• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2021

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

Digital technology is causing large scale economic and social disruption which is impacting on how people select and buy goods and services and their perceptions and relationships with brands. The old landscape of 30 sec TV ads and press releases is being replaced by a growing range of new types of marketing communications on an ever growth selection of media platforms and technologies, accessed on demand where and when the consumer wants. In the UK alone 62% of marketing communication expenditure is already to be found on digital platforms ( WARC April 2019) and the emergence of 5G technology will see this grow even further.

Clients, agencies, media owners, technology companies and management consultancies are all vying to provide marketing and media communications expertise for this new landscape. This is creating a demand for graduates with the skills that can demonstrate how to develop and deploy effective marketing and media communications in this new world. Based upon the successful experiences of our previous advertising and PR courses, and working with industry experts, we have created a course to do just this.

You’ll cover everything from basics of design and creativity, to how agencies, clients and media owners operate in this landscape, to the role of technology in the marketing communications process.

Our teaching team will cover new trends as they emerge and discuss the latest challenges global brands are facing. You will:

  • Put your skills into practice with live industry briefs for brands such as O2, VW and Selfridges
  • Boost your skills using our links with the School of Media and Creative Industries and   Computing
  • Start preparing you for your career from day one and explore different roles in the industry
  • Be close to London and benefit from our links with big businesses in the City.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


At Bucks, we have an impressive network of industry connections. To create this course, we spent time talking to a range of employers and researching what skills our graduates really need to build a career in this sector.

You’ll get a lot out of this course whether you’re interested in media, business, communications, or psychology. It’s also a great opportunity for mature students to switch their career path.

Your marketing toolkit

In your first year, you’ll develop a toolkit of skills, from how to create media content to understanding consumers and the role of marketing communications on a global level. We’ll also address your perceptions of the industry to help you understand and explain different industry career routes.

You’ll explore theory and then put it into practice. So in your first week, we’ll challenge you to work on a live brief from a local company, working with 2nd and 3rd students, as fore runner of what is to come on the rest of the course.

Preparing for the future

As you move into your second year, your modules will continue to combine theory and practice. Working with the Media School, you’ll learn how to turn a storyboard into a video. And, with support from the digital teaching team, you’ll explore digital technology and how it impacts marketing.

At the same time, we’ll continue to encourage you to think about your future. Do you think you’d enjoy agency life? Would you prefer to work in-house for a client instead? How about a more strategic role in management consultancy?

This will be supported by practical exercises on understanding how to plan and deploy modern marketing communications plans and assessing how they have worked using industry standard research tools.

We’ll talk to you about your dissertation and encourage you to spend your summer on placement before entering your final year. You might even end up doing a work-based project.

Have you got what it takes?

In your final year, your lecturers will shift from teacher to mentor. They’ll encourage you to debate current topics – and we expect you to behave in a way that sees you develop into a potential young executive in waiting.

You’ll spend some time re -examining theories – we’ll see if it’s changed or been influenced by technology, and debate whether this has altered the roles of marketers and clients and what this means for your career choices.

You will also explore new topics too. You’ll look at areas like managing corporate reputation. We’ll explain how this influences internal communications and monitoring of conversation around a brand and how it relates to share prices and consumer perceptions of brands.

Across the course you will get the opportunity to network with Industry and we will finish the course with some big live briefs from agencies and brands.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge & Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Introduction to Business Studies

Year 1 Modules

  • Global Business Environment
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Principles of Creative Theory and Practice
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Career Viewpoint
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Data Insights for Business Decisions

Year 2 Modules

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications Management
  • The Media Business
  • Modern Marketing Metrics
  • Marketing Communications Planning
  • Creative Content Development & Production
  • Digital Business and New Technologies
  • Customer Experience

Year 3 Modules

  • Research Methods
  • Digital and E-Commerce Strategy
  • The Consumer-Brand Relationship
  • Corporate Communications and Content Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications Strategy and Planning
  • Dissertation (optional)
  • Consultancy Project (optional)
  • Strategic Ability (optional)
  • International Marketing Management (optional)


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

By the end of the course, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles, from communications planning, to client liaison, creative development, digital buying and marketing and media consultancy. Recent graduates are working with the WPP, Omnicom, Publicis and Interpublic Group agencies, for Sky and EY consultancy, whilst others have gone on to found their agencies  and client companies.

And this degree could take you anywhere. We have alumni in China, USA, and Australia and across Europe. They keep in touch with us too – and we think this really shows they know their success story started at Bucks.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.