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Our BA Politics & International Relations and Journalism degree gives you the opportunity to study current challenges in national and international politics while developing a range of journalistic skills that will help you understand how key events are communicated in our so-called ‘post-truth’ era of fake news and alternative facts.

This degree focuses particularly on the interactions between media distribution and political governance while also giving students the opportunity to study both subjects in their breadth and diversity. We will ensure that your studies enhance knowledge, understanding and academic confidence and deliver strong transferrable and professional skills for a career, not limited to, but particularly in media, publishing and public relations.

During your studies you will explore topical practical and theoretical questions. You might explore issues which arise as a result of increasing political focus on different dimensions of security and its governance, for example in the modules ‘Security & Governance’, ‘Terrorism and Security’ or ‘The State in the 21st Century’. Journalism modules complement this by giving you the opportunity to consider how changing political conditions impact  in areas of media production from news to features and online journalism. A module entitled ‘Journalism, Law and Ethics’ explores why we need an understanding of the regulatory framework to work as a journalist.

You will be taught by experts who work at the cutting edge of their research disciplines. Our journalism team are highly experienced practitioners who will help you develop the skills to produce work in different styles and for diverse markets.

Your learning experience will include subject-specific methods such as producing news items and features for a target readership and a variety of transferrable skills built through both subject areas, such as, structured argumentation and strong oral and written
communication.

You will be able to undertake a placement or study abroad year to gain professional experience or increase global awareness to build skills relevant to your studies in Politics and International Relations or Journalism.

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • A flexible programme of study across two complementary disciplines that allows you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • Exceptional teaching by academics conducting world-leading research
  • Innovative courses that enable you to understand the rewarding connection between these two disciplines
  • Transferable skills built through work placements, internships and extra-curricular activities
  • The chance to study for a year at one of our many partner institutions across the world

What job can I get?

Studying politics and international relations teaches you to ask penetrating questions and identify flawed arguments – skills integral to news and investigative reporting. You’ll develop many other transferable skills sought by employers, such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to communicate ideas in a structured, productive way. Our hands-on journalism training equips you to pursue a career in the media, whether in features, news, radio or online. You’ll have opportunities to go on work placements at local newspapers, radio stations or TV channels, where many students have work published.

Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in a range of industries including teaching, the media, publishing and  information management. For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our politics and journalism students benefit from being part of a diverse and active academic community. Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. We see our students as fellow researchers, and we place a great deal of importance on sharing and developing skills.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV. We offer extra-curricular modules in debating and model United Nations, while our journalism students gain practical skills through work placements and writing for the University’s newspaper, TV or digital channels. You’ll be able to network with invited speakers and take short industry summer courses.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad at one of our many partner universities is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens, for example studying in America will give you first-hand experience of a Trump and Republican government. Wherever you choose to study, immersing yourself in a host country enhances your learning, giving you a greater appreciation of other cultures and societies, and a deeper understanding of their everyday lives.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Media Communications - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Journalism, Law and Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Global Media and Society - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Radio Journalism - 15 Credits
  • Social Media - 15 Credits
  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits
  • Journalism Skills: Features - 15 Credits
  • Journalism Skills: News - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Comparative Political Systems - 30 Credits
  • Modern Political Philosophy - 30 Credits
  • Security and Governance - 30 Credits
  • We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice - 15 Credits
  • The State in the 21st Century - 15 Credits
  • Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity - 15 Credits

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

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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.

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 6.0 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

Start DateEnd DateLink
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)