Journalism BA(Hons)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

P500

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478464

About the course

Our BA in Journalism looks to the future of the media. We’ll help you develop the skills and knowledge vital to being a journalist in the digital age, so you can tell the stories that matter online and on mobile. You'll learn all aspects of reporting, from researching stories and carrying out interviews, to writing articles for newspapers and online.

Why study Journalism at Huddersfield?

  • 95% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018)
  • You'll make radio pieces, film video reports, design magazines, write blogs and use a variety of social media tools.
  • Internationally leading academics will help you develop a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges in journalistic work and introduce you to cutting-edge digital tools, resources and methods.
  • With a variety of optional modules, our journalism degree gives you the opportunity to tailor your programme to your own interests and career ambitions from television to magazines and beyond.
  • You'll meet a wide range of guest tutors and speakers, kick starting your networking with experts in the industry.

As the work of journalists changes dramatically in a digital world, this course helps you understand how the emergence of new media platforms impacts on journalistic practice and media industries. You'll have the opportunity to learn how to make and analyse media, exploring how technological change shapes media genres and texts, how to operate as a journalist across media formats and platforms, and how to become a successful PR practitioner.

Journalism is one of the most exciting and fast-changing careers around, and at Huddersfield we’ve got our eyes fixed firmly on the future. From using online tools to tell stories in creative new ways, to developing the crucial analytical skills that are vital for working in today’s media, we aim to make sure the next generation of journalists have the abilities they need to get their careers off to a flying start. 

Richard Jones

Richard Jones, Course Leader for Journalism and Music Journalism

Course detail

Core modules:

Writing for the Media and Storytelling

This module introduces students to a range of media and professional writing practices. Students will be guided to develop transferable skills for a broad range of media writing. They will analyse material in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and online and through progressive writing activities develop and hone their writing skills. The module will introduce students to different types of journalistic writing.

Video and Audio Production

The module introduces you to a range of audio and video technologies: mobile, online, TV/video and radio/audio. You will be provided with the essential studio and location skills necessary to produce a series of media artefacts, and to understand the language and concepts required to evaluate the product.

Users

This module examines media, audiences, users and participants. It will explore key approaches and debates in the analysis of audiences, in addition to understanding how they can be placed into social, historical and economic contexts. Attention will be paid to methodological questions about users, as well as examining key debates in Audience and Reception Studies, including active/passive debates; the digital public sphere and participation; questions of power and gender; the relationship between media producers, texts and users; the social construction of identity; and media and cultural globalisation and diaspora. By the end of the module students will be able to apply a wide range of theories about users, audiences and participants in historical and contemporary cultures, while comprehending the contexts and consequences of media convergence and the role of participatory media in the dissemination and reception of mediated content. Your seminars and workshops focus on audiences and users of creative media and entertainment content in particular.

Industries

Whether the emphasis is on journalism, film, music, TV, broadcast sports, video games, online streaming, or another media form, the production of creative content always takes place in the context of specific industrial and organisational structures. This module provides you with an introduction to the key theories, concepts and methods needed to understand those structures, their impact on the professionals and organisations working within them, and the ways in which they shape the media landscape. The module places particular emphasis on political economic approaches to the media and production studies, but attention will also be given to theories of creativity, branding, and industrial conceptions of their audiences.Your seminars and workshops explore in particular media entertainment industries.

Technology

This module provides you with a detailed understanding of the role of technology in shaping and being shaped by mediated communication with a particular focus on digital media technologies. The module combines the critical analysis of media technologies with practical skills to use those technologies for media and creative industry professionals.

Texts

This module introduces you to the analysis of industrially produced, professional media texts along with user-generated content (UGC). It ranges across different textual formats (written, spoken, audiovisual) from ‘old’ media (such as the press, film or television) and ‘new’ media (YouTube clips/memes) in the digital era, providing you with a toolbox of analytical methods to understand the construction and meaning-making of such texts and it introduces the concept of genre, their origin, content and structure. You will analyse user-generated texts, such as GIFs, podcasts and promotional texts.Your seminars and workshops focus on studying textual forms with a particular focus on popular entertainment.

Entry requirements

BBCat A Level

112 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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

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.

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Placements


Our Journalism degree includes two exciting placement opportunities. Students are encouraged to undertake an optional one-year (48 weeks) placement in Year 3. We support our students in finding suitable placement opportunities in the Media Industries and beyond. During the placement year 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.

The final year compulsory placement module also gives you the chance to put your skills into practice over a 150 hour period. You'll spend time working with an external client, such as a newspaper, broadcaster or production company, or in Public Relations.

Previous placement providers have ranged from magazines and newspapers such as the Huddersfield Examiner and Barnsley Chronicle, to national opportunities at the Press Association, as well as corporate clients seeking professional video work and agencies in the fast-developing field of social media.

Being there and seeing first-hand how a PR office works, together with the unbelievable amount of work and dedication that goes into the job, allowed me to understand the field I hope to go into.

RebeccaHaslam

Rebecca Haslam, Journalism BA(Hons) completed placement at Chuff Media

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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.

Your Career


A selection of companies that have employed Huddersfield graduates from the Journalism BA(Hons) course in recent years include the Press Association** and a wide range of local and regional newspapers and magazines. Others have moved into public relations and social media with agencies across the north of England and further afield. Graduates have also used their journalism skills to begin careers in advertising, recruitment and the public services, including as college media tutors teaching the next generation of students.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated)

**Source: LinkedIn

91% 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.

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.

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

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