Media and Publishing

Do you want to write for a living and learn how to publish your own work on a broad range of platforms - web, blogs and media - print, video, audio and multimedia?

Students studying this course will gain a theoretical and critically reflective understanding of media while gaining practical skills as an author and designer of published material in variety of formats including print based publications to broadcast and advertising campaigns to web based publications.

By studying media, you will gain a theoretical understanding of media and will foster your ability to critically comment on media practice. Media combines theoretical and practical skills to enhance your creativity and the technical skills needed to go into the media industry. By studying this subject you will become media practitioners working as a professional writer and able to design media

Studying publishing alongside media you will learn how to create online publications within a legal and ethical framework. Students learn how to enhance their work with supportive visual content as they explore the potential of publishing to a range of platforms including interactive websites and a variety of social media.

Throughout the course you will be asked to run your own projects, design media campaigns, develop professional writing skills, design magazine layouts and websites while integrating publishing theory into practical projects. Publishing students need to be entrepreneurial, flexible, adaptable and committed, and we will help you develop these qualities

Year 1

Everyone will study Media Cultures, Journalism and New Media Publishing in their first year. You then have the option to choose one of the three optional subjects to study in your first year.

Core modules

  • Media Cultures
    • Introduction to Media Communications
    • Media and Society
  • Journalism
    • Journalism Skills: Print News and Features
    • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • New Media Publishing
    • Graphics for the Web
    • Web Animation


  • Creative Writing
    • The Writer's Art
    • Becoming a Writer
  • Film
    • Introduction to Film Criticism
    • Introduction to Film Theory
  • English Language & Communication
    • Talking to Others: Theory and Practice of Communication
    • Language Analysis

Year 2

  • Year 2 modules
    • Research Methods
    • Become a Publisher
    • Design for Print
    • Journalism Skills: Print New, Markets and Styles
    • Media in an International Context
    • Social Media
    • Journalism Skills: Features, Markets and Styles
    • Digital Storytelling

Year 3

  • Year 3 modules
    • Digital Media
    • Corporate Communications
    • Web Design for Publishing
    • New Media Publishing Project (double module)
    • Advertising
    • Campaigns and Careers
    • Advanced Web Design

What areas of media and publishing can I work in?


There are just under one million people employed in the UK media industry, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). Opportunities for employment can be found in:

  • advertising
  • film
  • interactive media
  • marketing
  • radio
  • television


In contrast the publishing industry is smaller, with 148,000 people employed in the UK. There are a number of areas you can enter including:

  • book publishing
  • b2b publishing
  • education publishing
  • journals and periodical publishing
  • newspaper and magazine publishing
  • social media publishing
  • web publishing


Our Mass Communications Programme students have gone on to secure employment as:

  • Senior Creative Designer (BWI Ltd)
  • Content Marketing (Reprise Media)
  • Senior Feature Writer (Take a Break)
  • Publishing Project Editor (Learning Solutions - Pearson)
  • Senior Digital Marketer & Web Developer (R3 Group)
  • PR and Editorial Assistant (Cubiqdesign Ltd)
  • Editor at UMEN Magazine (Jordan)
  • Assistant Director of Learning and ICT & International Schools Coordinator (Longdean)
  • Press and Policy Officer (Retail Motor Industry Federation)
  • Senior multimedia reporter (Trinity Mirror Group PLC)
  • Executive HR at (SEGi Malaysia)
  • Marketing Executive (Eckoh plc)
  • Content Analyst (UK Knowledgebase)
  • Assistant Film Director (HK)
  • Graphic Designer (Mostaix Malaysia)
  • Journalist (Malay Mail Malaysia)
  • Client Partner (Clearhead Media)
  • Internal Communications Specialist (Abu Dhabi - General Secretariat of the Executive Council)
  • Journalist (New Strait Times Malaysia)
  • Copywriter (Win Technologies)
  • Account Executive (Priority Communications Malaysia)
  • Intern (Fashion and Celebrity Gossip –

Information taken from our alumni from LinkedIn - June 2014.


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