Professional development in media and internet

February, 2015

Discover how further study and professional qualifications can help you to advance in your chosen career

Do I need to do postgraduate study?

You don't need to study a postgraduate course to be successful in the media and internet sector, but the practical skills and networking opportunities that a relevant postgraduate course can bring may be beneficial for some areas of work. You could consider doing a Masters in areas such as publishing, screenwriting and media production.

A searchable database of industry-endorsed postgraduate courses is offered by Creative Skillset. Channel 4 offers a graduate training programme where you can also gain a Creative Skillset MA in Creative Media Leadership.

For more information on entry requirements and career development in the media and internet sector, see job profiles.

To find postgraduate media courses in the UK, search postgraduate courses.

Should I join a professional body?

Being a member of a professional body is voluntary for most roles in the media and internet sector, but can be valuable for networking, continuing professional development (CPD) and keeping up to date with changes in the industry.

Which professional qualifications are recognised in the sector?

The following organisations offer professional training courses as well information, advice and support:

  • British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) - This organisation supports and promotes the British digital industry. It doesn't offer courses, but membership is a good way to keep up with developments in a fast-moving sector.
  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) - This organisation works in partnership with employers in the UK broadcast industry, such as the BBC, ITV and Sky. The main function of the organisation is to accredit higher education journalism courses.
  • Creative Skillset - This is the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries, which includes media and publishing. It accredits Bachelors, postgraduate and short courses endorsed by the industry, and runs film academies such as Screen Academy Scotland. It also offers the opportunity to build an MA from short industry-focused courses in areas such as social medial, production management, online journalism and multiplatform media.
  • Cyfle - This is a training company for the creative industries in Wales. It offers training schemes, apprenticeships and short courses, including multiplatform and digital media courses.
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) - This organisation delivers training for prospective and working journalists. It offers the Diploma in Journalism, which can be taken as a standalone course or as part of a NCTJ-accredited degree.
  • National Film and Television School (NFTS) - This organisation runs specialist Masters, diploma, certificate and short courses in areas such as directing, editing, screenwriting, digital effects and production design.
  • Publishing Training Centre - This not-for-profit organisation delivers training courses for the publishing industry, in editorial, journals publishing, digital and web, and marketing and publicity.
  • Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) - This professional membership organisation for editors and proofreaders offers online and classroom-based courses.
  • Society of Young Publishers (SYP) - This organisation is for those with fewer than ten years of publishing experience. It offers events and mentoring.