The skills gained on a media studies degree, combined with personal determination, will help you to succeed in the competitive creative industries
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Media planner
- Multimedia specialist
- Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video
- Public relations officer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
- Social media manager
- Television/film/video producer
- Web content manager
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Advertising account executive
- Broadcast journalist
- Editorial assistant
- Event manager
- Film director
- Information officer
- Magazine journalist
- Market researcher
- UX designer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. If you haven't already done so, take a few minutes to answer the Job Match questions to find out what careers would suit you.
Media is a highly popular, and therefore competitive field, so experience is critical. You will need to be motivated and persistent in your applications.
To gain work experience and build up a portfolio of work, contact radio, television, newspaper, PR or advertising agencies and ask about opportunities. Look out for summer placements, part-time and voluntary opportunities while on your course during the summer holidays or evenings and weekends. It may also be useful to get involved with your university radio station, paper or publications office.
Some courses offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a media or related company. This provides an excellent opportunity to develop practical and professional skills and to make industry contacts.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Media studies graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work include television and radio, film and video, digital media, computer games, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice.
- communications agencies
- the Civil Service
- further and higher education institutions, such as colleges and universities
- local government
- marketing organisations
- media companies
- the newspaper industry
- PR consultancies
- publishing companies
- TV and radio companies.
Skills for your CV
The mix of theory and practice in a media studies degree helps you to develop skills in the following areas:
- critical analysis
- commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries
- initiation and development of creative work in writing, audiovisual or other electronic media
- a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks
- the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines.
Courses focus on the communication of information across different mediums. The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively is an essential skill all employers look for.
You may choose further study because it's essential for your career path or highly desirable for entry into your chosen career. For example, if you wish to gain entry to a career in teaching or media law, or to branch into journalism or public relations.
Successful completion of postgraduate study does not guarantee entry into any particular area of work but it will enhance your skills and offer you more networking opportunities. Consider your longer term career aims to decide if it is necessary for you. It may be possible to build all the necessary experience you need, while in employment.
What do media studies graduates do?
The top jobs held by media studies graduates employed in the UK six months after graduation are marketing associate professionals, sales and retail assistants, arts officers, producers and directors, photographers and broadcasting equipment operators.
|Working and studying||3.9|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Marketing, PR and sales||25.4|
|Retail, catering and bar work||19.1|
|Arts, design and media||17.6|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||7.9|
For a detailed breakdown of what media studies graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.