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Study media communication abroad

An in-depth guide to studying media communication as an international student.

Media communication degrees abroad

Media communication examines the technologies, practices, and policies that drive modern communications. It is ideal for students who want to improve their media skills, in order to forge an exciting and creative career within one of the many media industries.

As a media communications student, you’ll study a combination of theory, production, and research-based modules. You’ll also get the chance to develop your enterprise, critical thinking and writing skills, and gain knowledge across areas like digital media, moving image, photography, and podcasting.

As the world becomes increasingly connected, how we communicate through media has never been more important. By studying abroad, you’ll gain a unique and valuable insight into how different countries and cultures communicate, enriching both your academic and personal experience.

Media communication program structure

Media communication (often called media communications) is available to study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Most bachelor’s programs are offered as a BA qualification and require three or four years of study, depending on the program and destination you choose.

If you decide to study in the US, your media communication degree will last four years using the liberal arts model. This usually means you’ll take general study subjects in the first couple of years, before declaring your major and focussing on media communication modules in your final two years.

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree and want to learn more or advance your career prospects, you can study for an MA in media communication. These programs can be taught or research-based, and require one or two years of study.

As a media communication student, you’ll spend your time in a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and group workshops. Assessment methods will differ for each module you take, but you’ll probably face essays, projects and written exams, with a research-based dissertation in your final year.

The program content you’ll study will be unique to the curriculum of the university you choose to attend, but some of the subjects and modules most will cover include:

  • Digital media
  • Communication in context
  • Media technology
  • Global communication
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Strategic communication
  • Public relations

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Media communication study abroad programs

Media communication undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in media communication

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    Media, Communications and Creative Practice - Dual BA (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Media Communications and Journalism - BSc (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,700 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Media & Communication - BA (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    11,400 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    English Literature and Media Communications - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,300 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Marketing and Media Communications - BA (Hons) Buckinghamshire New University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    September, February
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Pathway in media communication

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    Media, Communication, Cultures (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in media communication

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    Media Communications - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    January
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Media communication graduate programs

Master's in media communication

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    Design (Media & Communication) - MSc (Research) RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in media communication

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    Media & Communication - PhD RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    30,720 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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Future media communication careers

As a media communication graduate you won’t be short of options when looking to start your career. Companies and organizations all over the world rely on communication and media, so your skills and knowledge will be in high demand.

Here are some of the roles you could be perfect for:

  • Human relations manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Social media manager
  • Content creator
  • Communications officer
  • Marketing manager
  • Advertising executive
  • Journalist
  • Web content manager

Many media communication programs include internship opportunities that are a great way to gain valuable experience. They can also help you work out what future role would be right for you by giving you a taste of what different jobs are like.