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Journalism, Media and English Literature (BA)

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

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Course overview

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’.
UCAS codePQ53
Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
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 1000 applications.
  1. School of English, Communication and Philosophy

    John Percival Building

    Colum Drive

    Cardiff

    CF10 3EU

  2. School of Journalism, Media and Culture

    Two Central Square

    Central Square

    Cardiff

    CF10 1FS

Entry requirements

ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DD-DM in a BTEC Diploma in Humanities or Social Science subjects, plus Grade B in A-Level English Literature, English Language & Literature (combined A-Level) or Creative Writing.

Award of the IB Diploma with 665 in 3 HL subjects including 6 at HL in English Literature, English Language and Literature or English Liteature and Performance.

Alternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of English, Communication & Philosophy and School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies admissions criteria pages.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-score.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

62 with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

GCSE English Language Grade C or 4, IGCSE English First Language grade C, IGCSE English as a Second Language grade C

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Please see our fee amounts page for the latest information.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

You will not need any specific equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

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

Module titleModule codeCredits
History of Mass Communication and CultureMC111020 credits
Media ScholarshipMC111520 credits
Understanding Journalism StudiesMC157820 credits
Critical Reading and Critical WritingSE214620 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Drama: Stage and PageSE213920 credits
Creative ReadingSE214420 credits
Creative WritingSE214520 credits
Transgressive Bodies in Medieval LiteratureSE214720 credits
Ways of ReadingSE214820 credits

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
Media and GenderMC210720 credits
Media, Power and SocietyMC211620 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1MC261720 credits
Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2MC261820 credits
Celebrity CultureMC262720 credits
Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and SocietyMC262920 credits
Internet GovernanceMC263020 credits
Media, Globalisation and CultureMC263120 credits
Public Relations and Political CommunicationMC263220 credits
Erasmus and Study AbroadMC263560 credits
War, Politics and Propaganda IIMC354920 credits
Doing Media Research: Approaches and MethodsMC355120 credits
Media Law Year 2MC360020 credits
Media and DemocracyMC360320 credits
Style and GenreSE141620 credits
The Robin Hood TraditionSE236720 credits
Modernist FictionsSE244520 credits
Children's Literature: Form and FunctionSE244720 credits
Introduction to Romantic PoetrySE245020 credits
African-American LiteratureSE245120 credits
Modernism and the CitySE246320 credits
Gothic Fiction: The Romantic AgeSE246820 credits
Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940SE247020 credits
Literature and ScienceSE247120 credits
Dickens in Many MediaSE247220 credits
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women WritersSE247620 credits
Shakespeare's Tragedies and HistoriesSE247720 credits
Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and InnovationSE248120 credits
GirlsSE248220 credits
Creative Writing: Children's and Young Adult FictionSE248320 credits
Creative Writing: Experiments in FictionSE248420 credits
Creative Writing: MicrofictionSE248620 credits
Creative Writing: Poetry lSE248720 credits
Creative Writing: Playwriting - Stage and RadioSE248820 credits
Creative Writing: ScreenwritingSE248920 credits
Creative Writing: Poetry IISE249020 credits
Creative Writing: The Short StorySE249120 credits
Object Women in Literature and FilmSE249420 credits
Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and AuthorsSE249720 credits
Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to ForsterSE249820 credits
Creative Writing: Stories from the Real World -- NarrativeSE249920 credits
Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury TalesSE261820 credits
Contemporary British FictionsSE261920 credits
Experimental Early Modern DramaSE262020 credits
Writing MourningSE262120 credits
Philosophy and LiteratureSE262320 credits
Jane Austen in ContextSE262520 credits
ENCAP Employability ModuleSE625520 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
Media LawMC321320 credits
Mediating ChildhoodMC358520 credits
Media, Racism, ConflictMC359320 credits
Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News MediaMC359620 credits
The Creative and Cultural IndustriesMC360820 credits
Communicating CausesMC361620 credits
Understanding Media BusinessMC361920 credits
Reporting Conflict and the Civil SphereMC362420 credits
Palu am y GwirMC362520 credits
Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu CymruMC362620 credits
Reporting the WorldMC362820 credits
Media, Money and MarketsMC363020 credits
Feminisms and Television HistoryMC363120 credits
A Century of War PhotojournalismMC363520 credits
Marketing, Branding and Promotional Cultures in TelevisionMC363720 credits
The Graphic MemoirSE140920 credits
Fictive Histories/Historical FictionsSE246720 credits
DissertationSE252420 credits
HitchcockSE254420 credits
Modern Drama: Page, Stage, ScreenSE255120 credits
Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo VictorianSE256420 credits
Utopia: Suffrage to CyberpunkSE258120 credits
Second-generation Romantic PoetsSE258220 credits
Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800SE258820 credits
Gothic Fiction: The VictoriansSE258920 credits
Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary ManuscriptsSE259220 credits
Postcolonial TheorySE259320 credits
Visions of Past and Future in Children's LiteratureSE259520 credits
Island Stories: Literatures of the North AtlanticSE259820 credits
Medieval Romance: Monsters and MagicSE259920 credits
Creative Writing ProjectSE260240 credits
John MiltonSE260820 credits
The American Short StorySE260920 credits
Apocalypse Then and NowSE261120 credits
Criminal ShakespeareSE261220 credits
Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First CenturiesSE261320 credits
Representing Race in Contemporary AmericaSE261620 credits
Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance DramaSE262220 credits
Visuality, Culture and TechnologySE262420 credits
International Study Abroad (60 credits) AutumnSE625160 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.

Learning and assessment

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.

Year 1

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

20%

Guided independent study

80%

Placements

0%

Year 2

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

19%

Guided independent study

81%

Placements

0%

Year 3

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

14%

Guided independent study

86%

Placements

0%

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.

Assessment methods (2017/18 data)

Year 1

Written exams

23%

Practical exams

2%

Coursework

75%

Year 2

Written exams

8%

Practical exams

5%

Coursework

87%

Year 3

Written exams

0%

Practical exams

3%

Coursework

98%

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.

Careers

Career prospects

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM, MEDIA AND CULTURAL STUDIES

In 2015/16, 93% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduating.

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 2015/16, 95% 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.

Studying in Welsh

Up to 33% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.

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