Communication and Media

Loughborough has long been recognised as an international centre of academic excellence and for our cutting-edge interdisciplinary work in communication and media

1st in the UK for Communication and Media Studies Complete University Guide 2025
2nd in the UK for Communication and Media Studies The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects in Communication and Media Studies The Complete University Guide 2025
100% of Communication, Culture and Media research impact rated 'world-leading' Research Excellence Framework 2021

Communication and Media at Loughborough

Communication and Media, a department in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, offers a rich variety of taught postgraduate master’s programmes and postgraduate research opportunities relating to media, communication and culture. Our students and researchers pursue the analysis of communication and media, which is essential for making sense of how power and influence work in today’s complex, turbulent world.

Research degrees

In addition to our exciting range of taught programmes, there are also a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to join us as a doctoral researcher. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of PhD opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you.

Browse our PhD opportunities

Research and teaching

Loughborough is home to world-leading, original, and internationally-excellent research in communication and media. Our research is characterised by a distinctive multi-scale, interdisciplinary approach, ranging from the micro-dynamics of interpersonal interaction rooted in social psychology to the macro-dynamics of mediated communication and culture grounded in political science and sociology.

Our courses are delivered by an internationally renowned interdisciplinary team, through the use of contemporary case studies and research-informed applied teaching and learning. These courses provide training in media, communications, digital culture, sociological and anthropological theory, as well as quantitative and qualitative methods. These analytical and research skills are highly valued by global businesses, particularly those in the media and creative sectors.

Links with industry

We use a diversity of methods for data gathering and analysis and collaborate globally with universities, major companies, and other high-profile stakeholders including major policy and industry players such as Council of Europe, Ofcom, European Broadcasting Union, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, and the British Museum to deliver fundamental and applied research of exceptional quality.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in industries including television, marketing, academia and publishing. They work for companies and organisations such as Baidu, China Development Research Foundation, CCTV, Elsevier Ltd, Image Line Communication, Institute of Psychiatry, Lane Crawford Ltd, Metropolitan Police Service, Oxfam, Viacom, and X-Pert Med GmbH.