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Media, Culture and Communications

Media, Culture and Communications

At Stirling, we deliver a range of flexible Masters courses in Media and Communications, including Media Management, Media and Communications Management, and Strategic Public Relations. Lecturer, Dr Katherine Champion, explains how studying at Stirling can redefine your career prospects.

Dr Katherine Champion

Lecturer in Media and Communications

A specialist in the field of Media and Communications, Katherine’s work aims to extend and deepen knowledge of how ‘space’ and ‘place’ matter to the creative and cultural industries sector. She has published widely in this area and currently holds the position of Primary Investigator and Co-Investigator on a number of funded projects with the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Carnegie Trust.

It’s an exciting time to be studying Media and Communications. How does Stirling shape its teaching to reflect this?

“The Media and Communications industry has faced major changes in the last few years, with the emergence of new devices and platforms for media content. At Stirling, we equip our students with the vital skills and industry knowledge needed to be successful in this dynamic and fast-paced sector.

“We place a strong emphasis on personal and professional development to enhance group and team management, industry analysis, and communications and influencing skills. Outside of the classroom, we encourage students to engage in a variety of exhibitions, events and conferences, all of which contribute to a rich Masters experience.

“Our staff and students are drawn from all over the globe and come together to create a friendly, but challenging, intellectual environment.”

Stirling is known for combining practical application with theoretical study. Why is this important?

“By using innovative teaching techniques and introducing regular practical assignments for our students, we focus on developing the skills and personal qualities that we know employers in the industry are looking for in an individual. This is all part of our commitment to enhancing the employability of our students.

“We believe that incorporating real-world examples, alongside current research, is a vital way to ensure that our courses deliver the most up-to-date, industry relevant teaching to students, and also provide a strong theoretical foundation.

“In Communications, Media and Culture, the international and world-leading research conducted by our teaching staff acts as an ideal platform for bringing these live examples into the classroom, and we offer students a broad range of subjects to study in an exciting, research led, interdisciplinary environment.”

A number of our media courses are delivered with international partner universities. How does this benefit students?

“The Communications, Media and Culture division at Stirling prides itself on its international outlook. As part of this commitment, we have partnered with a number of overseas institutions, including Vietnam and Spain, to allow students to benefit from a high-quality UK education, while studying abroad in a country of their choice. This also helps international students to arrange their studies around any existing commitments they may have in their home country, and still undertake a University of Stirling qualification.

“These courses are run by a dedicated team of academic, administrative and technical support staff in both Stirling and at partner organisations. Lectures are delivered via face-to-face teaching and online learning platforms, with regular visits by Stirling staff.”

Could you tell us more about Stirling's guest lecture series?

“In line with our focus on real-world teaching, a key highlight of our curriculum is Stirling’s guest lecture series. Thanks to our established professional and research networks, we regularly invite industry practitioners and policymakers to deliver the latest learnings and trends to our students.

“We have regular contributions from:

  • Senior Media Managers
  • communications professionals from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Channel 4, independent production companies, public relations agencies and media regulators
  • newspaper editors and many more

This experience is invaluable to our students, who not only hear the latest industry insights first-hand, but are also able to establish which specific area within media they may be most interested in.”

How would a Masters in Media and Communications benefit prospective students?

“Undertaking a postgraduate qualification offers students a great opportunity to study a chosen subject in more depth and enhance your career prospects. Our taught media-related courses at Stirling present an opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of media industry sectors, as well as to develop skills and networks that promote future employability.

“We develop skills in academic research both in lectures and in a one-to-one setting as students develop their dissertations, which will position graduates well should they choose to continue with future academic study.”

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