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 published media researchers and expert journalists, as well as using professional-grade media analysis and production facilities. You’ll also develop transferable skills you'll be able to use in any profession.
With the option of taking industry placements and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications, you can tailor your study on this course to fit your ideal journalistic or media career.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Get further professional qualifications by taking National Council for Training Journalists (NCTJ) exams
- Refine your practice by learning from published media researchers and journalists with written and broadcast experience in local, regional, national and international journalism
- Learn more about the journalism and media industries by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies – past guests include Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News, and the Cabinet Office at 10 Downing Street
- Gain valuable industry experience by taking optional placements throughout your degree
- Enhance your teamworking skills by collaborating with other students on other courses within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
- Capture information at up to 100 words per minute by taking shorthand training
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.
Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.
Our Journalism courses offer two placement opportunities during your studies: a placement year, and a 10-day work placement. Both placements are optional on our combined Journalism courses.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical workshop sessions
- group based activities
- producing magazines, newspapers or webpages
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
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
- corporate communications
- 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
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.