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Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

This exciting and challenging course allows you to learn about the fascinating world of journalism, whilst diversifying your skill set to give you a broader range of career options.  

Overview

Clearing 2017 - Apply now for courses starting September 2017

Reasons to study Journalism (Joint Honours) at De Montfort University:

  • Join one of the top 10 most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as rated by UCAS
    Find out why our students say #IchoseDMU
  • Our Communication and Media subjects were ranked in the top 20 in the UK for graduate prospects
    by the influential The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
  • Industry-standard facilities
    develop your practical skills within our dedicated Leicester Centre for Journalism
  • Enhance your skillset and employability
    by combining Journalism with another specialist subject; by developing a diverse range of skills you can open up different career paths. 100% of Journalism and Film graduates were in work or further study within six months*
  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by taking part in the Demon Media group; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website 
  • Dedicated work placements 
    enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent Technology placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Jagex Ltd and PepsiCo UK
  • Academic expertise
    our respected and award-winning professionals and academic experts include five former newspaper editors; who will help you to become an effective, professionally qualified, multi-platform journalist 
  • Exchange opportunities
    students regularly participate in exchange programmes to other countries. Recent destinations have included Baltimore, South Carolina and Prague 
  • Continue your study at master’s level
    with our specialist postgraduate courses, including the NCTJ accredited Journalism MA, or Investigative Journalism MAdeveloped with Channel 4

 

 

The course is available to study alongside Creative Writing, English, English Language, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Media and Communication and Politics.

*The latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2014/15

 

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Joint degree options

 

 

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Journalism and Creative Writing: WP85
Journalism and English: PQ53
Journalism and English Language: QP35
Journalism and Film Studies: PP35
Journalism and History: PV51
Journalism and International Relations: LP25
Journalism and Media: PPH5
Journalism and Politics: LPF5

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

Journalism and Creative Writing: WP85
Journalism and English: PQ53
Journalism and English Language: QP35
Journalism and Film Studies: PP35
Journalism and History: PV51
Journalism and International Relations: LP25
Journalism and Media: PPH5
Journalism and Politics: LPF5

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

  • 2017 Entry Criteria

    Portfolio Required : No

    Interview Required: No

    We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

    English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

    English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

    Journalism and Creative Writing: WP85

    Journalism and English Language: QP35

    • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
    • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
    • In addition for Creative Writing and Journalism – Creative Writing, English Language or English Literature at grade C or above. Where A’ level English (Language or Literature) is not being studied, you may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.
    • In addition for English and Journalism – English Language or English Literature at grade C or above
    • In addition for English Language and Journalism – English Language or English Literature at grade C or above
    • In addition for History and Journalism – History at grade C or above
    • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
      • In addition for
        • Creative Writing and Journalism – Creative Writing or English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade C or aboveEnglish and Journalism - English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade C or above
        • English Language and Journalism – English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade C or above
        • History and Journalism – History A level or equivalent at grade C or above
    • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
    • In addition for
      • Creative Writing and Journalism – Access in Creative Writing or English Language or English Literature with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or English Literature at merit
      • English Language and Journalism – Access in English Language or English Literature with at least 15 credits in English Language or English Literature at merit
    • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points
      • In addition for Creative Writing and Journalism – English at higher level grade 5
      • In addition for English Language and Journalism – English at higher level grade 5

     

     

Journalism and English: PQ53
Journalism and History: PV51

      • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
      • Normally 120 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
        • In addition for English and Journalism – English Language or English Literature at grade B or above
        • In addition for History and Journalism – History at grade B or above
      • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DDM or 
        In addition for
        • English and Journalism - English Language or English Literature A level or equivalent at grade B or above
        • History and Journalism – History A level or equivalent at grade B or above
      • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course In addition for
        • English and Journalism  – Access in English Language or English Literature with at least 15 level 3 credits in English Language or English Literature at distinction
        • History and Journalism – Access in Humanities or History with at least 15 level 3 credits in History at distinction or 
      • International Baccalaureate: 30+ points
        • In addition for English and Journalism –English at higher level grade 6
        • In addition for History and Journalism – History at higher level grade 6

 

International Relations and Journalism: LP25
Journalism and Media: PPH5
Journalism and Politics: LPF5 

    • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following: 
    • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
    • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM
    • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course.
    • English GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
    • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Industry links

 

 

In addition to the modules listed below you will also study modules from your chosen joint subject each year.

First year

Core modules:

  • Reporting 1 – this module introduces you to news in a multi-media environment, looking at what it is, where it comes from, how to get it and how to write it successfully
  • Journalism and Society – this module will help you to understand the history, political context and regulation of journalism.

Second year

Core modules:

  • Reporting 2 – this module looks at specialist forms of journalism, particularly feature writing
  • Issues in Journalism – this module will continue your study of the context of journalism and prepare you for a journalism dissertation, if you have chosen to write your dissertation in journalism rather than your other subject
  • Critical Perspectives on Journalism – if you are not writing a journalism dissertation, this module looks at the context of journalism and the many issues arising from within or around it.

Third year

Core module:

  • Reporting 3 – you will prepare a portfolio of your own work, including that published while on work experience or on Demon Media platforms. The major part of the portfolio is a publication, produced with a group of fellow students which you will conceptualise, write and design from start to finish

Optional modules:

  • Journalism Dissertation – in this module, you will write a 10,000 word project on a subject of your choice, surveying existing literature and carrying out original research into your own topic
  • Sports Journalism – this module is very practically focused and will help you to develop key sports reporting skills, particularly covering football, rugby and cricket and involving links with Leicester’s three most prominent professional clubs in those three sports
  • Magazine Publishing – this module looks at how magazines are developed, marketed and run, allowing you to really get inside the fascinating world of magazines
  • Arts and Entertainment Journalism – this module allows you to explore the theory and practice of reviewing many different aspects of the arts and entertainment
  • Political Communication – this module looks at how politicians communicate with the public using the media, and the roles of the various media professionals, especially journalists, within that process.

Journalism at DMU has a strong practical focus and is taught by a range of respected and award-winning professionals and academic experts, including five former newspaper editors. Lecturers are active in newspaper, radio, magazine and digital journalism and staff have won four university-wide awards for teaching excellence.

Your precise timetable will depend on the Joint Honours subject and optional modules you choose to take; however, you will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and can expect to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research. A wide variety of assessment methods are used, especially practicals, including: portfolios, presentations and an exam.

 

You will also learn from a range of experienced guest lecturers from across the industry, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.

 

DMU Journalism staff have the closest possible links with all forms of Leicestershire news media. Journalism staff have worked for – and continue to work for – most local newspapers and radio stations. This means our Journalism courses have unrivalled industry links with newspapers and radio stations in Leicestershire and the courses have an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally, allowing our students to win prestigious work experience placements for themselves.

Students also have the chance to contribute to Demon Media’s multi-media platforms, including The Demon Magazine, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and the Demon website.  

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Facilities and features

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Facilities

You will have access to excellent facilities, including five computer labs and your own dedicated newsroom.

You will also benefit from the university's multi-million pound Creative Technology Studios, which include industry-standard radio and TV studios as part of your studies and also for extra-curricular activities with Demon Media. The facilities are there to give you a practical outlet for the knowledge you acquire during your course, they help you gain confidence and skills that will be essential for a career in journalism.

Journalism graduate named Radio Journalist of the Year at a top awards ceremony

A former journalism graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has been named Radio Journalist of the Year at a top awards ceremony.

Ella Griffith, 22, was crowned the best at the O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and The Humber – the largest single regional awards ceremony, held to recognise contributions made to journalism over the past year.

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Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

Journalism graduates go on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including major newspaper groups, PR companies and the wider communications industries.

Our students increasingly find employment in the digital economy, where their ability to communicate effectively on a variety of platforms gives them a significant advantage.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills. If you decide to continue your study on our established Journalism MA (NCTJ accredited) or Investigative Journalism MA (which has been newly developed with and endorsed by Channel 4), as a DMU graduate you may be eligible for one of our generous postgraduate scholarships (terms and conditions apply).

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our  #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

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Placements

Journalism students participate in a vast range of work experience opportunities, ranging from their own local newspaper, to local, regional and national broadcasters and a wide variety of magazines. Students also have the chance to contribute to the Demon Media stable of multi-media platforms, including; The Demon newspaper, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website.

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