You will mainly learn practical skills, such as news and feature writing, shooting videos and recording audio. You will put these into practice on multimedia news days and news weeks. There are essential theory modules including Journalism in Context, Media Law and Politics for Journalists. You will be following a curriculum which will see you taking NCTJ diploma exams alongside the university's own assessments. We teach students towards the NCTJ Essential Media Law and Regulation, Videojournalism, Court Reporting, Public Affairs, Newspaper and Magazine Regulation and Essential Journalism exams, while shorthand will be a part of your second year teaching. In your final year you can choose between an academic dissertation or advanced practical project. Students have covered relevant and challenging topics such as an academic discussion into the use of social media in news gathering, and a piece of investigative journalism into failings in NHS maternity care.
You'll study a variety of modules from 'Politics for Journalists' to 'The Professional Newsroom'.
Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.
The course has very close ties with industry. This means you will be able to hear from leading media professionals in guest lectures and workshops. In recent years, we have been joined by journalists, editors and content producers from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio.
Our industry connections have helped students secure work placements at organisations including Sky News, Channel 5 news, The Telegraph, BBC radio and TV, Hello! magazine, The Guardian, and ITV.
You will also have the opportunity to develop your own industry contacts at our annual Media Festival and network with some of our high-flying graduates at our Meet the Alumni events.