Formed in 1988, the Institute of Communications Studies is an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research in communication, media and culture. It is one of the largest departments of its kind in Europe, offering a range of undergraduate degrees, postgraduate taught degrees and a postgraduate research programme.
Our students receive an outstanding education from academics and practitioners who are world leaders in their field, with experience at the cutting edge of the media and communications industries. Our degrees have among the highest employability rates in media and communications studies, with Leeds among the top ten targeted universities by employers, according to the 2013 High Fliers Survey.
Excellent education and research training also requires appropriate technology. At the heart of the Leeds campus, our excellent facilities include a cinema, a new media lab and TV and radio studios as well as editing suites equipped with the latest industry-standard software and hardware. Postgraduate students enjoy their own shared offices, equipped with computers, printers and spaces for discussion and debate.
Our degree programmes
We offer four undergraduate degree programmes:
- BA Hons Broadcast Journalism
- BA Hons Cinema and Photography
- BA Hons Communications and Media
- BA Hons New Media
For more information on the possibilities that the University of Leeds can offer undergraduate media and communications students, visit the undergraduate section of the website.
We offer eight taught postgraduate degree programmes:
- MA Cinema & Photography
- MA Communications Studies
- MA International Communications
- MA International Journalism
- MA Media Industries
- MA New Media
- MA Political Communication
- MA Public Relations and Society
To find out more about the taught postgraduate student experience, visit the postgraduate pages of the website.
For more information on undergraduate courses, request the ICS UG Brochure. For postgraduate study, download the ICS PG brochure here: ICS pg brochure 2013. If you are considering pursuing a PhD with us, please visit the PhD page for further information about postgraduate research at ICS.
ICS researchers have written many major books and articles on communications, media, film and culture, and details of these publications can be found on individual staff web pages.
Within ICS, our research is organised around the following five themes:
- Cultural Production and Media Policy
- International Communication
- Journalism Studies
- Political Communication
- Visual & Digital Cultures
In addition, two dedicated Research Centres pursue a more specialised research agenda:
Visit the research section of this website to find out more about our research.