Media and Communication BA, 3-4 years

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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.

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Media and Communication

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Course description

Course description

The Media and Communication BA 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.

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.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2018

  • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2018

  • £15,980 per year
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be £2,397 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee 

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

  • 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.

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

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 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 one option module from:

Plus one option module 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 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.

Core module

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus two option modules from:

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.

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

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.

Talking to guest speakers gave Anant the confidence to pursue his career.

Media and Communication at Leicester

Teaching and learning

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.

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 degrees

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.

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