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St Mary's University

Communications, Media and Marketing (with a Placement Year) BA (Hons)

Start date

September

UCAS code

N603

Duration

4 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Nurture your creativity and develop critical insights with our hands-on Communications, Media, and Marketing degree

Learn to think critically, strategically, and creatively with our Communications, Media and Marketing degree. You will impact audiences across demographics and platforms and complete exciting practical projects. The degree covers:

  • consumer behaviour and customer insight
  • branding and marketing strategy
  • digital communications and ethics
  • journalism and public relations
  • multimedia production and design
  • media industries and platforms
  • data analytics and emerging technologies.

We have collaborated with industry professionals to design our Communications, Media and Marketing BA.

Hands-on and lively

Our Communications, Media and Marketing programme is lively and diverse. You will get to attend special events and lectures led by industry professionals. These opportunities will allow you to understand the sector’s latest developments, grow your network, and learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Cutting-edge facilities

With our Communications, Media and Marketing course, you will access our cutting-edge facilities and equipment, which include:

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London, so you’ll access a hub epicentre for journalism, marketing and culture.

We’re also a stone’s throw away from world-leading studios and game companies, such as:

Specialist teaching and support

You will learn from industry professionals and leading academics who are here to aid your personal and professional growth. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023) placed us in the UK’s top 5 for teaching quality.

Work placements: build professional experience

You can complete a work placement to build your skills and industry contacts. Past students have worked as:

  • head of marketing
  • digital content manager
  • market researcher
  • media planner
  • fashion marketer
  • celebrity public relations manager.

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Dr Jacob Johanssen

Associate Professor in Communications

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Course content

Modules

The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

80 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Home

£9,250

International

£16,320

1100 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Scholarships

Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 61%

Independent study - 44%

*Contact time includes 38% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We apply a range of teaching methods across all our courses. Most frequently on this degree, a one-hour lecture will be followed up by smaller seminar discussion groups. These allow for further in-depth study and practical media production workshops that develop essential skills.

Other commonly used teaching methods include film screenings, student presentations and guest talks by industry experts. Field trips to external organisations are also offered when appropriate.

As well as regular one-to-one tutorials (particularly when planning essays, projects and dissertations), you will be assigned dedicated project supervisors who you can use as a reference and resource for your media production work.

Most classes range from around 15 to 40 students. Seminars will have a maximum of around 30  students, but will usually be 20 or fewer. For some modules there will be large lecture cohorts of up to 190 students, with smaller seminar groups.

Assessment methods

Assessment is a combination of one written assignment and one practical assignment for most modules. You will also design and produce media campaigns, as well as undertake your own research and deliver presentations.

For your final project can opt to complete a written dissertation or practical assignment (such as a film or marketing campaign). You are also encouraged to undertake work placement that will count towards your final grade.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our Communications, Media and Marketing degree will help you develop key transferable skills like critical thinking, adaptability and collaboration.

Contact our Career Services at careersnetwork@stmarys.ac.uk for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

journalismPRmarketingbrandingdesignweb editingmultimedia productioncontent creationcreative industriesNGOs and charities

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