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Media and Communication Studies

As the media and communication sector becomes ever more diverse and dynamic, degrees in the field of media and communication studies are also growing in popularity. Read our guide to see if this could be the right subject area for you, and to find out about the different specializations and careers paths you could pursue.

Did you have your own blog, Twitter account and Pinterest board before most people even knew what those words meant? Are you fascinated by the way a news story gains momentum, an image or video goes viral, or the whole process that goes into getting an idea from script to screen?

If any of these applies to you, then you may be heading for a media and communication degree. This relatively young academic discipline once had a lot to prove, but in today’s media-dominated cultural landscape, media and communications have become some of the most relevant, exciting and powerful subjects you could choose to study.

Key Skills

Common skills gained from a media and communication degree include:

  • Specialist industry knowledge and experience
  • Analytical skills
  • Professional communication, spoken and written
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to identify essential issues/facts
  • Awareness of different cultural contexts
  • General research skills
  • General IT skills
  • Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines
  • Good instinct for a captivating story, image or headline
  • Ability to anticipate future trends and keep pace with new technologies