The creative industries are competitive so media-related work experience is crucial along with personal determination to succeed

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

Media is a highly popular (and therefore competitive) field, so experience is critical. You'll need to be motivated and persistent in your applications.

To gain work experience, contact radio, television, newspaper, PR or advertising agencies (whichever match your career preferences) 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.

You should aim to build a portfolio of your work to showcase your skills and experience in whichever area you’re interested in. This can be shown when applying for further work experience or future jobs. See ScreenSkills for a useful resource on marketing yourself.

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, marketing and media practice.

Employers include:

  • 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

The mix of theory and practice in a media studies degree helps you to develop skills in the following areas:

  • critical analysis
  • research
  • 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.

While these skills are invaluable for careers in the media, they are also useful in many other roles. 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, for instance 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 or to take professional qualifications once you’re in the role.

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

What do media studies graduates do?

The top three jobs held by media studies graduates employed in the UK 15 months after graduation are in artistic, literary and media occupations (12%), sales, marketing and related associate professionals (11%) and media professionals (6%).

Further study5
Working and studying9.1
Graduate destinations for media studies
Type of workPercentage
Marketing, PR and sales25.5
Retail, catering and customer service22.5
Arts, design and media17.6
Clerical, secretarial and administrative12.2
Types of work entered in the UK

For a detailed breakdown of what media studies graduates are doing after graduation, see What do graduates do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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