Journalism and Communications (BA)
The degree is concerned with the production, content and reception of all journalism and communications.
On a practical level, you will produce portfolios (including digital portfolios), practise journalistic writing skills across a number of platforms including online, broadcast, print and magazines, pitch ideas for new editorial products and businesses, and use a variety of software to produce graphic outputs, blogs, apps, and social media campaigns.
While you will be able to take a number of practical modules, the emphasis of the degree is academic and analytical. You will be able to follow a clear journalism and communication path throughout the three years of study which will culminate in journalism based dissertation.
Crucially, you will gain the ability to research, write and critique your own written projects according to highest academic standards, and utilise modern information technology in researching and presenting. You will develop your ability to work both independently and in groups.
Finally, the course will develop and hone your awareness of the practical and economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, leaving you ideally placed to work in any field where communication skills are required.
While Journalism and Communications in particular is a product of our extensive and growing communications environment, the course also benefits from our experience teaching and researching both journalism and media studies from national and international perspectives.
While this course is both challenging and academic in nature, it does NOT provide vocational journalism training.
- study in the Guardian's top rated School for Journalism and Public Relations (2016 and 2017)
- a flourishing Journalism Society and a student media centre
- year one seminars may be taken through the medium of Welsh
- access to Erasmus and Study Abroad schemes
- careers weeks and workshops to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 125 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 1000 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||ABB, excluding General Studies.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||A minimum of ABB to be achieved from 3 A levels or 2 A levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||33 points, to include 6 in English.|
|Other requirements||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
The BA in Journalism and Communications is a three-year, full-time, modular course. Most modules include 12 weeks of teaching and the rest of the semester is devoted to exams and other kinds of assessment, along with the processes of marking and exam boards.
Welsh-speaking students will have the opportunity of undertaking their first-year seminars through the medium of Welsh.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by July 2017.
Six core 20-credit modules are taught mainly using a lecture/seminar format. You will be introduced to ideas and approaches in the lectures and then carry out more applied and team-based work in seminars.
You will study two core modules, one in each semester and four optional modules, taught mainly using a lecture/seminar format although the tasks developed in seminars will be more ambitious.
You will be expected to develop research protocols, both on your own and in groups, and will begin to experiment with and design methodological procedures (such as survey methods, ethnography, and content and discourse analysis).
By the end of year two, you will have the skills necessary to write a dissertation in year three.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Media and Gender||MC2107||20 credits|
|Media, Power & Society||MC2116||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1||MC2617||20 credits|
|Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2||MC2618||20 credits|
|Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the "Personal" in Cultural Context"||MC2621||20 credits|
|Critical Issues in Television Production||MC2624||20 credits|
|Managing Media Communications||MC2625||20 credits|
|BRITISH COMEDY: CLASS, NATION AND IDENTITY||MC2628||20 credits|
|War, Politics and Propaganda II||MC3549||20 credits|
|Reporting Science, The Environment and Health||MC3595||20 credits|
|Media Law Year 2||MC3600||20 credits|
|Social Media Trends||MC3602||20 credits|
|Media and Democracy||MC3603||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
Year three consists of an optional dissertation, one core module and a choice of elective modules allowing you to specialise in your areas of interest. While a number of these will be based on a lecture/workshop format, the range of teaching methods will be more diverse and involve assignments of greater complexity and challenge.
You will conduct independent research and apply theoretical ideas and approaches to practical and/or analytical work.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Media Law||MC3213||20 credits|
|Writing With Light: Histories of Visual Media||MC3566||20 credits|
|Mediating Childhood||MC3585||20 credits|
|The Making and Shaping of News||MC3589||20 credits|
|Media, Racism, Conflict||MC3593||20 credits|
|Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News Media||MC3596||20 credits|
|Journalism, New Media and The Public||MC3599||20 credits|
|The Mediation of Political Violence||MC3607||20 credits|
|The Creative and Cultural Industries||MC3608||20 credits|
|21st Century British Television: Industry, Form & Audiences||MC3610||20 credits|
|Sport and the Media||MC3612||20 credits|
|Communicating Causes||MC3616||20 credits|
|Video Games Culture, Media and Society||MC3618||20 credits|
|Understanding Media Business||MC3619||20 credits|
|Ystafell Newyddion 3: Palu am y Gwir||MC3621||20 credits|
|Martial Arts Media||MC3622||20 credits|
|Digital Activism||MC3623||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
How will I be taught?
Our teaching is often led and informed by our research. You will be taught in a supportive environment and assigned a personal tutor who is a member of academic staff and able to advise on a wide range of issues.
There will be multi-media and new media learning and production practices should you opt for some of the more practical journalism and media modules.
How will I be supported?
You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor.
You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
How will I be assessed?
A number of modules also involve formative methods of assessment. These usually involve the production of proposals for research based essays (including the dissertation), allowing module tutors the opportunity to provide feedback before you embark on more substantial pieces of written work or other projects. In some cases, formative assignments will have a summative element, and form part of the overall assessment.
The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies guarantees that for assessed work:
- the marking criteria will be clearly displayed
- you will receive detailed typed written comments on your text
- you will receive prompt feedback and all assessed work will be returned to you within four weeks
- the feedback will be explanatory and worded to help you improve
- where necessary we will meet you individually to ensure you understand the feedback
NOTE: The University welcomes applications from disabled students and we may be able to offer alternative assessment methods. However, this may not always be possible, for example where performance is a mode of assessment in a performance module. Such competence standards may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments, but you should refer to the module descriptions for details.
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:
- read, analyse and synthesise complex academic texts
- analyse different media texts, including word, image and sound
- communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
- learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
- work both independently and as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
- carry out various forms of independent research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations
- work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
- use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
- take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development
Studying, working or volunteering abroad as part of your university experience is a great way to broaden your academic knowledge, immerse yourself in another culture and gain skills that will be highly valued by employers. You are able to apply for placements across Europe and internationally through a number of recognised schemes as part of your degree programme.
European destinations include Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Stockholm University (Sweden). International destinations include University of Sydney (Australia), University of Ottawa (Canada), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) and University of Pennsylvania (USA).
In 2013/14, 96% of our graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Many graduates progress onto our postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications masters degrees and from there to various jobs in the media.
Recent examples of entry level jobs include: content author, digital media executive, social media policy adviser, research intern, editorial intern, reporter, PR executive/assistant, policy intern, campaign executive, teaching assistant and also project manager.
Having progressed from entry level jobs our alumni now hold numerous media and administration roles such as: production journalist (Telegraph Media Group), magazine editor (The Independent), senior press officer (Guardian News & Media), film producer (See Saw Films) and digital campaigns & community manager (Ruder Finn).
- Content Author
- Digital Media Exectutive
UK and EU students (2017/18)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Students from outside the EU (2017/18)
Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Please check with us for full clarification.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will not need any specific equipment.
No interview process, offer holders will be invited to Applicant Visit days in Feb/March each year.
Key Information Sets (KIS) make it easy for prospective students to compare information about full or part time undergraduate courses, and are available on the Unistats website.