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.
We give you:
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, while another is a sports journalist on the Daily Express.
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:
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, 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.
Each year the School of Humanities hosts the Media Matters Guest Lecture Series featuring a range of industry professionals, giving talks on their experience in the industry. These lectures are recorded by our final year students and available on our Media Hub. Some of our previous speakers have included:
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.
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 Study abroad opportunities
*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.
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
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.