Turn your Twitter and Facebook skills into a career

Think expertise in social media is something just picked up by trial and error? Think again.

In March the University of Westminster launched a new MA in social media, alongside its new Centre for Social Media Research, announcing that it would be recruiting for September entry.

Graham Meikle, the new course’s leader, was quick to establish from the outset that this would not simply be a year of sitting around in a computer lab uploading pictures to Facebook profiles.

He said at the time: “We’ll be using social media to explore theories and concepts. Students will be blogging about course readings, posting online videos about ideas from their modules, sharing photo essays. It’s a rigorous theoretical degree and also an exciting and creative course.”

Westminster are following in the footsteps of other higher education institutions, including Birmingham City University – who have also been at pains to point out the academic rigour of their course. Dave Harte, the course leader there, is proud that the MA has been accredited with the Creative Skillset Tick, meaning that it is approved as a programme of study that prepares graduates for the media workplace.

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