Media and Communications BA

Our BA in Media and Communication is designed to provide you with an understanding of a wide range of contemporary issues related to the theory, development and practice of mass and interactive communication, both nationally and internationally. You will learn how news is produced and reported, and how media industries, politics, culture and society interact, as well as learning about a very wide range of media, from newspapers to Twitter, from Hollywood movies to reality TV.

Course details

Today we have media in our pockets. And the way we’re absorbing and distributing information is always evolving. But what are the implications of this? How do we think about issues both critically and practically? This degree has the answers.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Leicester has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching ensures you will benefit from cutting-edge developments in your field as they occur. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Communication and Media Studies*.

Today, the media is in your pocket, on your bedside table and in your classroom; now more mobile than just the television in the living room. Media is an integral part of social and political revolutions and changes. From Pinterest to photo and location tagging on Facebook, from long-trusted newspapers read in print to films discussed on YouTube – the media are now so much part of our lives that we take them for granted.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B

Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points overall.

BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM


We run employability and media production modules as part of our curriculum – e.g. Working in the Creative Industries, Professionalism and Employment in the Media, The Production of News, Introduction to Filmmaking, Community Radio in Practice.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

American Express
Artavia Advertising
City Index
E.ON Energy
Gogglebox Entertainment
Lloyds Bank
Sky Media
Transport for London
Web Liquid Digital Marketing
Others have gone on to further study in the following fields:

Broadcast Journalism
Cinema and Television
International Relations


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Introduction to Media and Communication
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Media Origins
  • Introduction to Academic Skills
  • Studying Media and Communication
  • Global Media
  • Creative Audiences
  • Digital Media and Everyday Life
  • The Production of News
  • Professionalism and Employment in the Media
  • Media Research in Practice
  • Television Studies

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Political Communication
  • Identity and Popular Culture
  • Global Film Culture

Plus one option module from:

  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Working in the Creative Industries
  • Journalism Studies
  • Dissertation

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • Environmental Communication
  • Global Cultures
  • Media and The Body
  • Reporting Panics
  • Media, Rights and Responsibilities

Plus two option modules from:

  • Media and Gender
  • Online Journalism: Theory and Practice
  • Community Radio in Practice
  • Writing for PR
  • Advertising and Consumer Culture
  • Media, Celebrity and Fan Culture
  • Client Led Media Production