Media and Communication

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to develop an understanding of a wide range of contemporary issues related to the theory, development and practice(s) of mass and interactive communication, both nationally and internationally.

Course Description

Today, the media is in your pocket, on your bedside table and in your classroom, unlike a few years ago when it was just in the living room. Media is an integral part of social and political revolutions and changes. From Pinterest to photo and location tagging on Facebook, from long-trusted newspapers read in print to films discussed on YouTube – the media are now so much part of our lives that we take them for granted.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field.

The course is designed to provide you with an understanding of a wide range of contemporary issues related to the theory, development and practice of mass and interactive communication, both nationally and internationally. You will learn about how news is produced and reported, and how media industries, politics, culture and society interact, as well as learning about a very wide range of media, from newspapers to Twitter, from Hollywood movies to reality TV.

You will study a wide range of issues in the field of media and communication but you will also have the opportunity to choose those topics that you are most interested in. You can specialise by choosing from four different routes:

  • Mass communication
  • New and digital media
  • Media practice
  • Film and cultural studies
  • Or develop your own route by choosing option modules which interest you the most.

Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, media practice. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
P910
Start date
September 2017
Department
Media and Communication
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
cssadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3863
mediacom@le.ac.uk

Media and Communication website



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Why Leicester?

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

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

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.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

First year modules are designed to enable you to develop a sound understanding of key concepts, technologies and phenomena relating to the theory and practice of media and communication. By the end of your first year you will have a good grasp of important aspects 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 look at the production and reporting of news, the important democratic and political role of the mass media, the development of new media technologies, the study of work in the creative industries, and the varied dimensions of popular culture. At this point you will also begin to learn how to do your own media research, so you will also be introduced to research methods and approaches used for analysing media content, media organizations and media audiences. And what’s more, you will have the chance to get hands-on, practical experience of creating your own media products with our option module on television production.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Semester Abroad

During your second year, you will also have the chance to spend one semester abroad through an international exchange programme at one of our partner universities:

Alternatively, you could spend a year abroad after your second year (see the next tab).

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.

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

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: 

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

The third year is your chance to specialize in an area that interests you the most. You choose what to study from a wide range of option modules. The only core module is the 8-10,000 word dissertation which focuses on an area of Media and Communications or Sociology that particularly interests you.

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

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

    Major/Minor options allow you to create your own degree. You can concentrate on one subject as your Major (75% of your course) while broadening your knowledge with a Minor subject (25% of your course).

    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.

    Find out more

    Teaching and Assessment

    In each year there are six modules, each of which involves approximately 30 hours of contact time and around 120 hours of private study.

    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.

    In your first year you will have additional workshops around study skills, essay writing and preparing for exams. A variety of teaching approaches are employed in the second and third year depending on the modules you take. For example, teaching in film studies incorporates film screenings, group work and student presentations based on detailed research on a chosen film topic. 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. You will be allocated a personal tutor whose job is to provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout the programme.

    Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, exams and presentations. You will complete a 8,000-10,000-word dissertation project in your third year.

    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 they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

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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

      Starting to 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 2017

      • £15,290 in your first year
      • Year abroad: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year.

      After the 2017/18 academic year, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (based on RPIX - a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments) and is subject to government regulations.

    Career Opportunities

    • We run employability and media production modules as part of our curriculum – e.g., Digital Narratives; Working in the Creative Industries; TV Production; Professionalism and Employment in the Media
    • We offer exclusive opportunities for students to gain media-related experience through internships and placements, such as placements in the University's Press Office.
    • Our students are encouraged to get involved in the student-run media on campus, including Galaxy - our student magazine, LUST - our student TV station, and LUSH Radio - our student radio station.
    • We organise external speaker events, industry visit days, career development training and other initiatives in collaboration with local and national media organisations, giving you valuable insights into the professional media world.
    • In addition, our departmental Careers Tutor can support and advise you on careers matters throughout your time with us.

    Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as American Express, Artavia Advertising, BBC, City Index, E.ON Energy, Gogglebox Entertainment, HMRC, Lloyds Bank, Sky Media, Transport for London, Web Liquid Digital Marketing. Others have gone on to further study in the following fields: Broadcast Journalism, Journalism, Marketing, Cinema and Television, and International Relations.

    Careers

    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
    Media and Communication BA 3 years full-time P910 Apply Now
    Media and Communication with Year Abroad BA 4 years, full-time P910 Apply Now
    Course
    Media and Communication
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    3 years full-time
    UCAS Code
    P910
    Availability
    Course
    Media and Communication with Year Abroad
    Qualification
    BA
    Duration
    4 years, full-time
    UCAS Code
    P910
    Availability

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