Why Herts?
  • Ranked 20th nationally for Journalism, Publishing and PR (The Guardian)
  • We are small enough to have a tightly knit community, but big enough to give you the confidence and skills you need to succeed
  • Our courses are led by a mix of experts who work or worked in the media across a wide range of platforms and cutting-edge researchers

About the course

This is a fascinating time to be a journalist, with traditional media like newspapers, magazines, television and radio, jostling for attention alongside online news, blogs, podcasts and social media. This exciting course will develop your practical, professional writing skills, shed new light on how the media works and get you some hands-on experience that employers are really looking for.

Our inspiring, industry-experienced academic team will develop your journalistic skills, introducing you to the concepts of ‘news’ and ‘features’, and teaching you how to carry out research, conduct interviews, structure your writing and get published. As the course progresses, you’ll discover how journalism varies across video, radio and the internet, hear from inspiring industry guest speakers and take placements in real newsrooms.

You’ll also delve into the history of media, its role in society, how it shapes our views and how new technologies are disrupting traditional communication channels. It’s this combination of the theoretical with the highly practical that will turn you into a skilled, well- rounded media practitioner ready to launch an exciting, rewarding career.

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

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Why choose this course?

Real-world skills — Learn how to create and publish content on a broad range of formats including print multimedia and within online platforms?

Bridging theory and practice — Students studying this course will gain a theoretical and critically reflective understanding of media whilst gaining practical skills as an author and designer of published material in variety of formats including print based publications to broadcast and advertising campaigns to web based publications. This means that The majority Almost all of our courses taught are assessed by 100% coursework.

Value added — Every student is allocated a personal tutor to monitor and advise on their overall academic and personal development supplemented with drop-in skills sessions and specialist tutors to refine and polish your writing. Our Media Matters series of Media Industry talks and Creative Writing talks are career-focused, delivered by industry specialist professionals.

Further information on the opportunities available for students and graduates on this degree.

I’ve found the course really good and very helpful. It allows you to learn a variety of skills from various subjects which gives you an open option for career choices.

Johnson Gold, Graduate

Course details

Careers

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?

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.

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

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    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
    Visual Communication 15 Credits Compulsory
    Interactive Media 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Writer's Art: an Introduction to Creative Writing 15 Credits Optional
    Language Analysis 15 Credits Optional
    Introduction to Film Criticism 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
    Research Methods in Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: Features 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: News 15 Credits Compulsory
    The Publishing Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Magazine Design 15 Credits Optional
    Video Feature 15 Credits Optional
    App Design 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Online Journalism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills Portfolio 30 Credits Compulsory
    International Politics and Reporting Global News 15 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Mass Communications Placement Year 0 Credits Optional
    Media and the Sacred: Religion and Popular Culture 15 Credits Optional
    Advertising 15 Credits Optional
    Campaigns and Careers 15 Credits Optional
    Corporate Communications 15 Credits Optional
    Digital Media 15 Credits Optional
    Web Design for Publishing 30 Credits Optional
    Media Project 30 Credits Optional
    Representation and Identity in Contemporary Media 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

    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
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    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)

    2021

    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