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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Journalism

Prepare for a career in today's dynamic media landscape, taught by professional journalists with vast experience in newspapers, radio, television, magazine and online.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: 2020/21 fees are not yet confirmed. See fees and funding below.
How long will I study? 6 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

Course summary

  • Conduct your own interviews and vox-pops.
  • Cover a range of real events including courts and council meetings.
  • Produce tightly written work to deadline and word count.
  • Learn media law and ethics, including industry codes of conduct.
  • Integrate digital journalism into all your practical work.

From the start, you create content for a variety of media platforms, using audio, photography and video. You learn how to use social media professionally and set up your own professional website.

There is also an opportunity to apply to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.


How you learn

Tutors and students provide an overview of the course and what it's like to study in Sheffield


Learning takes place in lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and screenings, where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. You are encouraged to work in teams and small groups as well as developing an individual approach to your learning.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • seminars
  • screenings
  • essays
  • examinations
  • group and individual presentations
  • practical work

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Live projects

You have opportunities for work experience throughout your course, through our strong links with the creative industries. Previous students have

  • helped produce programmes for Radio 5 Live
  • worked at BBC Radio Sheffield
  • run the website for Doncaster Rovers
  • worked as editorial assistants for the Independent, Vogue, Heat and Gay Times
  • written for the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed
  • covered elections for TV station Sheffield Live

Field trips

We have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world – attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.

Our annual Creative Industries Pathway event brings you face-to-face with leading figures across the media industry, while our annual Grad Talk connects you with recent journalism, media and PR graduates who can pass on invaluable tips about how to progress from university to career.

Networking opportunities

We have a lively guest lecture programme, where our contacts across the media give one-off talks. It's been described as one of the best in the country by the magazine industry body the Professional Publishers Association. Recent guest lecturers have come from online and print magazines, radio and television newsrooms, local and national newspapers, PR companies and marketing agencies.


Future careers

The entire course, in terms of both content and approach, is geared towards producing employable professionals within the vibrant national and international creative media industry.

Recent graduates from the course are now working

  • as feature writers at magazines including Closer, Which? and Gay Times, as well as at a variety of B2B (business to business) magazines
  • for broadcasters including BBC World Service, BBC local radio, ITV, Liverpool FC TV, Sky and TalkSport
  • in PR and marketing roles for Sheffield Wednesday FC, Everton FC, Manchester, Warrington and Nottinghamshire councils, Oxford University Press and HRH the Prince of Wales
  • in social media and digital roles for Amnesty International, Irwin Mitchell and Johnston Press
  • as freelance journalists

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

Student success story
laura Burden

‘For me, the best part of doing a masters is getting to explore new skills and research in something I’m really passionate about, while being supported by the best lecturers and staff.’

Laura Burden, MA Journalism

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Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including a new TV studio and radio studios, regularly refurbished and updated with the dedicated support of the Creative Media Centre support staff.


Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

    112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. For example:

  • BBC at A Level with a grrade C in a relevant subject.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: History Of Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Democracy Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Media, Power And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multimedia Storytelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Media And Web Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20
Module: History Of Journalism Credits: 20
Module: Media Law And Democracy Credits: 20
Module: Media, Power And Society Credits: 20
Module: Multimedia Storytelling Credits: 20
Module: Social Media And Web Journalism Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20
Module: Feature Writing Credits: 20
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20
Module: Researching And Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Investigative Journalism Credits: 20
Module: Life And Style Journalism Credits: 20
Module: Radio Documentary And Podcasting Credits: 20

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20
Module: Feature Writing Credits: 20
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20
Module: Researching And Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Investigative Journalism Credits: 20
Module: Life And Style Journalism Credits: 20
Module: Radio Documentary And Podcasting Credits: 20

Year 5

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Data Journalism And Visualisation Credits: 20
Module: Journalism Dissertation / Project Credits: 40

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Data Journalism And Visualisation Credits: 20
Module: Journalism Dissertation / Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Covering The Courts Credits: 20
Module: Magazine Creation Credits: 20
Module: Magazine Publishing Credits: 20
Module: Radio Broadcasting Credits: 20
Module: Tv Journalism And Production Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time undergraduate study in 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF)

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