BA (Hons) Mass Communications and Media

Undergraduate, Full-time

Mass Communications and Media BA (Hons)

Prepare for a career in Mass Communications and Media with this new professionally accredited course


Know you’re interested in Communications & Media, but not a 100% sure what career? 

Edinburgh Napier University has more than 20 years' experience in teaching professional communication. 

This new course professionally recognised by the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) will prepare you for employment or postgraduate study in a range of disciplines such as journalism, public relations, corporate, brand and media communications, copy writing, mass communications, media and digital communication.  

Whether you choose direct entry from college into third year, or study the first two years of our BA (Hons) Mass Communications degree and transfer across, the BA (Hons) Mass Communications and Media will give you the opportunity to explore a variety of career options and find the best fit for you.  

Choose choice, choose Edinburgh Napier.

We are a top 5 UK modern university for Communication and Media Studies (2nd of 55) - Complete University Guide 2020.

Please note: The first intake of this degree is in September 2022.

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Mode of Study:



4 years

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Course details

Mass Communications and Media offers a great deal of choice for those students interested in careers in, for example: 

  • Journalism
  • Advertising & PR
  • Creative Industries
  • Corporate, Brand & News Media
  • Marketing Communications
  • Digital Communication

It also provides students with the knowledge & skills for postgraduate study in related areas.

The programme will:

  • Develop your transferable skills to prepare you for graduate employment, including your critical, analytical, problem-based learning and communication skills
  • Provide you with the knowledge and skills to equip you for a career in Mass Communications and the Professional & Creative Communication Industries (such as: Advertising, PR, Branding/Brand Management, Marketing, Media & Digital Content Management)
  • Develop your appreciation for academic, philosophical, and professional debates, concepts and theories related to communication
  • Enhance your personal and professional growth and develop your interpersonal and networking skills

Gary Lunt is the Programme Leader for all three degree routes.  Gary has been a tutor at Edinburgh Napier for 20 years and a Programme Leader for 10 years.  Gary has a specific interest in Branding & Brand Management, Corporate Communication, International & Intercultural Communication and Communication Theory.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    Students will participate in a variety of learning and teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, team work, class discussions, one-to-one supervision, independent study, practical projects, and workshops.

  • note and pen Assessments Assessments are designed to reflect the academic and/or professional focus of a module. Students will write essays, develop research portfolios, undertake individual & group presentations, and develop research projects along with professional writing and media production assignments to set briefs and established professional standards.
  • library Facilities Our Merchiston campus, situated in the heart of Edinburgh, is home to creative industries students along with engineering and computing.

    This mix of disciplines helps create an inspiring, innovative and collaborative atmosphere. 

    This is enhanced by excellent facilities including newsroom, TV, radio, design and photography studios and soundproofed music studios.  There are also Mac Labs for creative design work.

    Inside you’ll also find the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre and library, open 24 hours a day in Trimesters 1 and 2, student support services and Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association.

Popular modules

Year 3
  • Information, Communication, and Society
  • Digital Platforms
  • Television Studies
Year 4
  • Dissertation
  • Mass Communications Project Research
  • Mass Communications Major Project

In addition to core modules studied each year, the programmes are option rich, this allows you to choose from a pool of modules which reflect your personal interests and career goals.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 3


Pass HND with grade B at SCQF level 8 in all graded units. 

Accepted HNDs - Advertising and PR, Media and Communication, Events Management.  We will consider other HNDs where primary subject areas include Advertising, PR, Marketing, Branding etc.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test. The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with 6.0 overall and no element below 5.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £13,770 tba

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

The University offers a 10% discount on MSc Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


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You’ll benefit from our reputation in the creative industries, with excellent employment prospects in the public and private sectors. You’ll graduate with the relevant skills to enter the main communication industries, including:
  • journalism
  • corporate & news media
  • creative industries
  • corporate communications
  • marketing communications
  • public relations
  • public affairs 
  • brand communications
  • advertising copywriter

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