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Preparing for your career

The pace of change in media industries and jobs means that preparing for your career is about being able to provide insights and unique combinations of experience that set you apart.

Many media-relevant jobs advertised today didn’t exist in the same form twenty years ago – whether social media managers or digital content editors. So what exactly will media graduates need in five or ten years?

Our degree offers the flexibility to choose the set of experiences and knowledge that suits your interests and development. You will gain unique skills that span different media and incorporate deep understandings of how media matter and are used by communities today. This will place you at the cutting-edge in terms of your ability to analyse and adapt to changes in the media environment.

We emphasise the importance of understanding and being critical of how media operate together – whether in journalism, popular culture or advertising – in order to see opportunities for change and improvement. Students also get a chance to develop their creativity in a range of different ways – developing new ideas and understandings of how culture operates and experimenting with new skills.

This helps prepare our graduates for a range of jobs such as:

  • Digital journalism and social media
  • Creative sectors
  • Publishing
  • Founding online media companies
  • Advertising and marketing

Internships and Placements

The BA Media and Cultural Studies is available with and without a placement year.

Those choosing the 4 yr placement degree receive support throughout the process –including personalised support before, during and after the placement.

If you decide that you don’t want to spend a full year on placement, there are still a lot of opportunities to integrate shorter work placements and internships into your studies, including:

  • Independent Research Project. Work with an external organisation in your final year project.
  • The FASS Placements and Internships Scheme. Paid work placements that you can apply to undertake during vacation periods.
  • The Richardson Internship Programme. Develop your research skills on real-world projects working with NGOs, think tanks, charities and faith-based organisations.
  • Schools Volunteering Placement. Help support learners in pre-school, primary and secondary education both in classrooms and on campus.
Toby Connell-Cooke in the Dukes lancater

Toby Connell-Cooke

I interned at the Dukes Theatre in their marketing team. Most of my work surrounded their brilliant Williamson Park show. I was put in charge of their Instagram promotions which included a great opportunity to work with a photographer and film maker to produce some content. I did have some cliché intern jobs, but got to contribute a lot. I even got to discuss how different audiences might find something in the show that was interesting for them depending on their socioeconomic background. I’ve been propelled leaps and bounds into my career, I’m now certain of what I want to do when I graduate.

Diana Judelson

Diana Judelson

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be taught by some amazing professors and tutors, whose engaging lectures and seminars took a very personable approach. My experience at Lancaster has given me a theoretical and practical knowledge of the industry I wanted to enter, and the confidence and the courage to ‘dream big’ and pursue a career in media. After 3 years of incredibly interesting intense studies and internships, I secured a job as a Studio Coordinator at Studio of Art & Commerce (London), a progressive advertising and communications agency, primarily working with disruptive brands and spaces.