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Introduction - Course Director

My name is Karyn Stapleton and I am Course Director for the BSc Hons Communication degree. I am a past student of the School of Communication and have been lecturing in Interpersonal Communication and Language and Communication since 2002. I hope that you find the information on these pages useful and that it will help you to decide if BSc Hons Communication is the degree for you.

Email k.stapleton@ulster.ac.uk

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Where is the degree based?

The BSc Hons Communication degree is taught at the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus.

How many years of study are involved?

BSc Hons Communication is a three year full-time course. It can also be studied part-time.

Why should I study Communication?

Effective communication is essential in all walks of life; from institutions such as industry, education or media, to everyday interactions such as teamwork and personal relationships. The study of Communication provides a unique opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and skills in a wide range of contexts.

BSc Hons Communication combines theory and practice. You will gain a solid grounding in Communication theories and you will learn to apply this knowledge to real-life situations. We have close links with local and international organisations, which provide specialist lecturers and offer students research and professional work experience. You will also have the opportunity to practise and improve your own communication skills in our purpose-built Communication Skills Centres.

This course is ideal for students who have a general interest in Communication but do not wish to limit themselves to one particular area. However, in first year, you will be able to ‘sample’ introductory modules from areas such as PR and Counselling and if you decide that you would like to pursue these areas in more depth, you can transfer into one of our modular degrees in second year. You will also have the opportunity to take part in one of our student exchange programmes in your second year. Under these programmes, you can spend a semester studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the US. You will gain credit for the modules you study abroad and these will contribute towards your final degree. Alternatively, you can choose to spend a full year studying abroad and gain a Diploma in Area Studies (DAS) alongside your degree.

BSc Hons Communication opens a wide range of career paths. Many graduates find work in the Communication industry; e.g. managing internal/external communications, communication teaching or training, communication research. Others work in areas such as media/PR or in the social and charity sector. It is also an ideal degree for graduate level entry into other careers, such as civil service, police, retail management, human resource management. Finally, the degree provides an excellent basis for postgraduate study. Many of our Communication graduates go on to do Masters degrees in specialised areas of Communication (e.g. marketing, management, counselling, political lobbying) and a number have completed PhDs in Communication.

What will I study?

You will study many aspects of interpersonal, relational and institutional/organisational communication, including the following key areas:

  • interpersonal communication
  • personal and work relationships
  • social and cultural communication
  • language and communication
  • group communication
  • written communication
  • communication training
  • organisational communication
  • communication research

If you would like to learn more about how we can help further your studies and career opportunities, please contact us.