Success in the competitive media industry often depends on your determination and motivation, but skills from a media degree can be used in many jobs

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

Experience is critical in this field due to its popularity. For the same reason, persistence and motivation are vital.

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.

Typical employers

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.

A range of employers employ media studies graduates, including:

  • 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.

Find information on employers in marketing, advertising and PR, media and internet, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

Media studies degrees include a mix of theory and practice, covering a broad range of subjects that give you skills in:

  • critical analysis;
  • research;
  • a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries;
  • teamwork;
  • 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.

Further study

You may choose further study because it's essential for your career path or highly desirable for entry into your chosen career. Alternatively, you may want to gain more skills and improve your chance of breaking into a career area, such as public relations or multimedia.

Postgraduate courses in areas such as journalism and teaching are popular with media studies graduates. When deciding what to study, consider your career plan, academic interests and the degree you have taken.

However, successful completion does not guarantee entry into any particular area of work but can enhance your skills and offer more networking opportunities.

For information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do media studies graduates do?

The top jobs held by media studies graduates employed in the UK six months after graduation are arts officer, producer and director, marketing associate professional and photographer, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operator.

Further study6.1
Working and studying2.6
Graduate destinations for media studies
Type of workPercentage
Arts, design and media23.7
Retail, catering and bar work20.2
Marketing, PR and sales18.3
Secretarial and numerical clerks8.3
Types of work entered in the UK

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.