Journalism with Media Studies BA (Hons)


Are you a budding critic, publisher or journalist?

This BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies degree course gives you a critical and practical understanding of the media field while providing a grounding in journalism disciplines and techniques.

You'll learn from academics with extensive experience in the journalism and media fields and use professional-grade media analysis and media production facilities.

With the option to take multiple industry placements and get National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications, you can tailor your study on this course to best fit your ideal journalistic or media career.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Hone your critical, analytical, writing, editing design and presentation skills
  • Put your skills into practice in our newsroom equipped with the latest hardware and software used by today’s press
  • Work through a programme that we've developed with input from experts working at The Sun and The Daily Mail, regional media groups such as Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror and national public relations agencies
  • Learn from expert journalists who have experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
  • Have the opportunity to take shorthand training – you'll aim to reach writing speeds of 100 words per minute
  • Expand your network by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies such as The Daily Mail, Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News and the Cabinet Office
  • Get valuable experience and build industry contacts on a formal 10-day journalism-based work placement as part of your study
  • Have the opportunity to do further work placements throughout your degree, including a 1-year placement

Work experience and career planning

10-day work placement

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll do a 10-day work placement in your final year. We have links with many well-known media organisations. Previous students have done placements at locations such as:

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Sun
  • The Daily Mail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vogue
  • Heat
  • Reveal
  • BBC

You'll get support from specialist staff before and throughout your placement to make sure you get the most out of your time in the workplace.

Other work experience

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build your portfolio, develop your professional network and get your work seen by a wider audience.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year currently include:

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Contemporary Media Events
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Journalism in Context
  • Law for Journalists
  • NCTJ Court Reporting
  • NCTJ Essential Law
  • Reporting

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Feature Writing and News Analysis

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
  • Factual Media Production
  • Law for Journalists
  • Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture
  • Media, Culture and National Identity
  • NCTJ Court Reporting
  • NCTJ Essential Law
  • NCTJ Essential PA
  • NCTJ Press and Public Relations
  • NCTJ Shorthand 100
  • NCTJ Shorthand 100 resit
  • NCTJ Shorthand 110
  • NCTJ Shorthand 120
  • NCTJ Shorthand 60
  • NCTJ Shorthand 80
  • NCTJ Sports Journalism
  • NCTJ Video Journalism
  • Newsbeat
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Professional Experience
  • Propaganda
  • Screen Media
  • Smartphone Journalism
  • Social Issues in the Media
  • Social Journalism Theory
  • Specialist Journalism
  • Student Enterprise
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies

Year 3

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Digital Media and Democracy
  • Dissertation/Major Project 
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • Journalism Special Investigation
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Placement
  • Money, Government and Power
  • NCTJ Court Reporting
  • NCTJ Essential Journalism
  • NCTJ Essential Journalism: Ethics and Regulation Test
  • NCTJ Essential Law
  • NCTJ Essential PA
  • NCTJ Multimedia Portfolio
  • NCTJ Press and Public Relations
  • NCTJ Shorthand 100
  • NCTJ Shorthand 100 resit
  • NCTJ Shorthand 110
  • NCTJ Shorthand 120
  • NCTJ Shorthand 60
  • NCTJ Shorthand 80
  • NCTJ Sports Journalism
  • NCTJ Video Journalism
  • News, War and Peace
  • Newsroom Production
  • Placement
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • TV Drama and Society
  • TV Talk Shows
  • Writing and Producing Magazines


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshop sessions
  • group based activities
  • producing magazines, newspapers or webpages
  • placement

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays and close textual analysis
  • in-class tests
  • media artefacts
  • seminar presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
  • post-placement assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Journalism with Media Studies degree?

Previous graduates from this course have gone on to work in areas including:

  • online, newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism
  • social media
  • public relations
  • marketing
  • corporate communications
  • publishing
  • teaching (with further study)

What jobs can you do with a Journalism with Media Studies degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • campaign assistant
  • editorial assistant
  • PR and marketing assistant
  • trainee reporter
  • journalist

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or started successful freelancing careers with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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