Study a graduate program in communications and media
What will I study?Interested in how people communicate and get ideas across? Got your own blog, Twitter account and like posting pictures on Pinterest? How about examining the way news stories go viral? If any of these ideas sound interesting to you, a graduate communications and media program could lead you to your dream job.
Media and communication postgraduate courses cover the most significant recent developments in the media and will allow you to deepen your understanding of the sector. You will study new media theories, approaches to social research and any number of elective modules looking at how we communicate and how best to distribute those messages.
Graduate communication and media programs are increasingly covering issues like social media and the digitalisation of news – you should expect to be up-to-date with new forms of communication.
Length of programThe length of a graduate communications and media program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries:
- UK – 1-2 years
- US – 1-2 years
- China – 1-3 years
- Canada – 1-2 years
Entry requirementsMost graduate communication and media programs are open to any student, but a background in a related course such as sociology, journalism or communications is helpful.
If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.
Career developmentA postgraduate course in communications and media sets you up for a career working in the press or PR industries. You should expect to take some work experience while studying and to also research a thesis, which could help you enter your first post-graduation job.
Communication and media graduates often go on to work in broadcasting, consultancies, advertising, marketing, journalism and politics.
You should be aware that careers in media and communications are very competitive. It is not unusual for postgraduates to have to take internships or a period of unpaid work experience to break in to the sector.
Some of the jobs included in this field are:
- PR officer
- Communications officer
Fees and fundingThe cost of graduate communications and media programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:
- UK - £4,500 - £17,000
- USA - $5,000 - $30,000
- Germany €2,000 - €5,000
- Canada - $4,000-8,000
- China – RMB 21,000-24,000
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