Music Journalism BA(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Magazines, newspapers, TV and radio journalism – we look at all media to develop your broadcasting, writing and journalism skills to be a music journalist.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC

BTEC - DMM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

P502

Places available (subject to change)

30

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 478464

About the course

You love music and have your own favourite bands and practitioners, and you want to be able to express your opinions and get to know more about the world of media. Our BA in Music Journalism can help you build the skills you need to cut through all the other noise and opinion out there to have the chance to establish yourself in an exciting career.

Everyone has an opinion about music, and plenty of people express their thoughts with tweets and blogs. Yet there’s a lot of attitude, loyalties and prejudice that are skewing people’s views and the commentary that’s out there. By learning how to put forward an objective and compelling argument, you can stand out and get your opinions heard.

Our course aims to give you a practical grounding in the styles and techniques of music journalism. We’ll look at everything from writing for the printed page to online articles. You’ll be able to explore radio and video journalism, and find out how social media platforms work too.

To give you a good overview of your subject, you’ll also have the chance to study music in general. You could look at music genres, the music business and controversies surrounding contemporary music. We’ll also give you the opportunity to gain vital training in media law and ethics.

While you’re on the course you’ll be taught by tutors who are leading the way in their fields. Writers, broadcasters, academics and researchers all contribute, and our staff regularly work for national newspapers and magazines.

In your final year we’ll ask you to research and write a dissertation on the aspect of the media industry that you’re most interested in. You’ll also be able to choose from a range of modules, from investigative reporting through to the latest innovations in journalism.

Placements


Our final year work-based learning module allows you to engage on a practical level with the music and journalism industries.

The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects.

Past students have done 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 all points in between. Those keener on pursuing careers in promotions and events have organised charity music nights at local venues.

I did my placement, writing and managing an online magazine and getting a lot of insight into advertising and PR. I then went on to write for the The Examiner, so I’ve had loads of opportunities to meet new people and interview artists.

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Charlotte Strickland, Music Journalism BA(Hons) in 2016

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

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

Hear from our students


Jess is studying Sports Journalism BA(Hons). She chose Journalism at the University of Huddersfield as it offered the best facilities she'd seen at any Open Day. Watch Jess rehearse in a TV studio as she describes how the University has given her confidence and experience to help pursue a career in television after graduation.

Course Detail

Writing for the Media

This module introduces you to a range of media and professional writing practices. You will be guided to develop transferable skills for a broad range of media writing. You will analyse material in newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets and online publications and through progressive writing activities develop and hone your journalistic skills. The module will introduce you to the relationship between the media and the law, and the range of legal provisions and ethical issues which affect media writing practices. You'll be assessed on a series of articles you'll write during the year.

Media and Society

This module offers you training in the academic skills required to be able to work in an undergraduate environment, and to reflect on your learning. In the process it presents you with an overview of various contemporary social issues and possible theoretical approaches to the social role of the mass media. There are two assessed essays.

Music Radio

This module seeks to develop your skills within, and understanding of, music radio so that you will be able to identify and appreciate major elements of both music-based and speech-based radio. You will develop your radio production skills and will be able to compile examples of your own journalistic work in this field. The varied assessments include an interview, a radio station programme schedule, an in-depth radio report, and a 30-minute programme which you'll produce and present as part of a group.

Music Genres

The module will enable you to develop an understanding and appreciation of music genres by examining a selection of important examples of music from different periods and traditions, through the use of video, documentaries and recordings. You will consider their historical significance in terms of their origin, content and structure; and in relation to their broader cultural and social influences. Assessment is through an essay and a presentation.

Journalism Technologies

You almost certainly use a wide range of social media tools in your own life already, and this module will give you the knowledge to turn that into a more professional understanding of digital media technologies. You'll learn the practical skills to use social and online tools in journalism. You'll explore a range of social media platforms and examine their impact on journalism and the wider media. Assessment is through an online learning log, an analysis of how news outlets use online and social tools, and an original piece of multimedia journalism of your own.

Introduction to Public Relations

The module provides you with an introduction to public relations, exploring how it shapes and influences the media through a detailed analysis of print and broadcast news. You'll be introduced to the history of PR and key theoretical models. You will also explore the difference between PR, advertising and marketing. In workshops you will develop practical skills giving you an understanding of the basic operations of the industry. Assessment is through an analytical log, a series of press releases which you'll write, and a group presentation.

Teaching and assessment

19.46% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, workshops etc. You'll learn from professional journalists and academics in lectures, seminars, projects and group work. Assessment of this course will take a variety of forms including written assignments, study logs, examinations, individual and group projects, presentations, practical production, and a dissertation.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

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. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  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.

*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.

Our Students and Graduates

Click on the images below to read more about our current students and graduates work experiences

Your Career


As a journalism graduate you are valued for the range of core journalistic skills you have developed including researching, investigating, interviewing, reporting and writing, in addition to technical skills such as use of video, audio, social and online tools and editing.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and / or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

80%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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

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, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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