Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP34 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP3I 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP35 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: LP36 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Our BSc (Hons) Media and Communication course will give you an intensive and challenging look into twenty-first-century communication.
Media and communications are central to nearly all societal debates. Understanding the impact contemporary communication has on society, government and business is an essential requirement in the modern workplace.
This course draws on the latest media and communication research. You’ll study topics from theories of media power, regulation and audiences, to ‘big data’, digital platforms and international communication.
You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of media and communication in the twenty-first century. This will give you a valuable grounding if you’d like to work in media, research, PR or marketing for a wide and varied range of sectors.
What you will study
Our BSc (Hons) Media and Communication course will give you a comprehensive education in contemporary media and communications in global, digital societies. You will discover:
Theories of media power, politics, media and digital regulation
This course covers a wide range of media forms and cultures. It includes sociological critiques of some of the latest technological changes, including platform societies.
Our course is one of the few undergraduate Media and Communication courses in the UK offering modules on ‘big data’ and the sociology of datafication. You’ll develop a solid grounding in social science which you can apply to a range of careers in media, research, public relations, marketing, business and beyond.
Our course is thoroughly research-led, with excellent work on digital media happening within our Digital Societies research group. All of this feeds into what you’ll learn on the course.
"The university is a great place to gain new knowledge and to challenge me.” Dasha Nadina, student
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our graduates enter a wide range of careers in the UK and abroad. Sectors include public relations, journalism, broadcast media, advertising, digital industries, market research, media and communication management and research.
Our BSc (Hons) Media and Communication course will build your ability to analyse complex issues and reach sound conclusions. This is highly desirable for a variety of careers in business, government or third-sector organisations.
About a quarter of undergraduate students in the Department of Sociology go on to postgraduate study.
If you take the opportunity to complete a Professional Training placement, you will also build experience and a network of contacts that other graduates will not have.
You will graduate with excellent analytical and research skills, valuable knowledge of quantitative methods and the ability to communicate well. You will also have gained a particular understanding of a wide range of media and digital communication, which will provide a valuable initial grounding if you wish to move towards media-related careers.
Graduates over the last few years have secured roles such as:
Channel Planning Assistant, UKTV
PR Coordinator, NBC Universal
Media Analyst, Kantar Media
Production Secretary, Comic Relief
Social Media Executive, Hotelplan
Corporate Communications Account Manager, Surrey Police
Sales Executive, Global Data
BSc (Hons): BBC
Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Media and Communication placements
The Department of Sociology’s Professional Training partners include:
The Walt Disney Company Ltd
TVB1 (Hong Kong)
Moving Picture Company
Gloucestershire County Council
The process of preparing and applying for placement jobs significantly enhances your job-seeking skills, which come into play in your final year and beyond when you apply for graduate employment.
After graduation, many of our students take up permanent posts with their Professional Training placement employer. Our students tend to return to their final year significantly more confident and with enhanced career aspirations and prospects, so you are likely to be more focused, perform better and achieve better results.
Placements opportunities are selected according to your interests, career plans and location preferences. Many placements are paid, usually in the region of £12,000-£15,000 a year.
If you choose to take an unpaid placement, you can claim additional financial support and may also work a reduced amount of time.
"I would really recommend doing a professional training placement for those considering it. It gives you such a great insight into what you want to do in the future. It also builds you as a person and increases your confidence so much." Shannon O’Donnell, student
"I learnt that I have a lot of drive and determination in me. When I was trying to apply to this role, having never worked in the games industry, I naturally doubted myself. But I worked hard and was really driven, which has led to a lot of successes for me." Hannah Dytianquin, student
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You have the option of studying abroad with one of our partner universities in your second year. Study abroad at other partners is possible for one or two semesters in your Professional Training year. These include:
Universitat Tubingen, Germany
CEU San Pablo, Spain
George Mason University, US
The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, US
University of Virginia, US
California State University, Los Angeles, US
Virginia Commonwealth University, US
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Seoul National University, South Korea
Brock University, Canada
University of Cincinnati, US
North Carolina State University, US
University of Central Florida, US
University of North Texas, US
Texas Tech University, US
Monash University, Australia
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
La Trobe University, Australia
University of Sydney, Australia
University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand
University of Wollongong, Australia
Hong Kong Polytechnic University