  • Writing for the Screen – offers you the opportunity to receive professional practical guidance from an industry practitioner on techniques of creative scriptwriting for television and film
  • New Media 2: Creative Project– enables you to extend your understanding of the technologies and techniques involved in new media production
  • Public Relations 2 – explores key academic debates and issues in public relations from a global perspective and helps you learn the skills required to secure a first public relations role
  • Broadcast Journalism – this optional module allows you to explore and develop your broadcasting skills and involves real-world broadcasting on the university's Demon Media facilities
  • Sports Journalism – this module enables you to develop the skills required to be a sports journalist
  • Identities – considers the production and representation of ‘identities’ across a range of media platforms – from those produced by large corporations to those created with a DIY ethos
  • Audiences and Fandom – looks at audiences across different genres and media
  • Paranormal Media – applies a range of existing, key debates and methodologies to the growing popular genre of Paranormal Media
  • Cybernetic Media – explores the importance of cybernetics for understanding key contemporary concepts such as communication, information, feedback and networks
  • Film Exhibition and Consumption – introduces students to the study of film exhibition, distribution and consumption with a focus on changing technologies
  • Sport and the Media – examines the interdependent relationship between sport and the media focusing on political economy, identity formation and the role of audiences in the communication process.

The course is taught by established academics and creative industry practitioners.

You will be taught through a series of one or two-hour lectures seminars, screenings and two-hour tutor supported workshops. There are also regular visiting lecturers from both industry and academic research fields.

Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 12–16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research. Assessed work includes essays, analytical portfolios, scripts, news articles, online work, mini research tasks, presentations and practical projects.

Academic expertise

Creative and professional options are taught by experienced former and current practitioners from the fields of public relations, web development, journalism and lobbying. All have excellent industry contacts and are keen to help students with their career ambitions.

Recent staff publications include Dr Paul Smith’s The Politics of Television Policy: The Introduction of Digital Television in Great Britain, Dr Helen Wood’s Talking with Television, Professor Tim O’ Sullivan’s The Cinema of Basil Dearden and Michael Relph (with Alan Burton) and Dr Stuart Price’s Brute Reality: Power, Discourse, and the Mediation of War, Margaret Montgomerie’s Screen Fictions and Discourses of Disability: Dodgy Discourse and the Moral Low Ground Continuum and Dr Scott Davidson’s Going Grey: The Mediation of Politics in an Ageing Society.

All staff are active researchers and recent articles in academic journals include Simon Mills ‘Cultural Anxiety 2.0’ in Media, Culture and Society (with Dave Everitt) and Andrew Tolson’s co-authored article ‘Belligerent Broadcasting and Makeover Television: Professional Incivility in Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares’ in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.


Facilities and features


Teaching on the programme takes place in lecture and seminar rooms equipped with high definition projection screens. The practical workshops are taught using the latest technology in our media labs equipped with the latest Apple Pro and Apple iMac computers with cinema screens running on the latest operating software and Adobe Creative Suite 6. Students can use open-access computer labs, equipped with Apple Mac Computers and PCs with full technical support. The University also offers a series of fully-equipped workspaces for students undertaking group and collaborative work. Students on creative media modules have full access to a range of facilities including editing suites, TV studios, digital/analogue radio studios, dark rooms, multi camera blue and green screen studios, video production labs - designed for high-definition (HD) video extraction, HD editing, CGI, DVD creation and mastering.

Tweet all about it! Media and Communication graduate lands a social media job at the BBC

Working in social media is one of the fastest moving and liveliest professions around – and one De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) graduate has found herself doing exactly that for one of the world’s biggest brands.

Find out more...

Your campus, your DMU


Want to find out where you would study and spend time?

We've got you covered, take a look at our Virtual Open Day to see the list of our campus buildings and student facilities.

Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for Cosmopolitan, the BBC, CBeebies, MentornMedia (Question Time), Hewlett Packard and News International. Graduates have also pursued careers in both the public and private sector and have gone on to work in advertising, SEO, sales, TV production, journalism, independent media, film, teaching and public relations agencies. Some graduates choose to continue their education by researching the media and related subjects at postgraduate master’s and doctoral levels of study.



Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.

They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.

DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.

DMU Open days

The next DMU Open Day will take place on Saturday 14 November

Book now

Order a prospectus

Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

Order now

How to apply

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Find out more

More about your DMU

Your DSU
Leicester guide


Find out why our students are proud to say #IchoseDMU.



We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

Events at DMU

At DMU there is always something to do or see, check out our events for yourself.

Come to an Open Day  target area
Come to an Open Day

Don't let us tell you how good we are. Come to one of our open days and find out for yourself!

Discover the DMU campus
Discover the DMU campus

Take a look around DMU by exploring our virtual campus.