Why Herts?
  • Ranked 20th nationally for Journalism, Publishing and PR (The Guardian)
  • We are a tight-knit community that can give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed
  • Our courses are led by award-winning, published authors and media experts

About the course

A career in writing enables you explore the world through your work – discovering people and places, exploring unfolding events, influencing debate and shaping your own creative voice. On this course, you’ll write for blogs, websites, print, video, audio and multimedia contexts, developing the skills to research your subject and really engage your readers.

Together, these subjects give you exciting opportunities to develop your voice as a writer and discover ways to publish your work. In journalism, you’ll learn about ethics, target audiences and the journey from interview to finished article. You’ll analyse newspapers and their values, as well as exploring broadcasting and online journalism.

In creative writing, you’ll learn important skills for devising, editing, revising and submitting your work. You’ll analyse texts, explore the effects of the author’s choices and create short stories, drama, poetry and creative nonfiction of your own. You’ll also have opportunities to work with schools or museums, attend guest lectures, study abroad or take a year’s work placement.

From September 2020, subject to validation, we will be offering a new single hons degree in Creative Writing. Find out more information.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Journalism
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Mass Communications Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 2 Journalism Programme Specification 2019 Programme specification 3 Creative Writing Programme Specification 2018 Programme specification 4 Film Programme Specification 2018 Programme specification 5 English Language & Communication Programme Specification

Why choose this course?

This course will help you to develop professional writing skills.

Journalism and Publishing at the University of Hertfordshire ranked 21st out of 57 universities in the Guardian University league table 2016.

I was able to learn about news, interview and feature writing, as well as the legal and ethical side to journalism. It's a very practical course, for example, we were tasked with pitching stories to the press and had to produce our own magazine in a group - although this involved a lot of research, we were able to be very creative by using InDesign. Overall, I gained vital skills that I use everyday in my work

Rebecca McAleese

BA (Hons) Journalism & Creative Writing graduate

Course details


Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment in media, publishing, teaching and information management where their skills in analysis, communication and evaluation are highly valued. Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study engaging in research in their chosen fields. Whatever your future career plans, what is important to your potential employers is the range of intellectual, transferable, personal skills and experience you have gained and can demonstrate. We ensure our programmes are relevant to the world of work through active links with regional employers across a range of industries and professions.

What job can I get?

This course is ideal for those who want to discuss the latest film, design websites or develop professional writing skills in journalism or creative writing. Our graduates have an excellent record of securing roles in the media, publishing, teaching and information management. Many graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

Teaching methods

The delivery of teaching varies according to the characteristics of each module. Many are taught via weekly lectures and weekly seminars. Workshops are used for modules where the degree of practical skills taught is enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field. Attainment of learning outcomes is also assessed in a range of formats. Sometimes you will have to present the findings of your research to your fellow students in the seminars. You will be expected to contribute to online discussions and to download and read lecture notes from StudyNet, our virtual learning environment.

'Media Matters' Guest Lecture series

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:

  • Lewis Wiltshire, Head of Sport, Twitter UK
  • Jessica Fellowes, Author and freelance journalist
  • Ren Behan, Food blogger and journalist
  • Terry Mitchinson, Welwyn Hatfield Times Editor
  • Natasha Henry, Freelance sports journalist
  • Richard Keith, Journalist for Edge Magazine and Publisher, PCGamer
  • Georgina Lawton of online ezine Gal-Dem for women and non binary people of colour
  • Steve Swann, Investigative journalist, 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

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Study Abroad

Students may decide to take an optional additional year to study abroad or take an internship in a relevant industry in order to gain extra experience. These options are described below.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Media Practices 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language Analysis 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Film Criticism 15 Credits Optional
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Optional
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Radio Journalism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Social Media 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: Features 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: News 15 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Online Journalism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills Portfolio 30 Credits Compulsory
    Short Story Workshop 15 Credits Compulsory
    International Politics and Reporting Global News 15 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    The Humanities Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Poetry 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Prose 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Script 30 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 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.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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.

    View detailed information about our accommodation

    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students