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Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

Learn about the complexities of the evolving world of media, from its histories to its modern content and how it impacts society, which is enhanced through your joint studies of either Journalism, Film Studies, English Language or Drama.


Established more than 20 years ago, this dynamic course has a reputation for applied research and outstanding teaching. You can tailor your learning by choosing from theoretical study options as well as creative and professional modules and will be supported throughout by a friendly teaching team of expert academics and industry professionals. You will not only be able to gain in-depth understanding of the media environment and its employment opportunities, but you’ll also have the opportunity to explore new dimensions of theory.

Your first year focuses on core concepts in media and communication and examines the notion of media cultures and everyday life. 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 that is both fascinating and relevant to your aspirations. 

Modules range from Examining the Television Industry, Considering the Role of Gender and Identity in the Media, Broadcast Journalism, Sports Journalism, Audiences and Fandom, and Political Communication, through to Public Relations and Design and Production, which explores core theories and skills for graphic and web design. As this is a joint honours degree, you will study a mixture of modules from both of your chosen subjects, broadening the career options open to you.

Students also have the chance to contribute to our very own student media group, Demon Media, and put their skills into practice across multimedia platforms including a magazine, radio station, YouTube channel and website.

  • Enhance your skillset and employability by combining your Media studies with another specialist subject to help develop a diverse range of skills to open up different career prospects.
  • Join course-relevant groups and societies including the Media and Communication Society, Film Society, Media Discourse Group and reading groups, and take part in our student media group Demon Media, which comprises The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV YouTube channel and The Demon website.
  • Benefit from DMU’s strong links with local media partners including BBC Radio Leicester, community media organisations and Leicester’s independent arts and cinema complex, Phoenix Cinema. These close links can provide opportunities for work experience in real-world settings and cultural connections alongside your studies.
  • Dedicated work placements help to enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Media Joint placements undertaken at RootsCo Group Limited.
  • Enjoy working in multimillion-pound industry-standard facilities. Our creative technology studios feature a host of audio recording equipment, broadcast-standard radio production studios and management systems, alongside standalone film and television studios equipped with multi-cameras, blue screen and green screen facilities.


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

Media and Drama BA (Hons)

English Language and Media BA (Hons) 

Film Studies and Media BA (Hons)

Journalism and Media BA (Hons)

  • UK
  • EU/International

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: 

2022/23 tuition fees for UK students: £9,250

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: 

2022/23 tuition fees for international students: £14,750

Find out more about available funding for international students.



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


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 information

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


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
  • Public Relations – 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
  • Streaming Cultures – explores the ways in which the largest online TV platforms use the identity politics of race, gender, class, sexuality and national belonging to develop original serial television content

  • Race and Media  – explores why and how race is played out in media and cultural content

  • Global Subcultures  – introduces, develops and showcases key examples from current global subculture research        

  • Game Studies – introduces students to the interdisciplinary academic field of video game studies


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
  • International Public Relations – 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
  • 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
  • Future Media – explores the importance of cybernetics for understanding key contemporary concepts such as communication, information, feedback and networks
  • 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
  • Sports Journalism – this module enables you to develop the skills required to be a sports journalist (available for Journalism and Media joint-honours students only)
  • Gender and Television Fictions – examines how women have contributed to the production of television drama and sitcom 

  • Global Dissent – focuses on a highly visible (mediated) phenomenon, namely the re-emergence of global social/protest movements


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


DMU Media students can enjoy open access to computer laboratories equipped with Apple Mac computers and PCs with full technical support, as well as a series of fully equipped workspaces for collaborative work. Choosing creative media modules also gives you full access to our creative technology studios, a range of facilities including editing suites, TV and radio studios and video production labs all designed for HD video extraction, HD editing and computer-generated imagery or CGI.

Students on the Journalism joint honours degree will benefit from teaching in the Leicester Centre for Journalism, a dedicated computer laboratory for regular practical workshops, and a separate newsroom to prepare journalistic projects in a realistic environment. 

Our strong partnership with Phoenix, Leicester’s centre for independent cinema, art and digital culture, ensures students choosing Film Studies will benefit from teaching in a real cinema environment and commercial production hub. Film screenings at Phoenix Cinema are shown in the latest digital HD formats and Xpand 3D.


Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Find the people who will open doors for you

DMU's award-winning careers service provides guaranteed work experience opportunities DMU Works

Graduate Careers

Our Media graduates have gone on to work in a diverse range of fields such as journalism, PR, media production, marketing and as editors at a variety of organisations, from leading agencies such as Brunswick Group, jmm PR and AKQA, to Mentorn Media, Independent New Media, Yours Magazine and Universal Pictures. 

Studying this diverse subject can provide a springboard for a career in the media industries, but it also opens up many other options. Many of our students opt for careers that are not directly related to the media, whether that's teaching, social work, the police service or retail management.  The underlying research, critical thinking and communication skills embedded in the programme enable students to pursue a whole host of non-media specific career opportunities too.


DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. 

Through DMU Global, we offer an exciting mix of overseas, on-campus and online international experiences, including the opportunity to study or work abroad for up to a year.

Previous trips have seen Media students learn about the art of conspiracy by delving into media archives in New York at the Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy at The Met Breuer exhibition. Students have also enjoyed a tour of the historic NBC studios, where some of the most famous television programmes have been recorded.



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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