A postgraduate journalism, media or communications degree from Cardiff University is widely recognised as a stamp of quality. Our mission is to foster a unique, enriching interplay between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’, whether in the realm of professional skills or cutting-edge research.
94% of our postgraduate taught graduates were in employment and/or further study, due to start a new job or course, or doing other activities such as travelling, 15 months after the end of their course. (Graduate Outcomes survey 2020/21)
Taught by experts
Our expert and experienced staff include some of the world’s leading writers, researchers and thinkers as well as professional colleagues from journalism, public relations and the media.
You’ll be based in the heart of Cardiff’s vibrant media quarter in a purpose-built facility adjacent to the new BBC Cymru/Wales building.
This course explores the role of new digital media in shaping and transforming society. It investigates how media audiences become producers, how citizen journalism and digital culture change established norms and practices, how social media and peer production affect politics and business and how technology is related to power and social change.
Suited to those with an international outlook, the course offers a mix of practice and theory for either aspiring journalists or midcareer practitioners to gain a perspective of journalism in different media and in different countries.
Prepare for your future as a public relations (PR) professional through a mix of practice, theory and academic study, all while deepening your understanding of the PR practitioner’s role, and the strategic and operational contributions we make to organisations.
This course provides insight into how journalism and the media is changing in a globalised context – from journalism ethics to internet governance, from community media to global communications and from crisis reporting to the transformative potential of new technologies.
Our MA in Magazine Journalism prepares you for a successful career in all aspects of magazine media. From glossy monthlies and quirky independent quarterlies to weekly titles for business people, customer magazines for brands, online magazines, websites, social media and freelancing.
Our MA in News Journalism offers a comprehensive, professional introduction to the theory, ethics, application and promotion of quality journalism. It is relevant to careers at hyperlocal, regional and national level in the UK.
This course explores the rapidly evolving role of communication in political life, both nationally and internationally, and examines how changes, including the increasing importance of ‘spin doctors’, image-based politics, the 24-hour news cycle and the globalisation of media, are shaping politics.
We are committed to undertaking research that engages with contemporary issues across journalism, the media and culture both theoretically and practically.
The media industry defines our culture and how we live
Therefore, training people with the appropriate skills and strong values to work in the media industry is critically important and requires centres of excellence like Cardiff University to research and understand the modern media industry.
Internationally, the 2023 QS World University Rankings by Subject placed us 29th in the world for Communication and Media Studies. We’re also ranked 9th in the 2023 Complete University Guide (Communication and Media Studies) and 6th in the 2023 Times Good University Guide (Communication and Media).
Graduating with an accredited degree is a significant advantage when you're trying to stand out from other job applicants. Our four accredited degrees are: Broadcast Journalism, Magazine Journalism, News Journalism and International Public Relations and Global Communications Management.
Our PhD or MPhil programme covers all projects that we supervise within the fields of journalism, media and cultural studies. Our research, which is ranked 2nd in the UK for quality and impact, is organised into three over-lapping clusters: Journalism and Democracy; Media, Culture and Creativity; and Digital Media and Society.
300 seat lecture theatre, six newsrooms, two TV studios and two radio studios
Our purpose-built home is located in Cardiff’s all-new Central Square development.
This location, in the heart of the city, has created a renewed and invigorated sense of our place at the heart of Cardiff’s cultural and media industries.
We are next door to BBC Cymru/Wales, a stone’s throw from Media Wales headquarters and just a minute’s walk from Cardiff’s main train station, Cardiff Central, providing excellent transportation links on our doorstep.