The School of Media, Languages and Cultures engages with the most up-to-date, dynamic, and forward-looking studies of the workings of global, regional and local societies. Our community of researchers and teachers are of international standing and our degree programmes are renowned all over the world.
The School of Media, Languages and Cultures consists of a diverse and international body of staff. Each staff member brings their own unique set of cultural and research specialisations and experiences to the delivery of a contemporary programme with wide-ranging significance to the modern environment.
What is international communications?
Media and communications underpin almost every facet of modern life, from the global economy to interpersonal relationships and our leisure time, to how we learn about the world we live in. With digitisation and convergence only accelerating this trend, there is an ever-increasing need tounderstand the implications of these developments and to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in shaping global media and communication infrastructures.
International communications explores the complex world of communications, culture and media in their various forms – linguistic, multimodal and visual – from new technologies, politics and popular culture, to critical theory, high cultureand news media. It will train you in the theories and realities of local and international media and communication, enabling you to develop the analytical, creative, practical and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in our globalised society.
How will I study?
Classes are a dynamic mix of traditional lecture-style content delivery and class discussions, where you will be encouraged to ask questions and voice your own opinions and interpretations. In addition to theoretical and philosophical approaches, our teaching methods emphasise:
- argumentation, communication and presentation skills;
- collaboration and teamworking;
- comprehension and information processing;
- independent thinking;
- and practical and vocational engagement.
You will be assessed through individual research-based essays andpresentations as well as group work in order to foster the successful team dynamic essential to many professions, and via various digital media platforms.
Career prospects and employability
An international communications degree is your passport to a variety of rewarding professions. Likely career fields include: the audio-visual, digital
and print media industries; marketing; production; public relations; and research.
Career paths in these fields include advertising account executives, copywriters and creative roles, news editors, journalists and reporters.
Other career options include:arts or heritage administration and management; the civilservice, diplomatic or embassy work and government service; non-governmental organisations, politics and think-tanks; and consultancy, human resources, management and recruitment within the international business environment.
Graduates with a passion for language can pursue interpreting, publishing and translation roles and others may continue their studies and pursue research and/or teaching.