Global Communication and Media (Dual Degree) BA (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time with year abroad
3.5 years full-time with a year abroad
Start Date
September 2022


Entertainment and information media now influence almost every part of our lives, while the emergence of global communication technologies has changed how we consume, create and share media across social, cultural, geographic, political and economic divides.

Set yourself up for a career as a global media professional capable of navigating this challenging yet exciting environment on this Global Communication and Media dual degree.

You'll study in Portsmouth and spend a year at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia.

Course highlights

  • Discover how effective communication can contribute to a more tolerant and inclusive society
  • Explore the latest professional techniques and methodologies used by national and international journalists, film directors, broadcasters and media professionals
  • Use the latest digital technologies and facilities such as a fully equipped newsroom and broadcasting studios
  • Learn from expert staff with industry-relevant experience who are engaged in research projects that analyse and inform the future of communication and media
  • Boost your CV with opportunities to go on work placements and work on projects with local, national and global organisations
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

This course is a dual degree (also known as a double degree).

When you complete the course successfully, you'll have 2 degrees – one from the University of Portsmouth and one from Edith Cowan University.

Dual degrees allow you to achieve 2 degrees in 3.5 or 4 years rather than 6 years.

You'll benefit from a global education experience and the high-calibre teaching expertise, latest research and modern facilities at two universities. You'll also develop a more comprehensive knowledge of communication and media than on a single degree and gain an understanding of different cultures, which will help you work more effectively with people from different backgrounds.

All of this will help you stand out in a competitive job market after you graduate.

You'll be based in Portsmouth in years 1 and 2, and for 6 months at the end of the course. You'll spend year 3 in Perth, Western Australia at Edith Cowan University.

You'll get support with travel arrangements, visas, finding accommodation and accessing loans and other funding that can help pay for your study and living costs when you're in Australia.

Edith Cowan University is one of the top 100 young universities in the world one of the top 100 universities in the Asia-Pacific regions (Times Higher Education 2019 and 2020). The Good Universities Guide 2021 gives the University 5 out of 5 stars for its learner resources, student support, teaching quality and overall experience.

Like Portsmouth, Perth offers a mix of city and outdoor living. It's a great base for exploring Western Australia and beyond.

Focusing on your interests

You can shape your degree to your interests, strengths and career aspirations by choosing specific optional modules.

You'll graduate with one of the following exit awards alongside your BA Global Media and Communication degree from Edith Cowan University:

  • BA (Hons) Media and Journalism
  • BA (Hons) Screen Media and Cultural Studies

Entry requirements​

Typical offer
  • A levels – AAB–BBB
  • UCAS points - 120–136 points from 3 A levels or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDD-DDM
Selection process
  • Applicants may need to attend an interview in support of their application.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Ideal skills and qualities for this course

In addition to meeting the course entry requirements and having an interest in the subject area, we're looking for the following skills and abilities:

  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • problem-solving and decision-making ability
  • a commitment to research and continuing professional development (CPD)
  • ability to work under pressure and cope with stressful situations
  • a critical and creative approach to work
  • IT skills

We'll support you in developing these qualities further on the course.

Facilities and specialist kit

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Eldon TV studios and CCI TV

Learn the skills you need to work in video/audio production and broadcasting and get involved in our student-led TV channel, CCI TV.

Explore the studios

Students in the CCI newsroom


Engage in hands-on learning and practical workshops, using the same hardware and software as news professionals in the industry.

More about the newsroom

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Equipment loan stores

Whatever your work, you can borrow computers and professional-standard film, photography, lighting, and performance equipment from our loan stores in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. 

Television broadcasting hub


Create stunning works for film, TV, music, gaming and immersive reality in the UK's first integrated facility of its kind.

Explore CCIXR

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Open Access Suite

Our open-plan space includes PCs and Macs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite and other professional software.

Explore Suite

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Professional TV and film cameras

Broadcast and film in crystal clarity with our range of industry-level Sony, JVC and Canon cameras.

Careers and opportunities

It's predicted the world’s entertainment and media sector revenue will grow to be worth more than $2.6 trillion by 2025. This should create significant demand for media and communications graduates.

When you complete this course, you'll have the knowledge and professional skills that will set you up for a career in media and communications in the UK and beyond, in public or private organisations or as a freelancer.

You could also use the communication, team working and research skills you develop in other sectors.

What areas can you work in with a global communication and media degree?

Areas you could work in include:

  • journalism
  • media research
  • film and video production/direction
  • scriptwriting
  • broadcasting – scheduling, video editing, production management
  • public relations
  • marketing
  • corporate communications
  • advertising

You could also go onto postgraduate study, for example by studying an MA or MRES.

Graduate destinations

Previous Portsmouth graduates have gone onto work for organisations such as:

  • Sky
  • Premier League Productions
  • Disney UK
  • Discovery UK
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vogue
  • BBC
  • Channel 4

Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

​What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth 15, 20 or 40 credits. You need to study modules worth 120 credits in years 1, 2 and 3 and study modules worth 60 credits in year 4.

The modules you study depend on which area you want to specialise in. You can choose one of the following pathways:

  • Screen, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Media and Journalism

Modules (indicative)

Screen, Media and Cultural Studies modules

  • Introduction to Media Studies – 20 credits
  • Television Production Practices – 40 credits
  • Eportfolio for Film and Television – 20 credits
  • Film Craft – 20 credits
  • Film, Language and Representation – 20 credits

Media and Journalism modules

  • Introduction to Media Studies – 20 credits
  • Television Production Practices – 40 credits
  • Journalism in Context – 20 credits
  • Reporting – 20 credits
  • Law for Journalists – 20 credits

Screen, Media and Cultural Studies modules

Core modules:
  • Screen Media – 20 credits
  • Media, Culture and National Identity – 20 credits
Optional modules:
  • Finding Form – Fiction – 20 credits
  • Production: Camera and Editing – 20 credits
  • Film Production Practices – 20 credits
  • Script Writing – 20 credits
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies – 20 credits
  • Creative Writing for Film – 20 credits
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture – 20 credits
  • Gender and the Media – 20 credits
  • Writing for the Screen – 20 credits
  • Production – Short Film-Making – 20 credits
  • Professional Experience – 20 credits
  • Student Enterprise – 20 credits

Media and Journalism modules

Core modules:
  • Feature Writing and News Analysis – 20 credits
  • Smartphone Journalism – 20 credits
Optional modules:
  • Propaganda – 20 credits
  • Screen Media – 20 credits
  • Investigative Journalism – 20 credits
  • Finding Form – Nonfiction – 20 credits
  • Production: Camera and Editing – 20 credits
  • Specialist Journalism (Music, Sport or Fashion and Lifestyle) – 20 credits
  • Student Enterprise – 20 credits
  • Social Journalism Theory – 20 credits
  • Press and PR – 20 credits
  • Newsbeat – 20 credits
  • Factual Media Production – 20 credits
  • Professional Experience – 20 credits

Screen, Media and Cultural Studies modules

Core modules:
  • Audience Perception and Experience – 15 credits
  • Industry and Community – 15 credits
  • Personal and Professional Planning – 15 credits
  • Media, Identity and Social Justice – 15 credits
Optional modules:
  • Filmosophy – 15 credits
  • Screen Practice 3: Art and Auteurs – 15 credits
  • Screen Evolution – 15 credits
  • Screen Practice 4: Production House – 15 credits
  • Documentary, Technology and Experience – 15 credits
  • New Media and Social Influence – 15 credits
  • From Fiction to Film – 15 credits

Media and Journalism modules

Core modules:
  • Audience Perception and Experience – 15 credits
  • Industry and Community – 15 credits
  • Personal and Professional Planning – 15 credits
  • Media, Identity and Social Justice – 15 credits
Optional modules:
  • Audio Storytelling – 15 credits
  • Investigative Journalism – 15 credits
  • Digital Media Activism – 15 credits
  • Global Communications – 15 credits
  • Convergent Digital Newsroom – 15 credits
  • Visual Storytelling – 15 credits
  • New Media and Social Influence – 15 credits
  • Photojournalism and Editorial Practice – 15 credits
  • Screen Practice 2: Factuals and Formats – 15 credits

Screen, Media and Cultural Studies modules

Core module:
  • Final Project Communication and Media – 40 credits
Optional modules:
  • Documentary Film-Making – 20 credits
  • TV Drama and Society – 20 credits

Media and Journalism modules

Core module:
  • Final Project Communication and Media – 40 credits
Optional modules:
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights – 20 credits
  • Digital Media and Democracy – 20 credits

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops

You'll also experience "flipped learning". This is where you're introduced to the learning material before the teaching session and then deepen your understanding through discussion with peers and problem-solving activities, facilitated by lecturers.

Many of the teaching staff are from relevant journalism, media and film industry backgrounds and have worked as journalists, news producers, researchers, film directors, film editors, factual and documentary filmmakers, multimedia specialists cinematographers and other relevant roles.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

  • practical assessments
  • video, blog and infographic submissions
  • essays
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your dual degree.

In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes and workshops for about 18 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2, 3 and 4 but this depends which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

The academic year at University of Portsmouth runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

You'll finish your final year in December.

The academic year at Edith Cowan University runs from February to November with breaks at Easter and in June. It's divided into 2 semesters and 2 exam periods:

  • February to May – semester 1 (includes Easter break)
  • June – exam period 1
  • July to October – semester 2
  • November – exam period 2

You'll start year 3 at ECU in semester 2 in July, finishing in semester 1 in May.

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

You'll have a personal tutor from the University of Portsmouth and a country link tutor from Edith Cowan University when you're studying in Perth in year 3.

Your personal tutors help you make the transition to independent study and give you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with them in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support. They'll be available virtually in year 3 when you're in Australia.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • Years 1 and 2 – £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385
  • Year 4 – £4,625

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

  • Years 1 and 2 – £9,250 a year
  • Year 3 – £1,385
  • Year 4 – £4,625

Includes Transition Scholarship. Fees may be subject to annual increase.

  • Year 1 – £15,500
  • Year 2 – £16,200
  • Year 3 – to be confirmed
  • Year 4 – to be confirmed

Fees may be subject to annual increase.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You'll need to cover your living costs and pay additional costs of £3,000–£4,000 to cover travel to and from Australia in year 3. You can cover these costs using a UK Government student loan.

The Edith Cowan University website has information on your accommodation options.


How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P900
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

Don't worry if you change your mind about studying abroad after you start the course. It's easy to transfer to a similar course once you're at Portsmouth or study this course as a single degree if you decide not to attend Edith Cowan University in year 3.

Come to an Open Day

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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