- 3 Years (Full time)
- Typical A-level offer
- AAB including one arts, humanities or social science subject. Excluding general studies and critical thinking.
- UCAS code
Year of entry 2023
From political campaigns to celebrity scandals and the ways we communicate with each other, media is at the centre of our daily experiences. This course will equip you with the skills and theory needed to analyse the media and think critically about its social and political impacts.
You’ll study theory and research in communication and media alongside the broader economic, political and social context of the communication and media industries. While this course is theoretical rather than practical, you can choose from a small number of practice-based modules, enabling you to build skills in (new) media production and practice.
Taught by expert researchers, you can choose to focus on digital media, film studies, journalism and a range of other topics. You could even undertake a four-week work placement to gain hands-on experience in the communication and media industries.
To support your academic study, you'll have access to breakout rooms within the School. We also have a student common room, especially for students studying in the School of Media and Communication.
If you choose practical modules, we have specialist resources to support media production work. As well as our extensive loans service for equipment such as digital recorders, video cameras, stills cameras and more, you’ll benefit from access to our 40 editing suites equipped with the latest Avid video editing software and Photoshop.
We also have a dedicated digital media lab with the full suite of the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software, a Burli-equipped radio studio and a TV studio and gallery complete with a large green screen area. Our 58-seat cinema screens films twice a week during term time, and is equipped with HD video projection facilities, 16mm and 35mm film projectors and Dolby Digital surround sound.
You’ll be introduced to key areas of communications and media studies in year one, exploring theories and research that address vital questions such as:
How can we understand the roles of media in society?
What roles do media play in political processes?
How do changes in the media relate to our understandings of gender, race, religion and sexuality?
What factors influence the work of communications professionals?
Year two builds on this foundation when you study communications theories in more depth and develop your research skills. You’ll place your knowledge of the media industries into the context of media policy-making and select optional modules on diverse topics such as the concept of genre in cinema, journalism ethics and digital media.
By your final year, you’ll have the specialist knowledge and research skills to complete a dissertation on a specific communication or media topic of your choice, supervised by an academic specialist in the School. You’ll complement this with your choice of optional modules in a wide range of areas, from citizen media to audience research, political journalism to documentaries. You could also undertake a four-week work placement to gain hands-on experience in the industry.
Have a look at dissertations written by previous students on this course.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|The History of Communication||20|
|Introduction to Media and Communication Research||20|
|Power, Politics and the Media||20|
|Introduction to Media and Communication Theory||20|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Camera and Editing||20|
|Introduction to Cinema||20|
|Prose: Reading and Interpretation||20|
|Race, Writing and Decolonization||20|
Year 2 compulsory modules
|Communication Research Methods||20|
Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Technology in Communication and Media||20|
|Media, Power and Social Justice||20|
|Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries||20|
|Questioning Genre in World Cinemas||20|
|Sociology and the Climate Crisis||20|
Year 3 compulsory modules
Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|The Documentary and Reality||20|
|Feminism, Identity and Media||20|
|Understanding the Audience||20|
|The Reporting of Politics||20|
|The Ethnography of Speaking||20|
|Global migration, `race? and media||20|
|Cinema in the Digital Era||20|
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn under the guidance of academic teaching practitioners and researchers, using a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give you the knowledge and skills that you need for a career in this challenging industry. These methods will include practical classes as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials.
In addition, you’ll have a reading list for each module and independent study is a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your own ideas and understanding. Your tutors will be available during their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that arise.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a variety of assessment methods so you can demonstrate different skills. These will include practical exercises as well as group presentations, reports, case studies, essays and exams.
Other course specific tests:
If you’re taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) you may receive an alternative offer alongside a standard offer. In this case, the typical offer would be ABB plus grade A in the EPQ.
Access to HE Diploma
Offers are made on an individual basis - typically a Pass with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 should be at Distinction and 15 at Merit level.
D3, M1, M2
(16 at higher level, with 5 at higher level in English or 6 at standard level).
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers
AAAABB in Highers
Please note that we don’t currently accept the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer:
BBB at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.
Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year
If you would like to study arts, humanities, and cultures at university, but don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree, you might be eligible to apply for the Arts and Humanities with Foundation Year course.
Find your country to see equivalent international qualifications.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
International: £22,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
This course is not accepting applications for deferred entry.
We typically receive a high number of applications for this course. To ensure we treat all applications fairly, we may put your application on hold until after the UCAS deadline before making a final decision. All applications received before the UCAS deadline are guaranteed equal consideration.
Read our admissions guidance and see ‘Application decisions’ for details.
All courses in the School involve rigorous theoretical study, research and presentation. All applicants must therefore provide evidence of completing, or working towards completing, a Level 3 (for example, A Level) Arts/Humanities qualification that demonstrates their ability to research a topic and present high quality written work. In some cases, applicants may also be asked to provide examples of completed essays or assignments in order to assess their suitability.
As part of your application, you'll need to submit a personal statement. Read our guidance on writing your personal statement.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
This course is taught by
School of Media and Communication Undergraduate Admissions
This degree will give you broad and in-depth subject knowledge as well as key analytical and teamwork skills that are highly valuable in the media and creative industries. Our graduates work in a variety of media sectors including TV production, film, PR, events organisation, digital media, magazine publishing, media and cultural policy and research among others.
Because this degree maintains an academic grounding in social sciences and humanities approaches, it’s also a strong foundation for a range of different careers in the public, private and third sectors.
Within the School, we offer opportunities for you to attend talks and workshops led by industry professionals to help you gain insight into a career in the media and communication industries.
You can take part in our career mentoring scheme, where you'll be matched with someone working in industry who can give you one-to-one careers advice. Our annual Careers Day also allows you to meet and learn from professionals across the media and communications industries.
Find out more about careers and employability at the School of Media and Communication.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. We have over 300 University partners worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
If you don’t want to spend a full year on a placement, you can still choose to take the optional placement module, which gives you the chance to spend around four weeks working at a company or organisation within the media or a related industry. We have excellent links with the local, regional and national creative industries, ensuring that you have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience that complements your learning.