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Brunel University London, Full Time MSc Degrees in Communication & Media Studies

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This course provides a unique mix of multimedia and interaction design processes, design of 3D virtual reality and animation media, AV media and effects, and 3D media combined with real and virtual studio and on-location multimedia creation. Read more

About the course

This course provides a unique mix of multimedia and interaction design processes, design of 3D virtual reality and animation media, AV media and effects, and 3D media combined with real and virtual studio and on-location multimedia creation.

It not only focuses on the creative art and design aspects of digital media, but also on the theory and practice of the technical tools and techniques required for creating 3D, interactive real and virtual reality media through the development of design and technology knowledge, understanding and skills.

Aims

The MSc programme in Advanced Multimedia Design and 3D Technologies aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the design principles and techniques required for the design of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia, and an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.

On this course you will:

Develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to the design and creation of combined real, virtual interactive and 3D multimedia and tools, to assist in the creation of combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia.
Develop the ability to design complex combined real and virtual interactive and 3D multimedia creations, and the versatility to apply a variety of different design tools and technologies across a range of different media areas to realise the creation.
Develop creativity and independent learning ability required for continuing professional development, further research, and for acquiring new skills at a high level.
Gain an appreciation of the current research directions and opportunities that are available in this field of research.

Course Content

The course is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, self-study and individual and group project work. In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, results and techniques are explained, and immediate queries are discussed. Workshops and projects are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation plays a key role in deepening understanding, in developing research and literature review skills, and in applying knowledge and skills gained in the programme to plan, execute, and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to the design of multimedia artefacts.

Typical Modules

3D Computer Graphics and Motion Capture
Multimedia and Interaction Design
Audio Visual Post Production
3D Film Design and Production
Multimedia Research Directions
Dissertation Project

Special Features

Advanced resources
Our green screen TV studio lab, audio studio and cutting edge design tools are amongst our range of advanced equipment available to students. Design tools used during the course include:

Advanced 3D Technologies – 3D Studio, Vicon Motion Capture, Motion Builder, 3D Stereo Video
Multimedia and Interaction Design – Flash and Action Script
Audio Visual Post Production – AfterEffects, Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Logic Studio Pro
3D Film Design and Production – Nuke, Ocular.

State of the art student projects and placements

Assessment

You will be assessed on practical and written elements of each module.

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This course provides exposure to the wide variety of technical, managerial and organisational issues essential to effective commercial deployment of data communication systems. Read more

About the course

This course provides exposure to the wide variety of technical, managerial and organisational issues essential to effective commercial deployment of data communication systems.

You will develop practical skills through the workshop module, both to reinforce the theory presented in lectures and to gain hands-on experience. In addition to in-depth technical knowledge, the data communications industry also considers project management, team working and presentation skills to be key attributes, which are all developed on the course.

Aims

Data communications is a rapidly expanding sector with exciting career prospects. In this fast moving environment postgraduate qualifications provide a competitive edge in career progression.

This course is aimed at widening and deepening the experience of academically capable graduates and practising engineers, specifically:

Recent graduates in electrical or electronic engineering, computer science, physics and mathematics who wish to deepen their knowledge of the technological, commercial and managerial issues associated with data communication systems
Practicing engineers who wish to update their knowledge.
European and other overseas engineers who wish to broaden their education in the UK.

Course Content

Compulsory Modules:

Advanced Digital Communications
Computer Networks
Communication Networks Security
Network Design and Management
Network Computing
Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Project Management
Research Methods
Project and Dissertation

Special Features

The Electronic and Computer Engineering discipline is one of the largest in the University, with a strong portfolio of research contracts, and has strong links with industry.We have a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students. The groups are:

Media Communications
Wireless Networks and Communications
Power Systems
Electronic Systems
Sensors and Instrumentation

The laboratories are well equipped with an excellent range of facilities to support the research work and courses. We have comprehensive computing resources in addition to those offered centrally by the University. The discipline is particularly fortunate in having extensive gifts of software and hardware to enable it to undertake far-reaching design projects.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK, if you have a qualifying first degree.

Assessment

Each of the eight course modules is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two. Hand-in dates for the assignments are specified at the beginning of the academic year.
Examinations are normally taken in January and May. Successful completion of the first part of the programme allows the student to proceed to the dissertation stage. To qualify for the award of the MSc degree the student must submit a satisfactory dissertation.

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The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements. Read more

About the course

The evolution of wireless communication systems and networks in recent years has been accelerating at an extraordinary pace and become an essential part of modern lifestyle requirements.

The effects of this trend has seen a growing overlap between the network and communication industries, from component fabrication to system integration, and the development of integrated systems that transmit and process all types of data and information.

This distinctive course, developed with the support of industry, aims to develop a detailed technical knowledge of current practice in wireless systems and networks. You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest innovations in this field.

You will study the fundamentals of wireless communication systems and the latest industry innovations and needs. The MSc programme incorporates theory and practice and covers all aspects of a modern communication system ranging from RF components, digital signal processing, network technologies and wireless security and examines new wireless standards.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Aims

The sharp increase in the use of smartphones, machine to machine communication systems (M2m), sensor netowrks, digital broadcasting networks and smart grid systems have brought tremendous technological growth in this field.

It has become a global phenomenon that presently outstrips the ability of commercial organisations to recruit personnel equipped with the necessary blend of technical and managerial skills who can initiate and manage the introduction of the new emerging technologies in networks and wireless systems.

By studying Wireless Communications Systems at Brunel, you will be equipped with the advanced technical and professional skills you need for a successful career either in industry or leading edge research in wireless communication systems.

Course Content

Typical Modules:

Advanced Digital Communications
Network Design and Management
DSP for Communications
Wireless Network Technologies
Communications Network Security
Research Methods
Radio and Optical Communication Systems
Project Management
Project & Dissertation

Teaching

The course blends lectures, workshops, seminars, self-study, and individual and group project work. You’ll develop communication and teamwork skills valued by industry through carefully designed lab exercises, group assignments, and your dissertation project.

In lectures, key concepts and ideas are introduced, definitions are stated, techniques are explained, and immediate student queries discussed.

Seminars provide the students with the opportunity to discuss at greater length issues arising from lectures.

Workshops sessions are used to foster practical engagement with the taught material.

The dissertation project plays a more significant role in supporting literature review in a technically complex area and to plan, execute and evaluate a significant investigation into a current problem area related to wireless communication systems.

Assessment

Taught modules are assessed by final examinations or by a mix of examination and laboratory work. Project management is assessed by course work. Generally, students start working on their dissertations in January and submit by the end of September.

Special Features

The course is taught by academics who are experts in their fields and have strong collaborative links with industry and other international research organisations. Some well-known textbooks in this area are authored by members of the course team.

The course is fully supported with computing and modern, well-equipped RF laboratories. As a student you will enjoy working on the latest and advanced equipment.

Electronic and Computer Engineering at Brunel supports a wide range of research groups, each with a complement of academics and research staff and students:

- Media Communications
- Wireless Networks and Communications
- Power Systems
- Electronic Systems
- Sensors and Instrumentation.

Our portfolio of research contracts totals £7.5 million, and we’ve strong links with industry.

Prizes
Rohde and Schwartz best in RF Prize
Criteria for award: Best overall PG student on MSc Wireless Communications Systems with a relevant RF dissertation
Composition of prize: RF books and Certificate

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The MSc in Wireless Communications Systems is fully accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is offered in a choice of two routes. MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management – a one year standard master's. Read more

About the Course

The MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management is offered in a choice of two routes:
MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management – a one year standard master's

OR

MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) 16 months

The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. You can read more about this in the Special Features section.

The MSc in Applied Corporate Brand Management (with Professional Practice) incorporates a 16 week work placement component at a company or a consultancy. This unique feature of the work placement distinguishes our programme from other similar Masters in the country.

The Applied Corporate Brand Management programme covers issues of branding in blue chip companies, the service industry, banks, petroleum companies, lifestyle organisations, corporate brand heritage, nation and place branding.

You will examine the core contents of branding at the corporate level rather than at the product level. In other words, teaching on the programme focuses on branding of the corporation rather than branding the product.

The focus on corporate branding considers the following components:
Corporate identity
Corporate image and reputation
Corporate design
Corporate culture
Corporate behaviour
Corporate brand structure and brand strategy

You will undertake a project in collaboration with branding firms as part of your consultancy-based dissertation option. Examples include projects that are concerned with measuring the corporate image and ascertaining brand success of a chosen corporation.

Aims

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to study and evaluate not only contemporary theory relating to corporate branding, the programme will also offer you the chance to examine current research relating to the management of an organisation’s corporate reputation, its corporate identity and its corporate communications.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the issues related to marketing at a corporate level.

You will gain a comprehensive appreciation of how to apply corporate branding and marketing theory and practice in the context of a contemporary organisation.

Course Content

Our MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory

Corporate Branding Theory and Issues
Applied Corporate Branding
Strategic Corporate Brand Management and Consulting                             
Strategic Corporate Marketing
Marketing Communications
Understanding Business and Management Research
Dissertation

Optional

Global Diversity Management
International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Consumer Behaviour
International Management
Entrepreneurship

Special Features

Brunel Business School won the Times Higher Education Awards Business School of the Year 2013

Besides formal teaching and the Professional Practice, you are exposed to the myriad of practical applications of the theories taught, such as:
Guest speakers and feedback from the industry and brand consultancies.
Career talks and presentations.

As well as this, previous Applied Corporate Brand Management students are invited to share their experiences with you, giving you first-hand insight into how the course can impact your career

Corporate Advisory Board

The programme enjoys the input from a dedicated corporate advisory board made up of experts from the branding world, including senior brand executives of multi-national firms, brand consultants and design gurus. From advising blue-chip companies on brand strategy, to implementing brand communications for employees and customers all over the world, their experience is invaluable to our MSc Applied Corporate Brand Management programme. They also share their expertise with students as visiting lecturers, act as a sounding board for our academic plans, and offer placements, projects, field trips and other practitioner-based components.

Accreditation

Memberships

Chartered Management Institute (CMI): A number of Associate memberships to the CMI are open to graduates of Brunel Business School postgraduate programmes, offering discounted full membership rates upon application. Members of the CMI may use the following letters as appropriate: 'ACMI', Members 'MCMI' and Fellows 'FCMI'.

Teaching

A particular feature of our Applied Corporate Brand Management course is the use of case studies to contextualise contemporary theory and practice and the importance attached to class presentations to demonstrate the ability to apply theory in practice.
This interactive course, and the Strategic Corporate Brand Management and Consulting and Applied Corporate Branding modules in particular, allow you to engage with current industry experts who provide extra support and guidance in your coursework, classwork and presentations.

Assessment

Modules are typically assessed by individual assessment and an examination in May.

Teaching methods include lectures and informal small study groups.

Coursework and examinations place considerable emphasis on the ability to think and reason critically, but constructively.

The dissertation (12,000 words) is the capstone demonstration of these skills, requiring students to conceive, justify, design and execute a major project.

Individual and/or group presentations using laptops, PCs and digital projectors.

Modes of study

1-year, full-time starting in September: The taught element of the course (September to April) includes seven modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials/group work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Work Placements

Work placements are offered to suitable candidates where available with, for example, companies represented on the Applied Corporate Brand Management Advisory Board. Amongst others are:
Heathrow Airport
BrandPie
Telefónica Europe
Radley Yeldar
Mars
Jim Northover Limited
Network Rail
leapSTONE
Right Management
Tata Beverages
Tetley Tea

Placements take place over four months, from 1 September to 31 January the following year and previous placements involved roles such as project manager, marketing executive, brand researcher, internal communication officer and marketing officer amongst others.

Placement employers cover all student expenses and some provide a salary.

On completion of the placement, students proceed to find full-time employment in branding and advertising roles in the UK or abroad.

The purpose of the placement is to provide you with hands-on experience working with a brand consultant or a brand-related department of an organisation in the UK. It is an integral part of the course and you will receive support from the academic staff and the Professional Development Centre while on placement.

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This well-established postgraduate course is taught as an intensive year-long programme and offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices. Read more

About the course

This well-established postgraduate course is taught as an intensive year-long programme and offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of new media and communications practices.

It aims to explore:

How does the media shape culture and society?
What role does the media play in people's lives?
Is the media creating a global culture?
Are audiences now producers?
Do social networking sites influence personal communication?
Are young people disconnected from traditional politics?

The Media and Communications course focuses on the rapid changes in global media and communications and their social and cultural consequences within an international context.

Students have the opportunity to meet professionals working in the broadcast, advertising and marketing industries and we also organise field trips (e.g. to the BBC TV Centre).

The Master’s course combines theoretical and empirical study of the media including issues of media audiences together with the study of developments in information and communication technologies.

The department scored highly in the 2008 RAE exercise with a rating that made it the top department of its size in the UK. We have a long tradition of research in Sociology and Communications and all of our staff are research active.

Aims

The course will meet the needs of advanced students with backgrounds in media, sociology and other relevant disciplines.

The course is also perfectly suited for professionals in the communications/broadcast industry seeking to gain a more sociologically informed understanding of those industries.

Course Content

The MSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Compulsory modules:

Dissertation in Media and Communications
Issues and Controversies in Media and Communications
Qualitative Methods in Social and Cultural Research
Making Web Cultures
The Creative Industries
Media Audiences
Principles of Media Research
Media, Body and Society

Teaching

Taught modules of the MSc Media and Communications are delivered via traditional lecture/seminar format along with other workshops and set activities. Students may be required to keep diaries of media consumption, contribute to online blogs and engage in critical analysis of visual media.

Assessment

Assessment is by a mixture of essays, report writing, blog entries and online group work. Students also complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

Special Features

This postgraduate course is taught by leading academics in Sociology and Communications. Throughout our research we aim to tackle core theoretical questions and also engage with the international community and relevant groups of practitioners in industry, government and the wider public.

Where possible we invite professionals who are working in the media and broadcast industry (advertising and marketing; television documentary and different PR organisations) to come and talk to our MSc students and offer careers advice. We have also organised a field trip to BBC Television Centre in West London. Students are invited to our academic research seminar programme and to attend our social events.

We offer additional bespoke workshops and lectures to enhance students' employability skills, including ‘pitching yourself to employers’.

All students can benefit from our programme of workshops and informal ‘drop in’ sessions on information literacy to enhance academic writing skills.

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This course offers a dynamic programme to equip graduates for creative roles in the digital branding industry – at executive, strategic and managerial levels. Read more

About the course

This course offers a dynamic programme to equip graduates for creative roles in the digital branding industry – at executive, strategic and managerial levels.

A unique blend of digital design and technology in the context of branding, this MSc aims to fill a gap, by developing your knowledge and practical experience of both digital design and branding concepts.

You will also gain a deep understanding of digital media technologies and research methods, and complete a dissertation that involves the full design cycle.

Aims

Digital media and the internet are having a big impact in the way brands behave, interact and speak.

As these technologies continue to develop in terms of functionality, availability and speed, even greater opportunities will arise for those individuals who are able to combine traditional marketing insight with a true understanding of digital media, capturing these benefits and articulating them at both an academic and vocational level.

Course Content

Typical Modules:

Digital Branding Strategy
Brand Experience Design
Digital Design
Digital Media Technologies
Multimedia Research Directions
Major Project

Special Features

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences has been offering successful digital design courses for over 12 years at undergraduate level and recently at postgraduate level. This course builds on the following BSc undergraduate and MSc postgraduate courses already available:

BSc Digital Design
BSc Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
MSc Advanced Multimedia and 3D Technologies
MA Design and Branding Strategy

The course is delivered by a team of academics and design professionals.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by practical assignments, written exams or a combination of the two methods as appropriate.

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