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My experience with the Division of Communications, Media and Culture has been a great one. I chose to do my undergraduate course in Stirling because of the flexible, yet robust program the Division offered. I could combine my Journalism Studies degree with almost any discipline in the Arts and Humanities as well as other subjects, so I feel I can confidently speak of the program and the people involved within the Division.
Over my time in Stirling, the Journalism program has evolved to accommodate the fast-growing need for more hands-on approach in teaching, the Division has introduced work placement module in third year, which gives students a chance to understand the practical side of Journalism alongside the theoretical classroom-based teaching. The University provides students access to two journalism labs to study and further develop their skills in a newsroom-like environments as well as opportunities to write for the Student Newspaper and get involved with various media clubs and societies.
The best side of my studying in Stirling has been the contact with the people working in the Division. The lecturers were dedicated and always there for me when I needed help. The support staff were also outstanding, which was very important since I am a foreign student that needed help with adjusting to the academic life in the UK. The environment they managed to create as well as their help and dedication added to my being able to achieve a First Class Honours degree upon Graduation.
I am now continuing my education on a postgraduate level with the Division of Communications, Media and Culture and would advise anyone who is interested in a Journalism Studies course to consider the University of Stirling’s program.