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The media industry is changing quickly, and success depends on keeping up. If you're preparing for a career in this exciting field, our MA Media and Communications degree course will help you stand out from the competition.

You'll unpack the current and historic effects of media on society, and learn about how traditional and new media can be used to communicate different messages. You'll combine cultural, historical and industry-specific analysis with theoretical study, and develop a deeper critical appreciation for the media too. You'll also have the chance to test your creativity, by producing screenplays and TV scripts.

Once you graduate, you'll be able to pursue roles across the media industry, including publishing, journalism, scriptwriting, film and media management.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Study a range of political, industry-based, and text-based approaches to media and its communication strategies, in film, television, magazines, newspapers, fiction, graphic novels and comics
  • Research, analyse and critique film and tv scripts
  • Understand the important themes in the media industry, including media politics, media cultures and media industries
  • Produce screenplays for film and television while working with a specialist tutor
  • Develop your own interests through your dissertation, industry study, screenwriting project or work placement project
  • Be supported by a team of experienced lecturers who have researched and published in their specialist areas, and who bring those specialisms to their teaching sessions
  • Use our University research services, including open access computing facilities and our extensive library and online resources
  • Get involved in our dynamic research culture through your film and TV dissertation
  • Engage with our researchers and published experts, many of whom are well known internationally in the field

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the media industry.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Careers and opportunities

On this course, you'll develop the necessary expertise to prepare you for roles within the media and other creative industries, in particular film and television. You'll also be well prepared for further postgraduate study, such as a PhD or teaching qualification.

Career opportunities include:

  • Film and media management
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Journalism
  • Media

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.


Visit the Media and Communication MA page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!

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