Why study Media at Leicester?

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League table success

The University of Leicester was ranked in the top 1% of universities in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Department is a top performer in national university league tables, placing 11th in the Complete University Guide for 2017.

Employability success

You will receive structured help over three years to boost your employability after the degree – including support with identifying goals, getting internships and preparing job applications.

You will benefit from opportunities to participate in campus radio and television, a campus newspaper and very active student societies – all of which are activities you can use to bolster your CV!

Tradition and expertise in Media and Communications Studies

The Department of Media and Communication celebrated 50 years of cutting-edge research in 2016. When it was founded as the Centre for Mass Communication and Research, 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 its kind in the United Kingdom. Our students are taught by experienced and highly qualified tutors and leading researchers in the field. You will be working in a progressive academic environment, with our research work being supported by major government and international organisations.

You will have practical as well as theoretical components in the course – alongside a thorough grounding in media and communication theories, students get to produce their own videos!

Research led

You will be taught by leading media researchers who use their latest research developments to shape their teaching.

Our teaching is informed by cutting-edge research by staff from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, including media and cultural studies, film and cinema, linguistics, sociology, psychology, history, and political science. We embrace a multi-disciplinary approach to research that includes critical and empirical analysis of media and communications, their structures, policy and legal frameworks, audiences and effects. We acknowledge the rapidly changing media and communication environment by actively pursuing the study of digital media and new communications technologies. We also specialise in the study of transnational and global media. Our research work continues to be supported by major government and international organisations, including the Home Office, the Broadcasting Standards Council, UNESCO, ESRC and AHRC.

University of the Year

The University of Leicester won the coveted University of the Year award for 2008-09 awarded by The Times Higher Education magazine, which recognised the excellence of its research and teaching and is the only University to win Times Higher Awards for seven consecutive years.

Student Support

We provide a highly supportive environment for our students to promote a positive learning experience and encourage wider reflection about what has been learnt. The University of Leicester won the 2009/2010 Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Student Support in the UK.

Listening to our Students

Our Department operates varied feedback systems through our students can discuss their experiences and performance with staff. We believe that we can learn from our students just as they learn from us.


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Contact Details

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Campus based courses
E: mcs-enquiries@le.ac.uk
T: +44(0)116 252 3863

Distance Learning Courses
E: css-dl@le.ac.uk
T: 0116 252 3755

Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
T: +44(0)116 252 2785
E: MCS-Research@le.ac.uk

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