BA Degree in Communications: Media Studies – Richmond University
  • Tuition Fee

    £9,250.00 (UK/EU)

    £14,500.00 (INT)

    $38,000.00 (US)

  • Duration

    3 Years (Full-time)

    4 Years (Full-time)

    January and September start dates

  • Accreditation

    Richmond University QAA

    Middle States Commission of Higher Education (US)

  • Location

    Richmond Hill Campus

Programme Overview

Students pursuing the specialisation in Media Studies within the BA degree in Communications will focus on the role that television, cinema and new media holds in shaping current society. The aim of this programme is to prepare students to work within the technologically driven, consumer centric and globally interconnected media industry.

This degree provides an interdisciplinary, multimedia approach to the study of communications through the study of the relationship between communications theory and its practice. During the first two years of the Communications degree students take the same core courses across the three available disciplines. During the third and fourth year students then specialise in Media Studies, whilst also having the opportunity to pursue an internship with leading global companies and institutions.

Top 5 reasons to study this programme:

  • Explore the role of mass communications in society by studying film, television and digital communications in London – a hub of the global media communications industries
  • Benefit from the teaching of our academics and guest lecturers
  • Gain vital work experience through an internship in a wide range of leading international organisations in London, the USA and China
  • Develop strong communication skills in small classes within an International environment, alongside fellow students from all over the world
  • Take advantage of networking with a leading alumni community in London
  • After you graduate

    Career Paths
    BBC, Bloomberg L.P, EMI Music, 19 Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Sony, Disney Television International, Omnicom, Viacom, Mediacom

    Further Education
    CASS Business School, London School of Economics and Political Science, SOAS, University of London, University of Cambridge, University of Sydney

    Career paths for Communication graduates
    Media, Marketing, Advertising, Corporate Communications, Music industry, Events Management

  • Career Support

    We offer career support and advice through our Careers & Internships Office that will assist and guide you in your study choices to make sure you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Through internships you will gain business acumen, beneficial work experiences and transferable skills which will give you a competitive advantage in a fast-paced working environment. Work while you study across 5 continents through our partners Connect123 and CRCC Asia with destinations in Spain, Argentina, South Africa, China, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

Modules breakdown

3 Years pathway

Core Modules & Electives




Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Fall Semester

Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Mass Communications and Society

Senior Seminar I

Foundations of Sociology

Cultural Theory

New Media

Foundations of Photography



Research & Writing I



Creative Expression



Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Spring Semester

Intercultural Communications

Political Communication

Senior Seminar II

Intro to Visual Culture

Social Research

Senior Project in COM

Scientific Reasoning



Quantitative Reasoning



Research & Writing II


Elective OR Internship

4 Years pathway

Core Modules






Foundations of Mass Media and Communications

Intercultural Communications

Mass Communications and Society

New Media

Foundations of Sociology

Introduction to Visual Culture

Cultural Theory

Senior Seminar 1

Foundations of Business (required for MK/PR strand) / Foundations of Photography (required for MS and MP strands)


Political Communications

Senior Seminar 2

Transitions I


Social Research

Senior Project in Communications

Transitions II


Quantitative Reasoning


Scientific Reasoning


Creative Expression


Research and Writing I


QFC Level 3 Elective









Plus three of the following:

Plus 1 of the following:

Plus 6 of the following OR Internship and 4 of the following:


The Language of Art

Video Production



Worlds of Music

American Television Drama

Pop to Present: Themes in Contemporary US Art


Introduction to Advertising Practice

Modern Popular Music

PR and Self-Presentation in the Media


Communications for PR and Advertising

Masculinities and Feminisms

Fashion and Media


Sonic Media Production

Sociology of Culture and Subculture

World Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)


Contemporary London Performance (MP and MS strands only)*

Celebrity and Fan Culture

Internship in Communications (6 CREDITS)


Writing Science Fiction (MP and MS strands only)*

Mainstream Cinema: Studies in Genre

Transnational Cinema


Rich World, Poor World

Adaptations: Literature and Cinema

International Cinema


Introduction to Film Studies

Gender in Film

Picture of Power


Film in the Americas

Feature Writing

Media Ethic and Law


History of Fashion

Plus 4 FHEQ Level 5 Electives

Global News Analysis


Introduction to Writing for the Media


Introduction to the Business of Fashion


Gender and Culture


Plus all of the following:


Research and Writing II


Plus 4 FHEQ Level 4 Electives


3 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 3 C’s or equivalent*

*All other equivalent eligible transfer credits will be determined by Admissions.

4 Year Pathway Entry Requirements

A Level: 96 UCAS points

US High School Diploma (or equivalent): 2.5 GPA minimum (on 4.0 scale)

International Baccalaureate: 24 IB points (year 1) BTEC National Diploma: MMM.

Completion of Year 12-13 International equivalent secondary school qualification with a minimum grade average of grade of C including mathematics and English

English Language Requirements (Non Native English Speakers)

IELTS 5.5 with 5.5 in each Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
TOEFL (IBT) 80+ overall with: Listening 17, Reading 18, Writing 17, Speaking 20
Petersons Test of English (PTE) 51
Overall Cambridge English Scale score of no less than 168 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

How to apply

You apply directly using the Common Application ($50.00) or the Richmond One Line Application. In order to submit your application you will need the following information

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be emailed as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
  • An electronic copy of your in process or completed high school (secondary school) transcript and graduation certificate

When to apply

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you are completing your undergraduate programme of study. In this case you will be offered a place that is conditional on successfully completing a specified qualification and English language qualification if applicable. If you would like your application to be considered for a Richmond bursary, an early application is strongly recommended

Application process

Admission is by interview unless you live outside the UK when we may interview you via Skype or by telephone. We may also determine your suitability on the basis of their application and qualifications alone. Find out more about applying.

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UCAS Course Code

3 year pathway


4 year pathway

  • The programme is recognised in the US via our MSCHE accreditation.
  • The programme is currently validated in the UK by The Open University.
  • Major
  • Minor
  • US Federal Aid is available
  • SFE loans currently awaiting designation.

Full Time 3-4 Years

Including one year at QCF Level 3
(subject to credit transfer)

Contact our admissions team for more details:

Please note: Non US students are eligible

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What our students say

I chose the Communications program at Richmond because of the broad variety of subjects covered and the chance to learn from professionals still active in their fields. The number of contact hours and the small class sizes meant I got to know my professors and their teaching styles and they got to know me and my interests, offering a number of networking opportunities. Hearing of their experiences in journalism, film, and the arts was one of the most valuable aspect of the course. The theories covered continue to be applicable in the workplace and class discussions with students from many different backgrounds helped to broaden my horizons and knowledge of the international media. Richmond has given me the tools to be successful in the media industry while teaching me to think outside of the box.

Lucy MathewsBA Communications: Media Studies

Where to find us

Richmond Hill Campus

Queen’s Road
TW10 6JP

+44 (0) 208 332 8200 (Main Switchboard)