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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

Media and publishing


There are just under one million people employed in the UK media industry, according to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES). In contrast the publishing industry is smaller, with 148,000 people employed in the UK.

There are a wide range of roles within the bracket of media and publishing, including:

Visit the Prospects website to read much more about each of these. This link has some excellent information on what each role involves, as well as salary information, entry requirements, profiles of employees and much more.

Source Prospects

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Skills Required:

Due to the varied nature of careers in media, publishing and journalism the skills required will not be universal. An analytical mind and other indispensable skills such as effective oral and written communication, problem-solving, data analysis and independent thought that you should gain from your degree will be useful.

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Career Destinations

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BBC journalism trainee scheme

National Careers Service

Our Graduates:

Jon Sopel

Course: BSc Politics and Sociology
Current position: Presenter of the BBC Politics Show and senior anchor during the week for the News Channel
Year of Graduation: 1981

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Photo of Kenny McCarthy
From working in the third sector to playing regular football for the Social Sciences team, the skills I have developed at Southampton will prove invaluable in any future job.

Study abroad and exchanges

Current students: Take part in exchanges with partner institutions outside the UK. Overseas students: Study Social Sciences in the UK via our bespoke 'Studyabroad@Southampton' pathways.

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