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University of Huddersfield

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Journalism

**Our BA in Journalism looks to the future of the media. We’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge vital to being a journalist in the digital age, so you can tell the stories that matter online and on mobile. You'll learn all aspects of reporting, from researching stories and carrying out interviews, to writing articles for newspapers and online.**

- Why study Journalism at Huddersfield?

- 95% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

- You'll make radio pieces, film video reports, design magazines, write blogs and use a variety of social media tools

- Internationally leading academics will help you develop a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in journalistic work and introduce you to cutting-edge digital tools, resources and methods

- With a variety of optional modules, our journalism degree gives you the opportunity to tailor your programme to your own interests and career ambitions from television to magazines and beyond

- You'll meet a wide range of guest tutors and speakers, kick starting your networking with experts in the industry

As the work of journalists changes dramatically in a digital world, this course helps you understand how the emergence of new media platforms impacts on journalistic practice and media industries. You'll have the opportunity to learn how to make and analyse media, exploring how technological change shapes media genres and texts, how to operate as a journalist across media formats and platforms, and how to become a successful PR practitioner.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Users
Industries
Technology
Texts
Video and Audio Production (Broadcast / Creative / Sports)
Writing for the Media and Storytelling

Year 2
Core modules:
Methods in Media, Communication and Journalism Research
Media Work

Option modules:
Choose up to three from a list which may include:
Participatory Media and Fans (Sport / Music / Film and Television /Brands, Consumer Culture & Shopping)
Digital Radio and Audio Production
Sports Broadcasting – Commentary and Writing
Reporting and Writing
Magazine Design and Production
Promotional Culture and PR

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final Year
Core modules:
Dissertation / Practice Dissertation
Political Reporting

Students not taking the optional placement year also take:
Media Industry Project

Option modules:
Choose up to three from a list which may include:
Media Policy, Law and Ethics
Journalism Innovation
Video Shorts: Music, Advertising and Short film
The Multi-Platform Newsroom
Writing Techniques Across Media (Transmedia Writing)
Digital Media, Data and Analysis
Stars and Celebrity
Video Games and Culture
Investigative Journalism

At any year of study, one module outside the named degree programme, but offered within the School of Music, Humanities and Media, may be taken as an alternative to any of the option modules listed above where feasible and subject to timetabling restrictions and the approval of your Course Leader.

Assessment methods

Assessment of this course will take a variety of forms including written assignments, study logs, examinations, individual and group projects, presentations, practical production, and a dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of History English Languages & Media

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
low
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
72%
Male students
28%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Media professionals
9%
Functional managers and directors
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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