Welcome to Media and Communication

Welcome to the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds! Whether you are studying for the BA in Journalism, Film, Photography and Media, Communications and Media or Digital Media, you are now a member of the School of Media and Communication community. We hope you will find your studies here both rewarding and enjoyable.

We would also like to recommend that you take a look at the library’s extensive resources on studying at undergraduate level, including note taking, essay writing and referencing help.


We’ve got a great induction programme planned for your first week here in the School to help you find your feet, from info on ‘how to be a great student’ to film screenings and a treasure hunt. You can find out more about what we’ve got planned on the For Students website.

Note: the timetable is provisional and subject to change.

How the School communicates with you

As well as face to face, the School will communicate with you in a number of ways across a range of digital channels. These include:

  • Email - from academic staff and course leaders, as well as events, placement and employment opportunities, urgent updates and more
  • Minerva/Virtual Learning Environment - important announcements, timetable information
  • Facebook - employment opportunities, news and events
  • Twitter - research news, events and School news

To follow us on social media add @leedsunimedia on Facebook and Twitter.

Making the grade

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals, workshops and independent study. Lectures are designed to deliver an overview of the key concepts covered in each module. Seminars allow you to engage with and develop these ideas in more depth, usually in discussions and activities based around key readings that should be prepared before the class. In addition, you will have a reading list for each module that covers key works in the area. You will engage with these readings during your own independent study, and draw on them to develop your own understanding and interpretation of the concepts being addressed in class. This independent study is fundamental to your success in the degree; we allow time each week for you to dedicate to course reading, and lecturers are always available in their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that might arise from this important work.

Assessments can take a variety of forms, from essays and exams to group presentations, reports, case analyses and practical exercises. The combination of assessment techniques used varies depending on the module. However, in all assessments your lecturers will be looking for evidence of careful reading, your own independent thinking and interpretation of the topics and ideas you will have covered during the module, articulated in ways that answer the questions or briefs set.


Most of the teaching staff in the School of Media and Communication are also active researchers in the field, leading research projects and publishing books and articles, some of which you will read during your studies. In the School of Media and Communication , you will experience both ‘research-led’ and ‘research-based’ teaching. ‘Research-led’ teaching means that your classes will include themes and materials that develop from the research conducted by the module leader. ‘Research-based’ means that you will develop the tools to enable you to evaluate the research that you read and to conduct your very own research in the areas that interest you.

In Year 1, you’ll take a module called Introduction to Communications Research that will introduce you to the fundamentals of research in our field, which you will build on in other modules and through your assessments. You can learn more about the areas of research conducted in the School of Media and Communication on the website.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.