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University of Salford

Journalism with Public Relations

UCAS Code: P501

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Media related subjects and/or English. General Studies will be accepted

112-128 UCAS Tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Must have GCSE (or level 2 equivalents ) for Maths and English at grade C or above.

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

DMM

Media or Media-related subjects

UCAS Tariff

112-128
29%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Public relations

Journalism

Journalism has entered a new digital age but, at its core, remains the craft of investigating and reporting events and issues. This programme provides a fusion of traditional practice and new, emerging methods that are shaping the future of journalism.

By combining Journalism and Public Relations, this programme offers the chance to benefit from both disciplines, which is hugely advantageous when it comes to employability. Many organisations are now looking for graduates who are skilled in both areas.

Taught by professional journalists and PR practitoners, you will be encouraged to experiment across a range of platforms in order to deliver cutting edge and dynamic news and PR-related content.

You will learn how to investigate, record, write, edit, present and produce news for online, print, radio and television, and adapt these skills to be relevant to the PR arena.

We aim to produce graduates capable of hitting the ground running as competent journalists and/or PR practitioners, with professional multimedia and digital skills. Graduates have secured journalism jobs at the BBC, ITV, a range of newspapers and online sites as well as finding work in Public Relations and content creation roles.

Modules

You will study six modules in the first year, providing you with a broad understanding of journalism across print, online and digital as well as an introduction to PR, including content creation.

You will then have the opportunity to tailor your academic pathway to reflect your own interests throughout Years Two and Three. This will allow you to build on core skills gained from Year One as well as create your own programme route from a suite of optional modules including sports journalism, music journalism, celebrity journalism and political journalism. In the second year, the PR modules include PR Campaigns and Strategy and Reputation Management. In the third year, these include a 40 credit Major PR Project or Dissertation.

The programme also includes optional shorthand tuition as well as workshops in editing and use of equipment, including cameras and recording devices.

Your final year will include multi-platform newsdays in our MediaCityUK newsroom and work placements with our industry partners.

Throughout your study, you will also be offered the opportunity to take NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) examinations.

Assessment methods

- Assessment is mostly through practical journalistic and PR-related course work and formal written essays.
- There will be some exams on this course.
- You will work both individually and in groups to create a range of projects for assessment.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and 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.

83%
high
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.

Communications and media

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

Journalism

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

96%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

Communications and media

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Media professionals
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We've got an internationally competitive marketing and PR sector and not surprisingly, that is the main industry head into after university. Nearly a third of publicity studies graduates from 2015 were working in London by 2015, but graduates don't just go to work in PR agencies — all sorts of organisations do their own publicity these days, and with the rise of digital and mobile technology and social media, a lot of marketing is done in quite innovative ways and there is serious demand for good PR staff. This year, a lot of the jobs that graduates got in PR and marketing were found through personal contacts and through recruitment agencies, so build up your contacts, and network your way to a job!

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Media professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
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.

Public relations

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

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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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£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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