Media, Communication & Cultural Studies BA (Hons)

What do the following words have in common? Jayne Goble

Mass media; television; the press; culture and society; representations; magazines, newspapers and website; advertising; celebrities; ethics; war; conflict; world politics; identity; sex and gender; analysis and research methods; way of life; multiculturalism; globalisation; new networks; readers, fans and popular culture; clubbing; RAP, RnB, Disco Kandi; skins, punks, mods 'n' rockers, and chavs; holidays and shopping; video games; the internet and Facebook; iPODS; clothes, fashion and style; events, exhibitions and galleries.

The short answer is that they are some of the topics which are studied on the degree programme in media, communications, and culture at Newcastle University.

Media, Communication and Cultural Studies enables you to study how information is created, managed, promoted, ciculated and consumed. This degree is also about becoming a professional in communications - someone able to

  • apply critical thinking and theoretical knowledge
  • carry out practical evaluations
  • offer imaginative solutions through high quality verbal, visual and written communication.

The Media, Communication & Cultural Studies degree programme at Newcastle examines the following three areas in detail:

  • Mass Media:
    Television, the press, radio, print media, the internet, film, DVD, video, CDs, mass communications, media organisations, audiences, and producers.
  • Communication:
    The imparting or exchange of information, ideas or feelings. The effective exchange of information. Talking, listening, speaking, writing. Watching, gazing, staring.
  • Culture:
    The ideas, customs and art produced or shared by a particular society. The shared values, traditions, norms, customs, arts, history, institutions, and experience of a group of people. The group may be identified by race, age,ethnicity, language, national origin, religion, or other social categories or groupings. A way of life and a civilisation. Popular culture, high culture, low culture, and global cultures.

Media Students

Careers with your degree in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

This degree offers our graduates a wide range of opportunities in developing a successful and interesting career not only in the media and cultural industries, but in many other areas that require graduate level qualifications.

Our former students are working in radio and television, as well as in journalism and magazine publishing, both in the UK and overseas. Many have taken employment in the broader communication industries, like public relations, advertising, marketing communications, new media and internet based companies.

If a career as a journalist or a press officer is not for you, then the wide range of transferable skills acquired on the course - excellent written and oral communication skills, research experience, creativity and problem solving amongst many others – can provide you with a competitive edge in any graduate level job. Your colleagues from previous years are working now in management level jobs in retail, administration and education.

The degree is an excellent foundation for further study: graduates have continued their studies on Masters or Doctorates in Media, Journalism or Public Relations, but also opted for a career in teaching and completed PGCE courses.

For course content, teaching and assessment, entry requirements, careers, and finance information please see our degree description.