This course introduces you to the media and communications industry, focusing on human communication and the role of language in communication and the media.
It is suitable for graduates wanting to develop a career in this area or for people already working in this area and wanting to improve their practice.
You learn professional communication skills and develop industry awareness. You also gain a better theoretical understanding of the sector and develop your ability.
If you would like to teach media and communication studies, it helps you gain the specialist knowledge needed for a career in this growing area of modern education.
We prepare you for advanced level study and research in media and communications and you gain a solid grounding in
* the three main areas of mass communication media - print, radio and television
* using language as a means of communication
* computer-mediated communication - the Internet
At the postgraduate diploma stage, you develop your research skills. You also choose optional modules that allow you to focus on your career needs or interests, such as digital media and communication or media policy in the EU.
In the final stage, you take a piece of independent research based on the theories and skills you have gained, which leads to your dissertation. You are taught in small, informal and mixed nationality groups led by research active staff.
This course helps develop careers in
* further education
* teaching English as a second language
* health management and promotion
* public relations.
The wide scope of the degree makes it appropriate for professionals in many areas, and for UK and overseas graduates wanting to add a media and communications award to existing qualifications.
There may also be opportunities for research registration at MPhil and PhD level in our Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI).
* approaches to media and communication
* news making
* digital media and society
* language and discourse analysis
* researching the media
* researching communication
Option modules * digital media and communication
* ethnicity, race and identity
* multicultural and intercultural communication
* media policy in the EU
* theories of international media
* modules from other related courses
MA * dissertation
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.