BA (Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing

  • 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.

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.

What will I study?

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:

  • University of Hertfordshire Mass Communications Graduate, Tobi Akingbade, now Acting Showbiz Editor of Metro,
  • University of Hertfordshire, Journalism, Media and Sport graduate Steven Bourner, now Chief Media Officer and Strategic Comms Lead for the Department of Education,
  • Theresa Malone, Visuals and Social Media Editor of The Guardian,
  • Terry Mansfield, Board Member, Hearst Magazines UK
  • Steve Swann, Producer and investigative Journalist, BBC

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?

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.

'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