Journalism and Creative Writing

Do you want to write for a living? This course will help you to develop professional writing skills.

These styles of writing, although different, share a number of characteristics from engaging your reader to writing for a target audience.

Creative writers and journalists utilise similar research skills, storytelling, and skills in writing across a range of platforms including web, blogs and media, print, video, audio and multimedia.

Studying journalism alongside creative writing will give you opportunities to develop your voice as a writer and a wider potential for publication.

Year 1

Everyone will study Media Cultures, Journalism and Creative Writing. You then have the option to choose one of the three optional subjects to study in your first year.

Core modules

  • Media Cultures
    • Introduction to Media Communications
    • Media and Society
  • Journalism
    • Journalism Skills: Print News and Features
    • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • Creative Writing
    • The Writer's Art
    • Becoming a Writer


  • New Media Publishing
    • Graphics for the Web
    • Web Animation
  • Film
    • Introduction to Film Criticism
    • Introduction to Film Theory
  • English Language & Communication
    • Talking to Others: Theory and Practice of Communication
    • Language Analysis

Year 2

  • Year 2 modules
    • Journalism Skills: Print News, Markets and Styles
    • Radio Journalism
    • Becoming a Publisher
    • The Long and the Short of It
    • The Poem
    • Journalism Skills: Features, Markets and Styles
    • Social Media

Year 3

  • Year 3 modules
    • Journalism Government and the People
    • Journalism Portfolio (double Module)
    • Dark Material: Writing Young Adult Fiction
    • Tell It Slant
    • Online Journalism
    • Independent Project
    • Adaption: From Page to Stage or Screen
    • Campaigns and Careers


Our Mass Communications Programme students have gone on to secure employment as:

  • Senior Creative Designer (BWI Ltd)
  • Content Marketing (Reprise Media)
  • Senior Feature Writer (Take a Break)
  • Publishing Project Editor (Learning Solutions - Pearson)
  • Senior Digital Marketer & Web Developer (R3 Group)
  • PR and Editorial Assistant (Cubiqdesign Ltd)
  • Editor at UMEN Magazine (Jordan)
  • Assistant Director of Learning and ICT & International Schools Coordinator (Longdean)
  • Press and Policy Officer (Retail Motor Industry Federation)
  • Senior multimedia reporter (Trinity Mirror Group PLC)
  • Executive HR at (SEGi Malaysia)
  • Marketing Executive (Eckoh plc)
  • Content Analyst (UK Knowledgebase)
  • Assistant Film Director (HK)
  • Graphic Designer (Mostaix Malaysia)
  • Journalist (Malay Mail Malaysia)
  • Client Partner (Clearhead Media)
  • Internal Communications Specialist (Abu Dhabi - General Secretariat of the Executive Council)
  • Journalist (New Strait Times Malaysia)
  • Copywriter (Win Technologies)
  • Account Executive (Priority Communications Malaysia)
  • Intern (Fashion and Celebrity Gossip –

Information taken from our alumni from LinkedIn - June 2014.


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