Major in Media Studies BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2019

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

Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
P901
Department
Media and Communication

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Course description

Course description

If you choose Media Studies as your Major, you will study topics including television, audiences, news production, celebrity culture, new media and the Internet. The modules in year one will enable you to undertake specialist study in your second and final years.

Entry requirements

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. 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall with a minimum of 16 points at higher level.
  • 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

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2019

  • £16,700 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,175, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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

Related courses

Related courses

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 histories, concepts, technologies, and phenomena as well as an understanding of the media from a theoretical and practical perspective.

Modules

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, and the cultural role of television. 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.

Modules

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 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. 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 a 10,000-word dissertation focusing on an area of media and communications that particularly interests you.

Modules

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.

Why Leicester?

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.

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

In 1978 the University of Leicester launched the UK's first Masters Degree in the field of media and communication.

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.

Teaching and learning

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.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Major/Minor

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

More about Major/Minor degrees

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