Media and Society

BA, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you wish to develop a firm, interdisciplinary grounding in the key debates that inform and underpin the relationship between the media and society.

Course Description

This is the degree for students with a deep interest in the media but who are also keen to explore wider sociological questions and who want to develop knowledge and skills relevant to jobs outside, as well as inside, the media arena. You will learn a range of theoretical and methodological approaches and an ability to apply these to a wide range of media and society-related phenomena. You will also be able to explore your own particular interests in a wide range of media and sociology related option modules.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester has been at the forefront of media research since 1966. This course has been designed to make the most of their expertise, as well as that of Sociology at Leicester. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the key debates and phenomena that inform and underpin the relationship between the media and society.

Our supportive and stimulating learning environment will help you to develop the ability to work independently and will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and employability.

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

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Why Leicester?

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

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.

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year you will divide your time equally between Media and Sociology. By the end of your first year you should have a good grasp of the key facets of the media-society relationship and knowledge of the ways societies develop and change.


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 continue to split your time between Media and Sociology but you will have more flexibility to choose the option modules that interest you the most. Over the course of the year you will study the key research methods and approaches used for analyzing media content, media organizations and media audiences, and you will gain advanced knowledge of doing social research and studying sociological topics and theories.

You will also have the chance to spend a semester abroad through an international exchange programme which incorporates a wide range of universities abroad.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose 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.

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

Your final year is where you get a chance to specialize further in a chosen area of your interest. You will study four optional modules from a selection of media and sociology modules that explore different aspects of contemporary media and society.

Alongside your taught modules, you will produce an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation focusing 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 degree. 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, reviews 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.

    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

      If you choose to spend a semester abroad, your tuition fee for that year will still be £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 2017

      • £15,290 per year
      • If you take a Year Abroad or Year in Industry, your fee will be £2,293.50 which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee.

    Career Opportunities

    88% of our graduates are in work and/or further study six months after graduation

    We run employability courses on advertising, working in the creative industries and TV production, and a second year option module 'Sociology and the World of Work'.

    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, to help you identify your aspirations 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:

    • 4 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
    Media and Society BA 3 years full-time PL33 Apply Now
    Media and Society with Year Abroad BA 4 years full-time PL33 Apply Now
    Media and Society
    3 years full-time
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    Media and Society with Year Abroad
    4 years full-time
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