About Media and Communication
The Establishment of Department of Communication
The Department was initially established as the Centre for Mass Communication Research and in 2006 evolved into the Department of Media and Communication as we celebrated 40 years of Media at Leicester.
Initially, the teaching provision was limited to PhD supervision. In 1978, the UK's Social Science Research Council (now the ESRC) invited CMCR to design and deliver the country's first taught postgraduate degree in media and communications. As a result, the MA in Mass Communications was launched, followed by its Distance Learning sibling in 1995.
The CMCR itself exists as one of the research groups within the department and continues to draw research students to the department.
In 1992, the BSc in Communication, Media and Society was launched and new degrees introduced since are the
- MSc in Media and Communication Research (2000)
- MA Globalisation and Communication (2001)
- MA New Media and Society (2007)
- Pre-Masters Diploma in Media, Communications and English as a Foreign Language (2008)
- BA Media and Society (2008)
- MA Media and Public Relations (2010)
- MA Media, Communication and Advertising (2010)
Most of our postgraduate provision is available either as campus-based learning or as distance learning programmes.
Thesupports and encourages a variety of research interests and approaches to the study of media, communications and information technologies.
Staff Research Interests
Our research feeds directly into our teaching, ensuring you benefit from cutting-edge developments in your field as they occur.
Some of our current research topics include:
- online romance scams
- 'offensive' television
- digital inclusion and exclusion
- mediated civic engagement
- digital media in natural disasters
- gender in videogame communities
- news and transnational audiences
We promote and engage in multi-disciplinary research that embraces different epistemological and methodological approaches and believe that research can have value by being theoretical sound and having real-world applications.
Our research feeds our teaching. Students therefore benefit from being taught by academics who are involved in leading edge research in their specialist fields.