Add media studies to your study of sociology and you’ll be able to explore and specialise in areas such as the social impact of the new media, the Internet and other information and communications technologies, media discourse, media policy and regulation. This course is designed to give you a contemporary understanding of the social and intellectual dimensions of the media and communications industries. The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. Sociology at Brunel is ranked 49th in UK, 4th in London, and Brunel Communication and Media Studies is ranked 33rd in the UK and 5th in London (The Complete University Guide, 2018). On a four year thick sandwich degree you will typically spend the whole of Year 3 on placement. On a four year thin sandwich degree, you will typically spend two periods on work placements, which are likely to extend through the summer vacation.