Journalism, Media and English Literature (BA)

The joint honours degree in Journalism and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects

The BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

While the journalism part of the degree examines the media in its growth and historical and cultural significance in shaping our lives, the English literature modules focus on the critical analysis of a range of texts from different periods together with the exploration of complex ideas.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging set of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Within English literature, you are free to follow a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.

You will also study the many facets of journalism and media in an era of globalisation and dynamic social change and their impact on society, politics and popular culture.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • a reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology
  • a strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture
  • a flourishing Journalism Society and English Society as well as a student media centre
  • careers weeks and workshops organised regularly to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’.

Key facts

UCAS CodePQ53
Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Studying in WelshUp to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information
Typical places availableThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available, The School of Journalism. Media and Cultural Studies typically has 125 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications, The School of Journalism. Media and Cultural Studies typically receives 600 applications.
Typical A level offerAAB, excluding General Studies. An A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing is required.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerWBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer36 points.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course
Admissions tutor(s)

This full-time course lasts for three years with two semesters per year, split between the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. There are 120 credits a year. Most modules are worth 20 credits.

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.

Year one

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism from a range of core and optional modules.

Year two

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism.

There are no compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to shape your own programme of study. You can select from those offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

Module titleModule codeCredits
War, Politics and Propaganda IIMC354920 credits
Media and GenderMC210720 credits
Tele-FictionsMC351720 credits
Doing Media Research: Approaches and MethodsMC355120 credits
Reporting Science, The Environment and HealthMC359520 credits
Media Law Year 2MC360020 credits
Creative Writing ISE241720 credits
Fiction of The Indian SubcontinentSE228320 credits
Media, Power & SocietyMC211620 credits
Media and DemocracyMC360320 credits
Reading Old EnglishSE244120 credits
Modernist FictionsSE244520 credits
Social Media TrendsMC360220 credits
Modernism and the CitySE246320 credits
The Post-1945 American NovelSE256620 credits
Imaginary Journeys: More to HuxleySE245720 credits
Contemporary Women's WritingSE244620 credits
Children's Literature: Form & FunctionSE244720 credits
Gothic Fiction: The Romantic AgeSE246820 credits
Romanticism, Politics, AestheticsSE246920 credits
Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form 1920-1940SE247020 credits
Ways of ReadingSE244920 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1MC261720 credits
Social Media, Politics, and SocietyMC261620 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2MC261820 credits
World Cinema, History and CultureMC261920 credits
Cultural Politics of ComedyMC262020 credits
Birth and Death and Marriage in the Media: Researching the "Personal" in Cultural Context"MC262120 credits
The Robin Hood TraditionSE236720 credits
Literature and ScienceSE247120 credits
Dickens in Many MediaSE247220 credits
Shakespeare's Tragedies and HistoriesSE247720 credits
Chivalry and Subversion in Medieval LiteratureSE246420 credits
Shakespeare's Late PlaysSE259420 credits
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women WritersSE247620 credits
Contemporary Irish PoetrySE247320 credits
The Twentieth Century Novel in the British IslesSE245620 credits
Modern and Contemporary Women's PoetrySE247420 credits
Style & GenreSE141620 credits
Visual VictoriansSE247520 credits
Mapping Wales: Politics and Identity in Contemporary Welsh Fiction in EnglishSE247820 credits
Film and Cultural TheoryMC262220 credits
Critical Issues in Television ProductionMC262420 credits
Data Journalism in Theory and PracticeMC262320 credits
Digital CultureMC262620 credits
Celebrity CultureMC262720 credits
Managing Media CommunicationsMC262520 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in English literature and 60 credits in journalism.

There are no compulsory modules, giving you the flexibility to shape your own programme of study. You can select from those offered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

You have the option of writing a dissertation worth 40 credits.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationMC310340 credits
Mediating ChildhoodMC358520 credits
Media LawMC321320 credits
Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News MediaMC359620 credits
Media, Racism, ConflictMC359320 credits
Writing With Light: Histories of Visual MediaMC356620 credits
Journalism, New Media and The PublicMC359920 credits
The Making and Shaping of NewsMC358920 credits
HitchcockSE254420 credits
Creative Writing III: Special TopicsSE237320 credits
Creative Writing II: Special TopicsSE237020 credits
DissertationSE252420 credits
Writing Caribbean SlaverySE256820 credits
The Mediation of Political ViolenceMC360720 credits
The Creative and Cultural IndustriesMC360820 credits
Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance LiteratureSE258320 credits
French TheorySE257020 credits
Utopia: Suffrage to CyberpunkSE258120 credits
Sport and the MediaMC361220 credits
21st Century British Television: Industry, Form & AudiencesMC361020 credits
Gender & Monstrosity: Late/Neo VictorianSE256420 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) SpringSE625260 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 credits
Communicating CausesMC361620 credits
Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsex'd Females: Women in public life, 1770 - 1800SE258820 credits
Gothic Fiction: The VictoriansSE258920 credits
Four English Poets of the Twentieth CenturySE259120 credits
Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary ManuscriptsSE259220 credits
Postcolonial TheorySE259320 credits
Video Games Culture, Media and SocietyMC361820 credits
Visions of Past and Future in Children's LiteratureSE259520 credits
Medical FictionsSE259620 credits
Military Masculinities in the Long Nineteenth CenturySE259720 credits
Understanding Media BusinessMC361920 credits
Religion, Politics and Sex, 1640-1714SE254820 credits
Medieval Arthurian LiteratureSE229520 credits
Island Stories: Literatures of the North AtlanticSE259820 credits
Dialect in Literature and FilmSE141320 credits
Modern Drama: Page, Stage, ScreenSE255120 credits
The Illustrated BookSE239520 credits
Medieval Romance: Monsters and MagicSE259920 credits
Postmodern American PoetrySE235420 credits
The Graphic MemoirSE140920 credits
Adrodd ar GymruMC362020 credits
Ystafell Newyddion 3: Palu am y GwirMC362120 credits
Martial Arts MediaMC362220 credits
Digital ActivismMC362320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

We offer a supportive learning environment, where you are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge. Our courses foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team working, independent research and time management.

You will be taught both by lecture and seminar. Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations.

How will I be supported?

Your scheduled contact hours will be supplemented by the opportunity for individual meetings with academic staff, by supportive academic progress meetings with your personal tutor and by the opportunity to attend research seminars and careers activities.

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.

Feedback

We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance

Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment. Students will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments.

The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • grasp complex issues with confidence
  • ask the right questions of complex texts
  • have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • identify and apply relevant data
  • propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate
  • take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES

In 2013/14, 96% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates progress onto a postgraduate journalism, public relations and communications masters degrees available at Cardiff and elsewhere, and from there to various jobs in the media.

SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, COMMUNICATION AND PHILOSOPHY

In 2013/14, 91% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

English literature graduates have excellent analytic and communication skills that fit them for a full range of professions and further training. Their cultural expertise and intellectual abilities are valued in the public and private sector, and in contexts as varied as the classroom, the law courts or the media.

 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will not need any specific equipment.


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