Communication Studies

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    6 Years

The course explores the range of communicative activities generated by individuals, organisations and technologies. You engage with key issues of our time including the impact of globalisation and the relationships between communication, identity, conflict, nation and popular and mediated cultures. The course encourages a critical engagement with a variety of practical modes of communication, including interpersonal, linguistic and institutional discourses through to creative modes of writing and the arts.

Important information

Requirements: GCSE(s) Required: English Language grade C


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Communication Training
Skills and Training

Course programme

Course overview

In a world increasingly dominated by complex systems and networks of information the study and practice of communication is of growing importance. This course offers you the opportunity to explore communication in a department with excellent facilities and an internationally recognised research culture. The 2008 National Student Survey gave the programme excellent scores, including for the quality of teaching.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Communication and Culture
  • Identity, Difference and Community
  • Major Project/Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Communication and Technology (Recommended)
  • Research Methods in Communication and Media (Recommended)
  • Digital Imaging
  • Introduction to Radio
  • Language and Image
  • Introduction to Video
  • Introduction to Print
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Communication and the Public Sphere
  • Creative Writing
  • Everyday Life
  • Communication and Political Economy
  • Theorising Popular Culture
  • Internet Communication
  • Radio Features
  • Radio Documentary
  • Video Documentary
  • Animation
  • Music, Communication and Culture
  • Language, Culture and Reason
  • Globalisation and Communication
  • Technoculture
  • Communication and Artistic Practices
  • Writing Criticism/Criticism as Writing
  • Images and Rhetoric of Conflict
  • Creative Practice in Film and Video
  • Creative Publishing
  • Creative Radio
  • Working in Communication
  • Anglia Language Programme

Additional course information

The course offers an integrated balance of theoretical investigation and applied practical work and you develop skills in the full range of communication media, including digital media, Internet, animation, publishing, radio, video and film. Access to our department's excellent facilities including radio and TV studios, multimedia studios and DVD, video, animation and 16mm production and editing suites enables you to develop skills to industry standards. There are opportunities to exhibit your work on and off-campus and to engage with communicative industries through self-generated work placements.

In the final year every student completes a Dissertation module. This is an opportunity to create a major piece of work in writing or in any of the other media of communication. In the past students have written extended analyses of political discourses, have explored in writing articulations of issues of gender and have produced major communicative pieces in multimedia modes.


Methods of assessment include case studies, critical essays, journals and logbooks, presentations, portfolios, evaluative reports, quantitative and qualitative analysis plus a range of production modes in Internet, print, radio, film and video.

As part of your learning you will be encouraged to seek work placements and to generate commissioned work in a range of modules. These form part of the assessment where undertaken. You are also required to give critical evaluations of creative work undertaken and in 'crits' where you will present and defend your own work. Each year, you will undertake Personal Development Planning (PDP) which encourages reflection on progress to date and the achievement of transferable skills and knowledge.


Up to 6 years, part-time.

Teaching times

  • Semester 1 - Mon 3.00-5.00pm and Tues 12.00-5.00pm
  • Semester 2 - Mon 3.00-5.00pm and Tues 11.00-5.00pm

Teaching times for guidance only and subject to change.

Additional information

Comments: Work placements: Building relationships with communication-related organisations through work placements and commissions is encouraged. Students have recently undertaken work experience with: Heat Magazine; Macmillan Cancer Fund Raising; BBC (Radio and TV); ITN; CBBC; MTV; The London Studios; various local and national newspapers and magazines.
Career opportunities: A communication studies degree is of particular value to those wishing to pursue careers in advertising, broadcast and print journalism, television, broadcasting and editorial and production work, communication consultancy, media consultancy, public relations, web design, publishing, human resources and marketing.