Welcome from the Head of Department

On behalf of the Department of Communication & Media and the School of the Arts, I am delighted to welcome you as a new student. You are about to join a leading centre for the study of how ideas are influenced, expressed and shared; where research is casting innovative light on many aspects of the discipline – from how mass media influence democracy, to how English is evolving as an international language.

As a Communication & Media student, you’ll be part of the School of the Arts, home to a wider community of scholars from five different disciplines. We are sure you will be inspired by and benefit from the breadth and vitality within the School of the Arts, with world-class teaching and in-depth specialist expertise available to you. The School also has a dedicated Student Support Centre who will help through your time at University, more details of which you can find below. 

You’ll find lots of useful information below. Don’t forget to check out your Welcome Week (undergraduate) and Foundation Week (postgraduate) timetables for all the events we’ve planned to help you find your feet and settle in.

Professor Kay O’Halloran, Head of Communication and Media


What to do next

1. Welcome Week Timetable

There are many events and activities happening during Welcome Week which will inform and guide you through your first few weeks and will lay the foundation for your time here. 

2. Getting ready 

There are a few essential things you need to do before you join us, including registering with the University and activating your IT account. Further information can be found the Welcome pages.

3. Joint Honours and Major/Minor programmes

If you are taking a Joint Honours (50/50) or Major/Minor (75/25) programme you will be studying more than one subject and so should also consult the information from your other department. See the full list of department welcome pages.

4. View your programme details

Undergraduate students are required to register for 120 credits in Year 1, normally 60 credits in each semester. Most programmes have some compulsory modules, for which you will be automatically registered, but you may – depending on your scheme of study – need to choose optional modules from a specified list to make up the 120 credits, and register for those on Liverpool Life. Registration will open from 30th August 2020 and you are strongly advised to complete the registration process before you arrive. However, staff will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on choosing any optional modules should you need help.  

Please consult the subject component documents and module specifications for further details about available modules.

Many departments across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offer MA modules to students on other MA programmes. The list of these can be found below. Students may choose modules outside of their own department only if their programme allows it (normally a maximum of 30 credits over the year) and permission must be obtained from your programme director before asking to join the module. Students are not able to register themselves for these modules, but must fill in the online module change request form available here. If there are any difficulties we will contact you, otherwise the module information will appear on your registration list in Liverpool Life in due course.

HSS PGT Optional Modules


5. View your programme timetable

Your academic timetable can be found on Liverpool Life during Welcome Week and updates will normally feed through within 24-48 hours of module registration.

Please be aware that there may be changes to your timetable over the first few weeks of term so please check your online timetable regularly.

6. Access your Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is your guide to life in the School of the Arts. You should read it thoroughly during the early weeks of your programme, and also keep it handy for reference during your time as a student at the University. You will be able to access it here in due course – please keep checking back.


Support during your first few weeks and beyond

Your Academic Advisor

You will be assigned a named academic member of staff as your Academic Advisor. Their role is to develop a relationship with you, to provide information, advice and guidance on academic matters, and to direct you to further sources of information on both academic and non-academic matters.

Your advisor’s details will be found on Liverpool Life.

Student Support Centre

As a student in the School of the Arts, you will have access to a dedicated Student Support Centre. The friendly team can help you with:

  • Day-to-day queries relating to registration, modules, timetabling or assessment;
  • Study abroad queries, whether you’re an incoming or outgoing student;
  • Support with employability or finding work placements;
  • Academic, pastoral and wellbeing issues through our Learning and Teaching Support Officers (LTSOs). 

The Student Support Centre is open 9:00am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, and you can access support in the following ways:


Need more information?

If you would like any further information about the School of the Arts before you arrive, please contact our staff in the Student Support Centre on:

0151 795 0500 or 0151 795 0507

Or email us at: sscarts@liverpool.ac.uk


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