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What do LSE Media & Communications graduates do?

In 2012/13, around 87% of leavers from the Department of Media and Communications were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Media and Communications graduates find work in a wide range of creative and commercial sectors, including:

  • the media
  • publishing
  • advertising
  • local and national government
  • charities
  • education

Students from the Department of Media and Communications at LSE progress into a wide range of roles, often reflecting their specialist programme of study. Many past graduates are now employed in marketing, branding advertising , new media, local and central government, strategy consultancy and academia - to name just a few!

The average starting salary of graduates from the department in 2012/13 was £23,500.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Media and Communications degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Florencia Soto Nino Martinez

Media and Communications, 2009 Public Information Officer, United Nations

Jane Kendall

MSc New Media, Information & Society, 2005Project Director at Saatchi & Saatchi

Lisa Robinson

Global Media and Communications, 2005Project Manager for BBC World Service Trust

Sarah Bishop

MSc Media and Communications, 2009 Integrated Marketing Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Ltd

Sarah Freytag-Traut

MSc Politics and Communication, 2011 Account Executive, Weber Shandwick France

Employability skills

Through studying within the Department of Media and Communications you will gain a range of generic and specific skills.

For example, Media and Communications graduates are able to demonstrate creative, innovative and imaginary skills. They can conduct effective research, demonstrating retrieval skills and generation of information and analytical skills when critically assessing research results. They are also able to apply a range of theoretical and methodological approaches within the field of media and communication.

Graduates from this department are able to critically evaluate sources and can apply these evaluation skills to appraise some of the widespread common understandings and misunderstandings of media and culture. They are aware of the place of the media in broader historical. political, economic, social and cultural contexts and able to demonstrate an understanding of major positions of theory and debate informing the study of global media communication.

Graduates have experience in working productively in a large group or team and are adept at organising and managing projects without supervision. Graduates have particularly strong verbal and written communication skills as they are used to taking part in group discussions and presenting work orally and through written presentations. Their ability to communicate information clearly and effectively will be beneficial to any organisation, as will IT skills, which are also essential for those studying Media and Communications.