Media and Society BA, 3-4 years

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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.

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Media and Communication, Sociology

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Course description

Course description

This Media and Society BA 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.

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
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in 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

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

Related courses

Related courses

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 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 analysing media content, media organizations and media audiences, and you will gain advanced knowledge of doing social research and studying sociological topics and theories.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Plus two Sociology option modules.

Semester Abroad

During your second year, you will also have the chance to spend one semester (half a year) abroad through an international exchange programme at one of our partner universities. Our current partner institutions are:

Alternatively, you could spend a year abroad after your second year.

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.

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

We have links with the following universities: 

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

Your final year is where you get a chance to specialise 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.

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.

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 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.

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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Course Media and Society Qualification BA Duration 3 years full-time UCAS Code PL33 Availability Apply Now
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