Frequently asked questions
Why should I study Media and Communications at Leicester?
We offer exciting and flexible degree courses. We have a wide range of option modules for you to choose, including both practical modules and more theoretical study.
Leicester has a long pedigree in this field - we've been providing research and teaching in media and communication since 1966. We are a diverse School in terms of teaching, research and make-up of staff and students.
What technical facilities do you have?
We have a media lab with 12 Apple Macs running Creative Cloud including Premiere Pro, Audition and Photoshop. Our friendly technical tutors have the expertise to guide you through the documentary production or digital narratives modules. If you want to build up a portfolio of material our technicians are happy to support you outside of the modules to access the facilities and provide support.
How much of the course is practical?
There are a number of practical modules: 'Digital Storytelling', 'Documentary Production' and 'Community Radio in Practice' all involve you making content. Alongside those practical skills we also want you to reflect critically on the content you make. In modules where we explore theoretical perspectives we want you to apply those debates to ‘real world’ examples and develop your critical analytical skills.
What careers support and experience can I get at Leicester?
We embed careers and employability from the start of your degree through the Leicester Award programme. We will ensure you can communicate and present the skills you have developed on the course to future employers. Leicester has an impressive record, with 95% of students going on to further study or employment six months after graduating. We also have our in-house employment agency Unitemps which provides opportunities for students to gain valuable paid employment.
How else will I be supported whilst I study?
From the start of your course, the School will have a series of welcome events to ease you into your studies. These include informal pizza and chat, meeting the School team, and allocating you a personal tutor. Your personal tutor will be proactive in ensuring that your studies are going well and can advise you on academic matters but also point you in the right direction in terms of careers and employability support. All modules have a module tutor and there is an overall course tutor. There is also a range of central support services the university provides including the AccessAbility Centre, Counselling and Wellbeing, Student Welfare Service, the Students' Union and the Academic Skills Centre. There are many ways we can support, guide and help you.
Can I study abroad?
Many of our courses feature the opportunity to study abroad.
There are many benefits of spending time studying abroad during your course - International experiences can enhance your academic and personal skills and your employability.
Most students go for one academic year, between the second and third years of their course. However, some Schools offer one-semester options. You can also consider going on an overseas summer school, whether as a taster for a full year, or simply as a shorter alternative. And don’t worry if you don’t currently speak any other languages - we have many partner universities in other English-speaking countries, and most of our partner universities teach at least some of their classes in English.
We have exchange partner universities on every continent (except Antarctica!). Where you can go depends on your course and this list can vary from year to year.