Communication and Media with a Year in Industry

Key information


From politics and human rights, to celebrity and culture: you will learn how such ideas are influenced, expressed and shared. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and communication forms, analysing how they are organised as text, how they represent the world to us and ourselves to the world (from global power politics to constructions of individual identity), and how the media industries are organised to produce and profit from them.

This four-year programme combines our three-year Communication and Media programme with the opportunity to take a salaried placement of approximately 40 weeks with a relevant employer in your third year. Your placement will allow you to apply your learning in the workplace, as well as preparing you for your future career.

Programme in detail

During your first year, you will develop your foundational understanding and academic skills through core modules in media, communication and language. As your degree progresses, you will have the opportunity to tailor your studies through a wide range of optional modules in
topics such as political communication, screen media, virtual worlds, digital cultures, media writing, language and public relations.

Your second year comprises of one compulsory module, the aim of which is to prepare you to spend your third year on placement. The rest of your modules will be made up entirely of options, enabling you to tailor your studies to your own specific interest, or a specialist strand of study.

Year Three is spent on a paid placement within an organisation in the media industry, broadly defined. You will be supported by the Department and the School of the Arts throughout, and your reflexive written account of the experience will contribute towards your final degree result.

In your final year, you will choose once again from a generous and diverse range of optional modules, which may include a dissertation or independent study project.

Employability is incorporated throughout this programme, through the substantial work experience opportunities, ‘real world’ assessment methods, and tailored events. Many of our modules seek to develop practical skills – such as media writing, blogging and video-making – alongside academic skills.

We are a friendly, close-knit Department with a well-established academic adviser system. As such, we will get to know you and treat you as an individual, providing support and guidance from your very first day.

Choosing Communication and Media with a Year in Industry as a Single Honours programme opens up an inspiring range of optional modules that enables you to develop your own specialist interests as your studies progress.

Year One is aimed at developing your foundational understanding and sharpening your academic skills in writing and organising your work, finding and evaluating information resources, and working independently and in groups. In your second and final years, the wide choice of modules will allow you to choose options to suit your interests or focus on a specialist strand of study such as news media and society, screen and film studies, discourse and society, or culture, space and memory. See the module details page for further information.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

Media coverage represents the most important method for communicating key issues and developments in most subject areas to the wider world, so Communication and Media makes an excellent partner for 50:50 combinations with another subject of your choice

This means that you will find plenty of opportunities for crossover between your other subject and Communication and Media, but you will still study core modules from both. In Communication and Media, the full range of our modules will be open to you in Years Two and Four.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

111 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

97% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DHLE 2016/17)

Why this subject?

Immerse yourself in a city known as a political and creative force

What better place to immerse yourself in the subject than Liverpool, a city with a reputation as a political and creative force, with a thriving production sector and a unique cultural heritage? The Department has close links to cultural industries and venues in the city, some of which collaborate with us in offering assessed work placements as part of our programme of study.

Join an expanding and vibrant Department

In recent years, the Department has grown and we are now able to offer an even greater choice of modules, taught by staff with national and international reputations who are actively researching and publishing in their fields. 

Be part of our supportive community

Although we are expanding, we are still a small friendly Department with a family ethos, so personal interaction with students is at the heart of what we do, offering learning support, extensive feedback and pastoral care.

Year in Industry

If you choose the programme with a ‘Year in Industry’, you will spend Year Three on a paid placement within an organisation in the media industry, broadly defined. Support for your placement will be provided by the Department and the School of the Arts.

Your reflexive written account of the experience, connecting it to your academic studies, will contribute towards your final degree result, before your programme concludes with a fourth and final year of academic study in Liverpool.

Viral video

Our third year module ‘Viral Video’ enables students to develop practical skills in videomaking. Check out their efforts on our dedicated YouTube page by clicking here, or search ‘Media/Pool’.