For those considering a degree in this area but needing further convincing, the Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are the top seven reasons to study a Communication & Media Studies degree:
1. Modern and applicable
One of the skills most prized in graduates by large modern companies is the ability to adapt and use the most up-to-date and modern tech without being confused or overwhelmed. A knowledge of Twitter and other branches of social media, how to lay up a page in Indesign or edit in Final Cut Pro, will stand you in good stead.
2. Freedom of course
If you hate being shepherded from classroom to classroom, being taught everything in lecture form and having to produce an endless catalogue of essays, this degree is a good choice. There is a freedom to seek out and research stories that you are interested in, and often a very wide range of optional modules.
3. Combined courses
Media Studies departments usually offer a number of dual honours degrees meaning you’ll be able to combine a cultural education with another passion of yours, or explore two strands of learning in greater detail. Here’s a list of Media Studies and Politics degrees in for starters.
4. Good social life
As the name suggests, Communication & Media Studies is an area very much focused on talking to other people. You are studying people, writing about people, interviewing people, meeting people. There's people everywhere. You don't have to be a people person to study Media, but it helps.
5. International perspective
The world is a small yet diverse place, both more global, yet at the same time dividing people like nothing else. Communication & Media degrees can reflect this trend.
6. Multicultural environment
The quality of Communications education at Indian universities attracts a substantial number of students from overseas. Studying in this discipline, particular for an MA, will put you in close contact with international students, giving you better insight to the wider world and making you a more rounded person.
7. No prior experience in the area required
Schools don't offer direct routes into Communication & Media Studies, unlike for subjects such as English or History, so most courses won't look for A-levels or Highers in particular subjects, just a good overall score and someone who can contribute to the degree. Ideal if you, to put it simply, don't know what to do.