University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Journalism and Media

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Journalism and Media

Teaching delivery is varied. Workshops are used for modules where the degree of practical skills taught is enhanced by the supervision of experts in their field but there are also seminars and lectures. Attainment of learning outcomes is also assessed in a range of formats from traditional essays to presentations, creating adverts or campaigns or working in a small group to create presentations or other creative project. 

In your first year, you’ll explore the basics of journalism, learning about how to tell factual stories in written form, through blogs and podcasting and video. You’ll also reflect on how journalists should and do behave and their relationship with government. You’ll also learn about the media industry and about how media is changing in our globalised world. 

In your second year, you’ll start to broadcast, brainstorm ideas for a magazine concept, learn about how journalism changed the world and gain insights into the fast-paced world of news. In media, you’ll explore the world of branding or magazine design, learn about the publishing industry and have the opportunity to create a short video documentary. 

Work placement/study abroad option*: Between your second and final year, you’ll have the option to study abroad or complete a work placement for up to a year. Not only will this give you an amazing experience to talk about, but it will also give your CV a boost. If you would rather go straight to your final year, that’s fine too. You can decide in your second year with us, so there is still plenty of time to think about this.  

In your final year, you’ll get a wide range of options. In journalism you will report on international stories, create your own website, have work experience, freelance or create your own media business. You will also practice writing for a variety of audiences. In media, choose between practical projects such as creating a media project for a client or designing for the web, or learning more about Public Relations, Advertising or the relationship between media and identity and celebrity and media. This is when you’ll use our membership of the PRCA and BSME to best advantage to gain opportunities to network professionally and build up your professional skills. 

'Media Matters' industry speakers and networking. 

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: 

  • Uche Amako, Sportswriter for The Telegraph who studied Journalism at UH.
  • Theresa Malone, Visuals and Social Media Editor of The Guardian.
  • Andrea Thompson, Editor in Chief of Marie Claire.
  • Charlotte Jones, Global Content Creator, Life Coach who studied Media and Journalism at UH.
  • Steve Swann, Producer and investigative Journalist, BBC.

Entry Requirements

UCAS pointsA LevelBTECIB requirement
112 - 120BBC - BBBDMM - DDM112 - 120 points

GCSE: Grade 4/C in English Language and 4/D Mathematics

Access Course Tariff: An overall merit profile in 45 credits at Level 3.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

Career Prospects

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.

Course Details

Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.   

Year 1

Introduction to media communications
Introduction to journalism
Journalism, law and ethics
Global media and society
Journalism skills: multiplatform
Journalism and government
Sound and image storytelling
Visual communication

Year 2

Radio journalism
Research methods in media communications
Journalism skills: features
The publishing industry
Journalism skills news
How journalism changed the world: from watergate to social media and fake news

Optional modules
Video feature
New media branding
Mobile media design
Magazine design

Year 3

Online journalism
Journalism skills portfolio
International politics and reporting global news

Optional modules
Corporate communications
Representation and identity in contemporary media
Professional media practice project
Music, celebrity and media
Creating a pr campaign
Web design for media professionals

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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