Guide to Studying Communication & Media Studies

What is Communication & Media Studies?

  • If you had your own blog, Twitter or Pinterest before most people even knew they existed, are fascinated by news, or why an image or video goes viral, or the process of getting developing for screen, then this is for you.
  • You will have to keep pace with the latest trends, tech and debates. Communication & Media Studies degrees prepare students for work in the media industry, analysing the way media reflects, represents and influences.

Why study Communication & Media Studies?

  • Working closely with a range of other disciplines, this lends itself heavily to dual courses, such as with sociology, politics, history, or a modern foreign language.
  • Offers a great insight into the way our modern world works, particularly in viewing how we react to media events, studying society's personality and culture.
  • Covers historical and contemporary media events, including those in press, broadcasting, film, advertising and digital media. Ideal for a wide range of jobs in the sector in the future.
  • There are no specific A-levels required, so ideal for those unsure about a favoured degree or who want to try something completely new.
  • A lot of work is done independently, with students encouraged to find their own stories and research into their own favoured media area.

Coursework, Assessment and Exams

  • Most courses require students to attend classes each week in lectures, seminars, tutorial discussions and student presentations: the exact mixture of activities varies somewhat from course to course.
  • The majority of work done on Communication & Media courses is coursework and project based to encourage independent thought and learning. Some have end of year exams. Many offer the opportunity of a final year dissertation.

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What degree can I get? 

  • BA Communication and Media
  • BA Film, Photography and Media
  • BA Communication and Journalism
  • BA New Media

What qualifications do I need?

  • Requirements vary between each institution. Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

What are the postgraduate opportunities

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include an MA in Print, Magazine or Broadcast Journalism as well as in International Communications, Gender, Media and Culture; and a straight MA in Media and Communications.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Communications degrees teach students valuable transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as knowledge of latest technological innovations. 
  • Particular job areas include media planner, multimedia planner, programme researcher, public relations officer, TV runner, and producer.
  • Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Media graduates, such as the BBC.