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Grown-ups used to tell me “stay in school”, but I never knew that it meant more than just staying out of trouble. What they also meant to tell me was that the working world can be a tough and unforgiving place sometimes, and even though we don’t see it now, learning is a beautiful thing you WILL want to prolong. I had to learn this the hard way.

As life goes along, we don’t always follow the path we dreamed of. Childhood aspirations become distant fragments of our imagination. You may be all grown-up now, but if you’re unhappy with where you are in life, or dread going into work each day – it’s never too late to start or continue your learning journey!


That’s where The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) comes in. Whether you’re looking to switch careers because being a travel writer is your life’s calling, or simply to beef up the skills section in your resume – here’s a part-time degree in media and communication studies that’ll get you there. Either way, here’s what you need to know about it.


About the degree


The Media and Communication degree explores a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the fields of media, cultural and communication studies. Over the course of your study, you’ll delve into contemporary theories surrounding popular cultures, different communication mediums, and develop a critical understanding of media ethics.

The degree will also help you master the art of effective communication, and pick up some life-changing PR skills in the process. It’ll go a long way in helping you win over that big client and cinch that extra discount at the pasar malam.

In this highly flexible course, you’ll also have the freedom to tailor the programme to your area of interest – specialising in a particular genre, skill, or medium.

And for those of you who abhor exams, you’ll be glad to know that the curriculum comprises of 4 modules and a project; all of which are entirely coursework-based. No more taking off days to cram for exams! The degree programme runs for 12 months, either from February to January or October to September. By the end of the course, you can expect to be equipped with a wealth of knowledge, and technical skills you’ll find applicable to many jobs.


What’s in it for me?


Think of your degree in Media and Communications like you would a visa. From the action-packed life on the front-line as a Journalist, to the non-stop buzz of the advertising world; your accumulated skills and knowledge in the areas of media, culture and society will open all sorts of doors for you.

Gotta keep movin’ in this cut-throat corporate world!

In partnership with MDIS, you’ll receive a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media, Culture and Communication (Top-up) awarded by the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom. The university ranks 40th in The Guardian University League Table for Media and Film Studies, and boasts a high standard of teaching, enriched by cutting-edge research.

It was also shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts by the Times Higher Education Awards 2014, so you can trust that your degree will be recognised by future employers. The institution’s strong industry links with leading global companies also mean you’ll fully utilise all your knowledge and skills when you venture back out to the real world.





Founded in 1956, the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. MDIS has two main subsidiaries: Management Development Institute of Singapore Pte Ltd to oversee its Singapore academic operations, and MDIS International Pte Ltd to further its globalisation strategy.

MDIS has its very own fully-equipped Radio and TV studios, as well as Audio and Video editing suites. It is the first Private Education Institution to have such facilities for practical training. Students have the opportunity to practice what they learn within their academic curriculum.

They are trained to master essential skills such as handling radio and television equipment, content producing, directing, scripting, and video editing. In mastering these techniques, they are exposed to a wide range of roles, including Radio and TV presenting.

With qualified academics committed to imparting knowledge and sharing their many years of work experience, you can expect a dynamic, enriching learning experience at MDIS.

And if you aren’t on a sabbatical with time to spare, the flexible part-time degree programme at MDIS is perfect for juggling both a degree and a full-time job. You no longer have any excuse not to follow your writing dream.

Find out more!


Getting to MDIS



Address: 501 Stirling Road, Singapore 148951 (main campus) / 20 Orchard Road, Singapore 238830 (Dhoby Ghaut campus)
Tel: 6247 9111 (main campus) / 6372 1000 (Dhoby Ghaut campus)

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