Communication and Media

Key information


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The world we live in is dominated by media in many forms: From entertainment and culture through news and social media to politics and promotion, the media shapes our understanding of what we know and what we consume. Whether you want to work in one of these areas, to research their impact or simply to understand more about our relationship with media, this programme provides a thorough introduction with plenty of opportunities to develop specialist skills.

A wide range of optional modules allow students to pursue their own interests and focus on particular 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. But we teach all of our students to acquire strong research skills and they are given the opportunity to practice them through independent or collaborative research.

This programme can also be studied over four years, with the third year spent on a relevant, salaried work placement. Visit the BA Communication and Media with a Year in Industry course page for further information. Students can transfer to the Year in Industry version of the programme after their first year if they wish.

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. Students also take dedicated research-focused modules in their second and final year.

Employability is incorporated throughout the programme, including within modules, through ‘real world’ assessment methods and at tailored events. Many of our modules seek to develop practical skills – such as media writing, blogging, analysis of social media data and video-making – alongside academic skills, and final year students have opportunities to undertake a relevant work placement or their own independent research.

We are a friendly, close-knit Department with well-established systems to support you to make the most of your abilities. As such, we will get to know you and treat you as an individual, providing support and guidance from your very first day.

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 Three.

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’.

Our plans for teaching 2021/22

Over the last year, we have delivered teaching to suit a range of circumstances, within UK Government guidelines. Take a look at our plans for delivering teaching from September.