Explore how communication systems such as news, cinema, broadcasting and online media shape and change our world.
Choosing this subject as a Single Honours
As your degree progresses, you will be able to specialise in areas including political communication, screen media, digital cultures, media writing, language and public relations. Throughout your degree, we will help you to develop your own skills so that you can stand out in the graduate job market, including the opportunity to undertake an assessed work placement.
Programme in detail
All students take core communication and media modules in Year One. One of these focuses on analysing media texts and on media industries, while another examines the social and political significance of the media and communication. You will develop your foundational understanding further with modules exploring language as communication, examining how media texts generate meaning and via a range of optional modules with a broad communication and media focus.
In Year One, you will be introduced to a variety of approaches to the study of media institutions, language, film and journalism, but the focus is also on developing study skills, learning how to use information resources and working independently and in groups.
All communication and media modules will be open to you in subsequent years of study. You can choose modules to suit your interests or focus on a specialist strand of study such as political communication, screen studies or English language.
In Year Three, you may select the dissertation option and complete a piece of sustained, original work on a topic of your own choice. You will also be able to apply for a place on our assessed work placement scheme.
Choosing this subject as a Major
Given the inter-disciplinary nature of our Communication and Media programme, it is not difficult to find a Minor subject to complement it.
For 75% students, Year One is designed to give you the opportunity to study the same core modules as in the 100% programme and to accompany this with modules in your Minor subject. All Communication and Media modules will be open to you in Years Two and Three to allow you to specialise and consider your own particular interests.
Choosing this subject as a Joint
Communication and Media is an interdisciplinary area of study so it makes an excellent partner for 50:50 combinations with another subject of your choice.
After all, media coverage represents the most important method for communicating key issues and developments in most subject areas to the wider world. There will be plenty of opportunities for crossover between your other subject and Communication and Media, but you will still study core modules from both.
Choosing this subject as a Minor
Studying Communication and Media as a Minor enables you to complement your Major subject with studies grounded in the globally-important and fast-changing world of media and communication.
Minor students are introduced to key ideas in Year One and can select modules in Years Two and Three which combine well with their Major subject.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
109 Year One undergraduates in 2016
85% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016)
National Student Survey
95% of our students said staff were good at explaining things (National Student Survey 2016)
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
We are a long-established, forward-thinking Department with a national and international focus and an excellent track record in producing high quality graduates. In recent years, the Department has grown and we are now able to o er an even greater choice of modules, taught by staff with national and international reputations who are actively researching and publishing in their fields. Your Year One core modules will provide you with the key skills required to focus your studies during the remainder of your degree so as to develop your specialist interests and advance your career prospects. You have a free choice of modules after Year One, and our staff team will support you when you select the ones that are most appropriate for you.
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. We seek to be approachable and responsive, with learning support, extensive feedback and pastoral care built in to all of our work with students. This is reflected in our consistently excellent student satisfaction results in the National Student Survey (NSS).