BA (Hons) Media Communication Top-up

University of Derby
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025
University of Derby

About this program

BA (Hons) Media Communication Top-up

If you have set your sights on a career in the dynamic world of media and communications, this exciting, stimulating and innovative top-up course is the ideal preparation for professional success.

  • Develop a strong understanding of the media industries and trends in media culture and communication - exploring media texts and platforms, institutions and new emerging media
  • Benefit from our strong links with employers in media and creative industries
  • Enjoy real-world learning opportunities throughout the course with hands-on projects and live creative briefs in advertising, communication, branding, and documentary production
  • Learn from a highly experienced team of subject experts and industry professionals who are keen to share their knowledge with you
  • Challenge your thinking with new ideas and perspectives
  • Build a combination of practical and transferable skills, creative thinking and academic knowledge so that you stand out from the crowd in a fiercely competitive job market

The aim of this course is to equip you to work in the media industries, whether within the creative media industries themselves or as a press, PR or communications professional helping organisations to get their messages across.

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Admission requirements

BA (Hons)

You need to have either a HND, Foundation Degree, equivalent to an Advanced Diploma or a 3 Year Diploma in a relevant subject. When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you have already studied so that we can make sure that the qualifications are compatible with the top-up Program.

English language requirements

IELTS: 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each skills area)

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Program content

Year 3

Represent and Persuade

This module will build your skills and knowledge in the field of factual communication. Through a theory and practice approach you will gain understanding of both the communicative strategies of factual media and skills in constructing media products.

The Working Creative

This module will enable you to develop high-level skills in designing, managing and implementing projects related to the media, cultural and communications industries either as an individual or part of a project team.

Ready Player One: Videogames, Technology and Gamification

What is a videogame? Why have they been so successful? This module examines the prominent position of digital games within contemporary media culture from the analysis of games as media texts to the gamification of contemporary media culture. It covers the historical development and emergence of gaming as one of the largest of the contemporary global creative industries and examines the relationship between games, global media, technology and the audiences who consume games.

Independent Study

The Independent Study provides you with the opportunity to engage in a piece of extended research or practice. It develops your research skills and enables you to develop a detailed knowledge of a subject of interest you. The Independent Study enhances your employability through the development of advanced research and writing skills or individual creative practice and the ability to self-manage a substantial research project.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Tuition Fees

Full time

  • UK - £9,250 per year
  • International - £14,045 per year

Career paths

Our Media graduates work in a wide range of professions including PR, communications, marketing and local government. Some of our former students have gone on to secure roles in TV research, film and TV production, film archiving, radio presenting, radio production and journalism.

There is notoriously strong competition for jobs in the world of media and communications. At Derby, we maximise your potential for success by offering regular careers talks and enabling you to network widely to build up your contacts within the industry.

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