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Media, Society and Culture

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

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128

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Sociology

Media and communication studies

Media and society have a complicated relationship. Why is this? It’s an increasingly important question, and one you’ll tackle through in-depth study of the key debates and theories that underpin it.

Our BA in Media, Society and Culture is for those with a deep interest in the media but who are also keen to explore wider sociological questions, and who want to develop knowledge and skills relevant to jobs outside, as well as inside, the media arena.

There is no better city than Leicester to explore fundamental sociological concepts such as ethnicity, migration and social class. The University has been at the forefront of media and sociology research, with over 100 years of combined expertise in these subjects. This course has been designed to make the most of that expertise. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Media and Communications*.

You will learn about a range of interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of media and social issues and will obtain the ability to apply these to contemporary issues and debates. We offer a diverse range of optional modules from both media and sociology, allowing you to tailor your degree to your personal interests.

Our supportive and stimulating learning environment will help you to develop the ability to work independently and will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and employability.

*The Guardian University Guide 2020 / The Complete University Guide 2020

NB. This course was previously named Media and Society BA

Modules

By the end of your first year you should have a good grasp of the key facets of the media-society relationship and knowledge of the ways societies develop and change.

In your second year you will have more flexibility to choose the option modules that interest you the most. Over the course of the year you will study the key research methods and approaches used for analysing media content, media organisations and media audiences, and you will gain advanced knowledge of doing social research and studying sociological topics and theories.

In your final year, your main piece of work will be either a Sociology Research Project or a Media Dissertation. The option modules that you take are up to you. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of modules in media and sociology. Half of your time will be spent studying media and the other half sociology.

Please see our website for further details.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of essays, exams, reviews and presentations. You will complete a 8,000-10,000 word dissertation project in your third year.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Media and Communication and Sociology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Sociology
80%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

Media studies

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

59%
UK students
41%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
28%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Protective service occupations

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

91%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Media professionals

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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