Music Journalism BA(Hons)

2022-23

Start date

19 September 2022

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

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Places available (subject to change)

30

About the course

Music and journalism are two very exciting and creative industries. This degree brings them together, allowing you to combine your passions for sound, social media and the written word.

We’ll teach you core skills in writing, video and audio production and creating social content, as part of a professional, digital mindset, which you can apply to a range of music and media careers.

You’ll think about fans, the lifeblood of music, and the power they have in shaping artists and genres – as well as learning about the wider world of music, media, film and culture.

Why study Music Journalism at Huddersfield?

  • You’ll learn music journalism across a range of media, from writing reviews and making podcasts, to creating videos and social media content.
  • Our world-leading academics will help you develop a deep understanding of fandoms and media participation.
  • You’ll use our industry-standard studio and editing facilities, and get to take advantage of work experience opportunities.
  • Studying a wide range of music will let you deepen your feeling for the genres you already know, and spark new passions for ones you don’t.

Studying Music Journalism is much more than just writing about your favourite band. We’ll challenge you to explore a range of genres and give you the skills you need for a range of exciting careers: from journalism, to music promotion and audio production.

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Caroline Pringle, Course Leader for Music Journalism

Course detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Music Research

You will learn how to be a successful and confident independent researcher, gaining the skills to investigate music and musicians across a range of styles and genres appropriate to your course. Lectures and seminars will explore the musical links between aesthetics, society, politics, and technology, and you will focus your coursework on repertoire and issues that matter to you.

Media Users, Audiences and Fans

No matter what area of media you want to work in, you can be sure your audience won’t just be sitting back and letting your content wash over them. They can access it on devices large and small, and won’t be shy about participating in the debate. This module introduces you to the study of media audiences, and helps you understand the context of media convergence.

News Industries and Law

Journalism has changed dramatically, even in your short lifetimes. We help you make sense of the shifts in the news business, to help set you up for a career behind the headlines. And there’s an all-important guide on how to stay out of trouble, with guidance on legal topics such as contempt of court, defamation and copyright.

Digital Communication Technology

Your phone screen may be the first thing you see in the morning and the last thing you check at night, and in this module we look at the role of technology in shaping our world. We combine critical analysis of key platforms and technologies, from Google and YouTube to Facebook and Twitter, with teaching you the skills to use those tools to create professional media content.

Digital Video and Audio Production

Getting behind the camera and the microphone is a dream career for many. This module is where you start to make those dreams a reality. We’ll take you through how to use industry-standard cameras and digital recorders to capture video and audio, and then Adobe editing software to turn that raw material into crafted pieces.

Media Writing and Narrative

Telling stories is at the heart of all kinds of media jobs, from music reviewing to influencer marketing. Here we help you improve your writing, so you’re comfortable researching and writing pieces in a range of styles. Analysing professional examples will help you get a handle on what you’ll be aiming to match as your skills develop.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level .

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma course with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Applicants with prior learning or prior experiential learning will be considered individually by the School of Music, Humanities and Media Accreditation and Validation Panel, to assess whether it is appropriate to grant general or specific credit towards the course.

Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


Our Music Journalism degree includes two exciting placement opportunities. Students are encouraged to undertake an optional year-long (48 weeks) placement in Year 3. We support our students in finding suitable placement opportunities in the Music and Media Industries and beyond. During the placement years you are supported by an academic tutor and have the opportunity to build professional experience invaluable for your final year of study and future career.

Our final year compulsory placement module also gives you the chance to put your skills into practice over a 150 hour period. Past students have undertaken placements with printed magazines such as the NME, as well as respected online music publications. Others have gone to radio stations from both the BBC and commercial sectors across the north of England, from Manchester to Hull and many points in between.

Through videography work I produced at university, I was able to gain enough experience and exposure to be offered a full-time position at Little Dot Studios in London. I now work as one of their in-house video editors and operation assistants.

Student at Workplace

Woody Delaney, Music Journalism BA(Hons)

Your Career


A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates from the BA Music Journalism course in recent years include a range of magazines and online publications. Some are having successful careers working for public relations and social media agencies, with other graduates using their journalism skills to move into marketing, fashion, event organising and recruitment.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who are in work and/or further study fifteen months after graduating (Unistats 17/18 data, UK domiciled graduates)

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Our technical services team have many years of higher education and industry support experience and provide practical “hands on and online support ” expertise to students in television and film production such as demonstrating camera techniques, sound, lighting and editing in post-production. We also guide students in the use of film, broadcast, and IT software applications as well as access to support guidance information.

Research excellence

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film at the University of Huddersfield is home to one of Europe's leading centres for the study of participatory culture, fans and popular media. The Centre for Participatory Culture brings together preeminent researchers in the study of popular culture with specialism such as screen industries and branding, media sport in the digital age, music festivals and music tourism, science fiction fandom, Regional Reality TV Drama, identity and globalisation, and the rise of fandom and anti-fandom in politics. The centre also explores the rise of digital media technologies and platforms, including social media and their impact on media industries and media representations, including on forms of journalism. We also assess the role of these technologies in changes to political participation and democracy.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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