University of Hertfordshire - BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations and Journalism

University of Hertfordshire

BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations and Journalism

You’ll follow a flexible programme of study, which introduces you to the methods and approaches of different disciplines, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting. 

Our interactive seminars and workshops help you find your feet in the academic environment, and establish ways of working confidently, creatively and collaboratively. There is plenty of opportunity to add to your journalism through related societies such as the journalism society. 

In your first year, you’ll gain insight to the relationship between citizens and governments. You will be able to choose between modules that allow you to understand how states interact with each other in international politics, why different countries have different political systems and how we can analyse military conflict. You’ll learn about how journalists and government interact and reflect on ethical journalism, as well as learning to write across platforms. 

In your second year, you’ll learn about the ideas that inform democratic politics and develop an understanding of the pressing issues and current dynamics that shape 21st century politics, for example how security concerns shape political decisions, the changing nature of British politics or the politics of energy supply. You’ll expand your journalism range, broadcasting for radio, creating your own magazine concept for an audience and writing for it, finding news stories and learning about the political journalism stories that changed the world from Watergate to Black Lives Matter. And you’ll become adept at working out what is and isn’t fake news. 

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

In your final year, it’s time for the culmination of your studies. You’ll be able to develop expertise on topics that fit with your personal interests and professional aims, preparing you for a range of careers after graduation. You can study the politics of the global economy, how peacebuilding missions function, and what makes them successful, but also take a critical look at how gender dynamics and colonial legacies continue to shape contemporary societies. You’ll become an international reporter, reporting on a global event, will seek out work experience in journalism or related area such as PR or marketing, or start your own media business. You’ll also create your own website and furnish it with content and create a portfolio of work to show employers. By the end of this year, you’ll realise both how far you have come and have a range y of journalism for your CV. 

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

Employability is central to everything we do. Our courses equip you with transferable, intellectual, and personal skills and experiences that are valued by employers in a wide range of industries. 

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. Over 96% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.  

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with our School of Education. 

Many of our graduates go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields. 

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

Year 2

Radio Journalism
Social Media
Graduate Skills
Journalism Skills: Features
Journalism Skills: News

Optional modules
Comparative Political Systems
Modern Political Philosophy
Security and Governance
We, the People: Democratic Theory and Practice
The State in the 21st Century
Political History: Milestones, Change and Continuity

Year 3

Online Journalism
Journalism Skills Portfolio
International Politics and Reporting Global News

Optional modules
International Organisations
Politics of the European Union
Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
Post-Colonial Theory and Non-Western Philosophy
Terrorism and Security
The Politics of Gender
Political Dissertation
International Political Economy

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