Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Undergraduate study

"The teaching quality is fantastic, we have top researchers who are passionate, knowledgeable about their field and who are a constant support for our work and research."

Marina

Qualification(s): BSc (Hons)
Course: Communications and Media Studies 

Why did you choose Loughborough University?

Loughborough ticked all my boxes when choosing for University. Loughborough is not only a top university but also its facilities are outstanding and I personally like the fact that it is a campus university where everything is available on campus, which facilitate the student life. The reputation of Media studies at Loughborough has also influenced in my choice of University, as it is one of the best in the country. I was impressed by the size of the campus and its atmosphere. Students here call it the “Loughborough Bubble”, as there is this student-friendly environment where everything is accommodated for the everyday life of students. With an amazing Students’ Union with so much to get involved in, amazing facilities for lectures with great locations as well as a great community within Halls, Societies, Sports, etc.

What do you enjoy about your course?

My course is flexible with the availabilities of a variety of optional modules that is suited to my interests and that I can relate to my course, which I really enjoy. I also appreciate that all lecturers are approachable and show their passion of their field by presenting their own researches and having interactive lectures with modern case studies and they always have a thrive to help students with queries about assessments, or about the module in general.

As a current final year student, I really enjoy writing my dissertation, as it is something completely personal and tailored to my own interests. The previous years of my course has prepared me for this project and the idea of the topic was inspired by previous modules such as ‘Media in the global context’ or ‘Media and Social Change’. They influenced my choice of doing a research about the use of video communication, such as Skype and FaceTime, on students leaving abroad. I conducted my own interviews and analysed my own data and therefore, it is inspiring to be the lead of my own research.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The teaching quality is fantastic, in my opinion, as we have top researchers who are passionate, knowledgeable about their field and who are a constant support of work and research. The facilities are great as well, as all students have access to the Learn website that has all the information needed in depth about the modules and the lecture captures where we can re-watch lectures, which is very convenient in order to come back aspects of a lecture that I did not understand or updates of lectures on the most popular questions about the module’s concerns.

Have you had any support from the University?

My personal tutor has been a great support with the choice of my dissertation topic; he was really reassuring and gave me some references that were very useful. I had some support from the careers services on campus that helped me out with career paths and CV writing.

What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?

I hope to have a graduate job in the marketing or public relations areas, as my course is very broad and directs to different paths in the professional world. There are a lot of skills and knowledge that I have gained through my studies that are applicable in these areas. And Loughborough has a Careers Online website where job hunting information and further career advices are accessible, even after you graduate.