Opportunities to explore careers are built into our degrees. You will have access to a regular programme of industry speakers, networking events and placements. Studying at the School of Media and Communication will equip you with the analytical and creative skills, experience and confidence to pursue careers in and outside the media industries. We have one of the highest employment rates of graduates in our subject areas.
You will also have the chance to benefit from a number of other opportunities across the University.
The University of Leeds offers one of the widest ranges of opportunities for students to study abroad in the UK, and our students frequently participate in this scheme. Studying abroad is a great opportunity for you to discover a new culture, develop your knowledge and skills, learn or improve a language, and make yourself stand out from your peers in the job market.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how studying abroad can add a new dimension to your University life, visit the Study Abroad website here, or contact John Sinclair, the Study Abroad coordinator for the School.
Many students who come to the School are focused on a practical career in the highly competitive creative industries, so we try to ensure that work experience in the industry is built into the degrees we offer. While it isn’t always compulsory, the links we have with the local, regional and national creative industries, and the excellent service provide by our careers office, ensure that students gain hands-on experience that complements the teaching they receive.
Broadcast Journalism students in particular are guaranteed a 3 week placement within the broadcasting industry, in line with the requirements of the accrediting body, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. Students have hands-on experience in a working newsroom, with placements ranging from working in daily radio, TV and online output, to documentary production companies. Students have the opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned from their time in the workplace, both by writing a blog during their time in the newsroom, and in completing a report on their experiences when they return for their third year on the programme.
Students studying Film, Media and Photography and New Media are also able to take a placement module in their final year, structured in a similar way to the Broadcast Journalism option. More information about the module can be found here.
Outside the classroom
The School has a relaxed and informal social life. Students in the School society organise parties, dinners, visiting speakers and off-campus visits whilst staff arrange evenings for you to socialise in the company of eminent academics and industry professionals. You are also encouraged to join the University’s award winning student radio and television stations or to write for the student newspaper.
The School provides you with the knowledge and expertise that will put you in the best position to remain abreast of developments in the fast moving field of communications. As a graduate you will have the skills and ability to work in a wide variety of careers, including the media and communications industries, and have the flexibility to meet the challenges of the new communications era.
Leeds Student Television
Leeds Student Television, or LS:TV, is the award winning student-run television station broadcasting to Leeds University Union and online. Every week they broadcast a new 2 hour long programme around the Student Union, including news, entertainment and comedy, all presented from the studio in the Students’ Union.
Like any society, any registered student is allowed to join, and they hold regular meetings to discuss how things are going. LS:TV has its own room in the Union that functions as an office, editing suite and live studio. All their members are allowed to use the facilities in the office to produce, shoot and edit video. The studio is equipped with a purpose built gallery from which they can send broadcasts around our distribution network, as well as produce live programmes.
LS:TV is also a proud member of the National Student Television Association (NaSTA). Every year, they scoop a raft of awards for their programming.
Leeds Student Radio
LSRfm is the premier student radio station in the country. It specialises in playing music ignored by mainstream radio. LSRfm is also home to a myriad of speech-based radio including their award-winning current affairs show Newslink.
Leeds Student Newspaper
The Gryphon is the newspaper for students at the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University College and Leeds College of Art and Design. The print edition comes out on Fridays in term time and the web edition uploads later that day. The paper includes campus news, features, comments and sport, and everything that’s Leeds leisure and lifestyle for students, with reviews and previews of music, clubs, arts and books, as well as a 7 day TV guide. In addition you can join other related societies at the University of Leeds such as Film-Making, Photography or Game Development.