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2024/25 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Communication and Media

Programme code:BA-COMM/MUCAS code:P900
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Todd Graham Contact address:T.Graham@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Communications, media, film and cultural studies


Programme specification:

The information on this page is accurate for students entering the programme in 2023/2024 or before. For students entering the programme from September 2024 or after, you can find the details of your programme:

BA Communication and Media(For students entering from September 2024 onwards)

BA Communication and Media offers students a critical, research-led approach to the field. The programme focuses on 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, students can choose from a small number of practice-based modules, enabling you to build skills in media production and practice.
At Level 1 of the programme, students will be provided with a structured induction to the academic study of Media and Communication and to study at HE level. These modules will offer concise introductions to academic research skills, communications history, communications theory, and political communication.
Level 2 expands upon this, offering compulsory units in research methods, visual communication and media policy. Students will also be offered a wide range of options, enabling them to embark upon specialist pathways and pursue their individual interests in the field.
Level 3 is focused on the development of specialist knowledge. Students are given the opportunity to specialise in one or two linked streams of expertise, including film studies, political communication, cultural industries and communications theory. An important centrepiece of this final year is the Communication dissertation: a substantial piece of individually developed research or extended commentary produced under individual supervision from a relevant specialist within the School of Media and Communication.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules

COMM1210The History of Communication20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM1230Introduction to Media and Communication Research20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1950Power, Politics and the Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1960Studying Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM1970Introduction to Media and Communication Theory20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules, or can choose a 20 credit discovery module if timetabling allows.

COMM1625Camera and Editing20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM1830Introduction to Cinema20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL1250Prose: Reading and Interpretation20 creditsNot running in 202425
ENGL1855Race, Writing and Decolonization20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM2125Visual Communication20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2780Media Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2910Communication Research Methods
Pre-requisite for: COMM3910
20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 20 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM2145Technology in Communication and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2250Podcasting20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2375Issues in Journalism20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2560Communication Skills20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2715Digital Storytelling20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM2850Cinematic Themes20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FILM2230Questioning Genre in World Cinemas20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FOAH2020Towards the Future: Skills in Context20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
MODL2250Digital Communications Across Cultures20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM2300Journalism Ethics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2725Digital Cultures20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2777Working in Digital Media Teams20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM2950Media, Power and Social Justice20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
CSER2206Developing Your Professional Identity: Preparing for a Career in Within The Arts, Heritage and Creative Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2932Sociology and the Climate Crisis20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Discovery modules:

Students may study 0 - 20 credits of Discovery Modules.

Students may study 20 credits of Discovery modules in either Semester 1, or Semester 2, but not both.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

COMM3910Communication Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM3130The Documentary and Reality20 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM3214Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
COMM3250Feminism, Identity and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3260Understanding the Audience20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3715Internet Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3780Mobile Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3790Citizen Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
FILM3230Cinema in the Digital Era20 creditsNot running in 202425
THEO3000Religion and Media20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 20 - 40 credits from the following optional modules:

COMM3180International Communication20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3340The Reporting of Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM3420The Ethnography of Speaking20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3550Popular Music and Society20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3795Climate Communication20 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM3866Global migration, ‘race’ and media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3895Digital Platforms: Critical and Cultural Analysis20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3925War and Media20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3950Promotional Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM3960Creative Work in the Cultural Industries20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
FILM3027Post-War European Cinema: History, Politics and Aesthetics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Discovery modules:

Students may choose 0 - 20 credits of Discovery modules. 20 credits of Level 2 Discovery modules can be taken. However, to comply with programme rules, all finalists must study 100 credits at Level 3.

Last updated: 27/03/2024 11:49:16

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