Media and Communication at Leicester celebrated 50 years of cutting-edge research in 2016. When founded as the Centre for Mass Communication and Research in 1966, it was the first centre of its kind studying mass communication.
As one of the longest-established academic centres specialising in the study of media and communication, we have been the fastest-growing department of our kind in the United Kingdom. Our students are taught by experienced, highly-qualified tutors, and leading researchers in the field.
We were the first department in the country to offer a taught postgraduate degree in media and communications, with the launch of the Mass Communications MA in 1978. Today, we draw on a long and successful history in our teaching and research.
In July 2016, we hosted the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communication Research. Over 1,200 delegates from across the world attended this prestigious event.
Following the conclusion of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, we placed 15th overall for media research in the country, with 82% of research articles and books being rated as "world-leading" or "internationally excellent". We are also ranked 15th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2019 with an overall score of 96.1%, and ranked 50th in the world for Communication and Media Studies in the QS World University Rankings for 2018.