The School of Media and Communication is one of the UK’s leading departments for students studying the media and communications industries. Situated within the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (PVAC), we are part of the Arts and Humanities provision at the University of Leeds. Leeds is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University rankings for the quality of its teaching and research in these subject areas. We are also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Communications and Media by the QS World University Rankings. Within the UK, we are ranked 3rd in the country for Communication and Media Studies according to the Complete University Guide and the Guardian University Guide.
Since its foundation in 1988, the School has played a pioneering role in conducting world-class research and developing innovative programmes in communications studies. We are situated within one of the leading research universities in Europe, and students have judged Leeds the most popular city to study in Britain.
Taught and Research-based Study
Students sometimes ask what is the difference between Taught and Research degrees. Taught programmes are composed of a number of modules that are offered to students through a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Students are expected to conduct reading tasks and participate in classes. They are also assessed through written coursework, such as essays and examinations taken at the end of each semester. The programmes are taught over one year; teaching is spread across two semesters running from September to January and from February to June. The remainder of the year is taken up by the completion of a dissertation.
Research study, on the contrary, is conducted by the individual. Students who enrol for a PhD research programme are expected to produce independent research under the guidance of the department, within a specific field and on a specific topic chosen by the student. This involves researching and writing an original research thesis of up to 100,000 words, which is expected to make a contribution to the field. The study should be completed within 3 to 4 years, if full-time.
Our PhD training programme is designed to help students develop their research skills, and there are also opportunities to engage with the University’s lively research culture through events and seminars hosted by a wide range of research networks.