Today more than ever before, the media play a powerful role in national and international politics and how the political world is understood. On this innovative course you’ll investigate and debate the political influence of both traditional mass media and new forms of communication. This course starts from the assumption that in order to make sense of modern politics, we need to understand the central role played by media. If you’re inspired by the prospect of studying the interactions between two of the most important subjects in the modern world, this BA is ideal. You might aspire to work in public service, journalism, or in the creative industries. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in all these fields and more. During your degree you’ll be part of a department whose research contributes to debates in public policy and cultural politics on some of today’s most pressing issues. You’ll learn to take a wide view of the challenges that face the modern world. You’ll also gain insight and experience in journalism as well as national and international politics and government. We put listening, understanding, teamwork, debate and ability to problem-solve, negotiate and propose new ideas with confidence at the core of our course. You’ll also be given help to get the kind of experience that will mark you out to future employers. We encourage you to gain work experience or participate in study trips and voluntary work. You can even spend a semester abroad. There are also a limited number of placements and internships on offer. You’ll gain the tools needed to understand the transformation of politics by modern media, and how contemporary ways of doing politics are changing traditional forms of communication. You’ll study the political, social and economic factors that shape the media industries and the ways those industries are used – and sometimes abused – for political gain. As well as gaining a solid grounding in the subjects, you’ll choose optional modules to tailor your degree. These include modules designed to help you cultivate key media skills. All our teaching is research-led, meaning you’re at the cutting edge of the discipline. In your final year you can choose advanced modules covering a wide range of topics. You can also pursue your independent research in a dissertation, supervised by an expert in the faculty.