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Six reasons to study Communication & Media Studies

For those considering a degree in Communication & Media Studies but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Modern and applicable

One of the skills most prized in graduates by large modern companies is the ability to adapt and use the most up-to-date technology without being confused or overwhelmed. Knowledge of social media, how to lay a page in Indesign or edit in Final Cut Pro will be a great advantage.

2. Freedom of choice

If being stuck in a classroom, only learning via lectures and having to produce a lot of essays isn’t for you, then this degree is a good choice. There’s the freedom to seek out and research stories you’re interested in, and often a very wide range of optional modules.

3. Combined courses

Communication & Media Studies departments usually offer a number of dual honours degrees. This gives you the option to combine a cultural education with another passion of yours, or explore two strands of learning in greater detail. Examples of course combinations include Communication & Media Studies with Sociology, Politics, History or a modern foreign language.

4. Good social skills

As the name suggests, Communication & Media Studies is an area very much focused on talking to other people. You are studying people, writing about people, interviewing people and meeting people. You can look forward to developing your social skills along with your professional networks – both of which are likely to contribute to success in your career.

5. Multicultural environment

The quality of Communications & Media Studies education in UK universities attracts a substantial number of international students. Studying with students from overseas with an array of international perspectives gives you the opportunity to gain a broader insight into the wider world.

6. No prior experience in the area required

Unlike subjects such as English or History, schools don't offer direct routes to Communication & Media Studies. This means most courses won't look for A Levels or Highers in particular subjects, just a good overall score and someone who can contribute to the degree. Ideal if you're unsure on what to study or want to try something new.

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