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What are the skills a journalist needs in today’s fast-paced, exciting, digital world?

The way we consume media has been revolutionised by digital technology. Online news, podcasts and social media compete for our attention alongside newspapers, magazines and radio. But today’s journalists still need to be able to tell a story, to keep people informed and entertained, and to communicate the truth.

From learning how to webcast and create videos, to carrying out research and conducting interviews, our BA Journalism degree will give you hands-on practical experience and high-level communications skills from many different areas such as journalism, PR and marketing.

At Herts you’ll explore journalism in the context of the wider media landscape, giving you the flexibility to mould your future, whether that’s in hard news or lifestyle journalism, social media, corporate communications, magazines, marketing or PR.

You’ll be taught by academics who have worked for the BBC, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, The Sun, The Times and a wide variety of other media and broadcast outlets.

Core subjects in your first year include an Introduction to Media Practices and Introduction to Journalism and cover all media platforms, from video and podcasts to web-based and interactive media. You’ll explore the law and ethics of journalism and study Global Media and Society, considering issues such as how globalisation has impacted on the media. Optional modules introduce you to creative writing and film criticism.

In your second year you’ll focus on social media, radio journalism and research methods, as well as building on the skills you’ll need to write engaging features and strong news stories. For potential media entrepreneurs, optional modules on App Design and Video Feature will enable you to explore their commercial possibilities.

Choices in your third year could include studying abroad or spending a placement year building your mass communications skills through working in a social media role, marketing, PR, magazines or corporate communications. Or mix the two with a half-year placement and half-year study abroad, an unusual but increasingly popular combination.

You can also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice, build your own journalism skills portfolio by creating a website or social media campaign, or writing a series of articles – or even start your own business. A further option is a term’s work experience, supported by your tutor, adding to your employability as a skilled media practitioner.

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • A flexible programme, allowing you to explore the many different applications of journalism
  • Expert teaching by lecturers experienced in all aspects of the industry
  • Individual support – you’ll have a personal tutor to guide and advise on your academic and personal development
  • Industry insights – our Media Matters series of talks by invited speakers are delivered by professionals who are also active contributors within our graduate network
  • Placement opportunities, enabling you to enhance your employability and create a portfolio of work 

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our hands-on journalism training equips you to pursue a career in the media, whether in features, news, radio or online, but this degree course also opens up opportunities in PR, corporate communications, marketing and advertising. Your creative and critical thinking, as well as the analytical, research and communication skills you’ll gain through this degree, are all highly valued by employers in a wide range of industries.

One of our recent graduates has been shortlisted for Blogger of the Year in the UK Blog Awards and is now a staff writer on National Geographic Kids magazine. Another is manager of community online development at the Institute of Engineering and Technology[CS1] , while another is a sports journalist on the Daily Express

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Course details

Careers

Studying journalism opens doors to a range of careers where your creativity, writing, communication and research skills are invaluable. Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Teaching methods

Our Journalism students benefit from being part of a small and supportive academic community. There are weekly lectures, practicals where you’ll learn interviewing skills, and other interactive seminars to help you find your feet and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively.

You’ll be encouraged to take part in Hertfordshire and London’s vibrant media scene through work placements and making industry contacts. Recent students have worked for diverse media outlets ranging from the BBC to Hello! magazine and local news sites.

There are also opportunities to get involved in activities that complement your studies, such as writing for the University’s newspaper or working at community and local radio. On campus, this includes Crush Radio, the country’s longest-running university radio station, and Trident Media, UH’s video and print media outlet, run by the Students’ Union.

You’ll be able to network with industry professionals invited to our Media Matters guest lecture series, such as journalist Georgina Lawton, of Gal-dem, the online and print magazine written by women and non-binary people of colour, Terry Mansfield CBE, top executive from Hearst Corporation, publishers of magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Digital Spy and Men’s Health, as well as independent broadcasters and the BBC.

Work Placement

The Placement Year provides you with the opportunity to set your academic studies in a broader, practical context and to gain experience in specific areas relevant to your fields of study. You will also strengthen your time management, organisational and communication skills as well as develop employability skills.

The Placement Year helps you to develop as an independent learner and apply the communication, analytical and other skills gained from studying to the workplace.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Our Journalism students have recently chosen to study in Australia and the US, enhancing their learning, building their confidence and gaining a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies. 

Find out more about our study abroad opportunities 

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Media Practices - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Visual Communication - 15 Credits
  • Interactive Media - 15 Credits
  • Global Media and Society - 15 Credits
  • Journalism Skills: Multiplatform - 15 Credits
  • Journalism and Government - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Law and Regulation for Multiplatform Journalism - 15 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points 

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply

2019

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23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

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23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2021

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20/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)