Media and Communication with Modern Languages BA (Hons)

This dynamic and forward-looking course provides you with practical research skills and informed critical perspectives, and is taught by academic staff and researchers in media, television and cultural studies, with experienced practitioners in the field of public relations and new media.



Reasons to study Media and Communication with Modern Languages 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]
  • 97.3% of DMU graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Enhance your employability
    through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement. Previous work placements include experience at BBC Radio Leicester, Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema, and many other employers in the media industries in the UK and abroad 

  • Close links with local media partners
    Including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Square; providing opportunities for work experience and cultural connections 

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

  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by taking part in the Demon Media group; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website. You can also become a member of the Media and Communication Society, Film Society, Media Discourse Group and reading groups

  • Enjoy an international experience with  #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience across the world, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous #DMUglobal trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few

This dynamic and forward-looking course provides you with practical research skills and informed critical perspectives, and is taught by world-leading academic staff and researchers in media, television and cultural studies, with experienced practitioners in the field of public relations and new media.

Competence in another language has become an essential skill for success in the global job market. By combining your study of Media and Communication with a language, you will develop not only competence in the language itself, but will also enhance your employability; a language distinguishes you from other graduates. Did you know that French is an official language in 32 countries, with a projected growth to 750 million people worldwide by 2050; Mandarin is currently the language with the greatest number of speakers; and Spanish has over 470 million speakers worldwide including in Central and South American countries and the USA? You can start your study of languages at DMU (French or Mandarin) at beginner, GCSE (intermediate) or Advanced level.

You will take a 30-credit beginners or post-GCSE module in your chosen language, which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week.


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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code:

Media and Communication with French: P3RX

Media and Communication with Mandarin: P37C

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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

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 Communication with French: P3RX

Media and Communication with Mandarin: P37C

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

Fees and funding: £13,250

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

  • 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

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

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.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2018 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




Year one

  • Introduction to Media, Culture and Society 
  • Analysing Media and Communication 
  • Networked Media 
  • Photography and Video 1
  • Language module (Basic User A1 or A2 depending on entry language level)

Year two

The modules will be drawn from the following: 

  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Television Studies 
  • Journalism 1 
  • Media, Gender and Identity 
  • Public Relations 1 
  • Media Discourse 
  • New Media 1: Design and Production
  • Citizen Media
  • Photography and Video 2 (The Documentary Image)
  • Language module (Basic User A2 or Independent User B1 depending on entry language level)


Year three 

  • Dissertation/Negotiated Project 
  • Journalism 2 
  • Forms and Practices of Radio 
  • New Media 2: Creative Project 
  • Advertising and Consumption 
  • Political Communication 
  • Writing for the Screen 
  • Audiences and Fandom 
  • Public Relations 2 
  • Identities
  • Political Communication
  • Music Industry Management
  • Negotiated Practice – Photography or Video
  • Language module (Independent User B1 or Independent User B2 depending on entry language level)

You will be taught both by industry practitioners and by academics whose research puts them at the forefront of contemporary media knowledge. Assessed work will make demands on your academic and creative skills and includes writing essays, producing research and practical projects, and making presentations.

Full-time students taking four 30-credit modules would normally expect the weekly workload to be a minimum of eight hours of class contact in the form of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials plus 32 hours of personal study.


Each year the language module focuses on language competence/skills classes and a ‘cultural awareness’ class each week which introduces the history, culture, institutions, politics and literature of your chosen language. In the final year there may be an opportunity to study language for specific purposes (e.g. business language). You will take a 30 credit module in your chosen language which will equate to two hours of language classes and one hour of cultural studies per week, learning about the country and its people.


Facilities and features


Teaching on the programme takes place in lecture and seminar rooms equipped with Blu-Ray, DVD and 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. The Kimberlin Library has a full range of current historical media and communication literature in addition to a vibrant and extensive range of relevant academic journals. 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.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, on the ground floor is a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

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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.



This is our innovative international experience programme which 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 #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



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.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the 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 now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 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 the union’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.

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