Major in Media Studies

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you would like to combine the study of Media with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose Media Studies as your Major, you will study topics including television, film, journalism, news production, political communication, international communication, media and gender, new media, the Internet, and digital games. The modules in year one will enable you to undertake specialist study in the areas that are of particular interest to you.

Key Facts
Typical offer
UCAS code
Start date
September 2017
Media and Communication

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Why Leicester?

You can get involved with our student radio station LUSH, our student TV station LUST, or our student magazine Galaxy – all of which look good on a CV.

As one of the longest established academic centres specialising in the study of media and communication, you will be taught by experienced and highly qualified tutors who are leading researchers in their field.

Media and Communication at Leicester was ranked 9th in the Guardian University Guide 2014 and 7th in the 2014 Complete University Guide.

For your practical work you will have access to professional standard film, sound and editing equipment.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will take modules that are designed to give you a good grasp of key media concepts, technologies, and phenomena as well as an understanding of the media from a theoretical and practical perspective.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year you will study modules that build on the knowledge you gained in the first year. You will study the production and reporting of news, the democratic and political role of the mass media, the development of new media technologies, the study of work in creative industries, and the varied dimensions of popular culture. You will also begin to learn how to do your own media research and you will be introduced to methods and approaches to analysing media content, media organisations, and media audiences.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Media and Communication at Leicester has links with European Universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

We have links with the following universities: 

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. There is no monthly grant when you attend one of these universities, however if you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year you will study a module that explores the related phenomena of celebrity and media fandom. This module uses an interdisciplinary framework to understand the production and consumption of celebrity, drawing on theories from communication studies, politics, sociology, psychology, and economics. You will also study how information and communication technologies are used to facilitate and promote civic and other forms of activism. Alongside your taught modules, you will produce an 8,000-10,000-word dissertation focusing on an area of media and communications that particularly interests you.


Plus your dissertation

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Major/Minor Degrees

On a Major/Minor degree, 75% of your course will be your Major (in this case Media Studies) and 25% will be your Minor.


Please note that you cannot study a Major in Media Studies with a Minor in Media Studies.

Now choose your Minor

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, screenings, various practical activities and assessments, and one-to-one supervision. All teaching is by subject specialists and teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims and objectives of each module.

One-to-one teaching is an important feature of the programme. In your third year your dissertation work will be supervised by a subject-specialist.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, exams and presentations.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career or social.

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Entry Requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with some credits at distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

Second Year Entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £1,250, rather than £9,000.

    Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.
    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.
    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,630 per year
    • The fee for a year abroad is £3,657.50, rather than £14,630.

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    • If you take a Year Abroad, your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

Career Opportunities

We run employability courses on advertising, working in the creative industries, and TV production, as well as the core second year module 'Professionalam and Employment in the Media'.

We organise external speaker events, industry visit days, and other initiatives in collaboration with local and national media organisations, giving you valuable insights into the professional media world.

There is dedicated support from your departmental Careers Tutor, employer liaison officer, and personal tutors, who will help you identify goals and get where you want to be.

Media and Communication at Leicester offers a wide variety of career and professional development opportunities. Examples from previous years include:

  • Four-week, fully paid internship with Raw TV
  • Work placements at the News Centre of the University of Leicester
  • Personal Branding: Online and Social Networking
  • Talent Academy
  • Intentions Event

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering, and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Major in Media Studies BA 3 years full-time P901 Apply Now
Major in Media Studies with Year Abroad BA 4 years, full-time P901 Apply Now
Major in Media Studies
3 years full-time
Major in Media Studies with Year Abroad
4 years, full-time

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