Journalism and Media BA

3-4 years

Journalism and Media BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2023

Course information

Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

International fee £18,200

Institute code L34

Taught by Media and Communication

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Develop practical journalism skills while you gain an understanding of its place within the global news industry.

Course description

Course description

This degree takes the best of our Journalism and Media and Communication degrees, giving you a grounding in journalism, and helping you develop practical skills while understanding the context in which the contemporary media operates.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Communication and Media Studies*.

Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media. You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing.

You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.

*The Complete University Guide 2021

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English Language Grade C (4)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the School.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

 Starting in 2023

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2023

  • £18,200 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,550, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,730, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

You will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We run employability and media production modules as part of our curriculum – e.g. Journalism Employability, Broadcast Journalism, Multi-platform and Entrepreneurial Journalism, Journalism Placement, Community Radio in Practice.

Our students are encouraged to get involved in the student-run media on campus, including Galaxy - our student magazine, LUST - our student TV station, and LUSH Radio - our student radio station.

We organise external speaker events, industry visit days, career development training and other initiatives in collaboration with local and national media organisations, giving you valuable insights into the professional media world.

In addition, our School Careers Tutor can support and advise you on careers matters throughout your time with us.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • American Express
  • Artavia Advertising
  • BBC
  • City Index
  • E.ON Energy
  • Gogglebox Entertainment
  • HMRC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Sky Media
  • Transport for London

 

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Course structure

Year One

Year One

Core modules: 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Two

Year Two

Core modules:

Choose one optional module from: 

PlusBroadcast Journalism 2 or Magazine Journalism 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Three

Year Three

Core modules:

Plus two optional modules from: 

And one option from: 

Plus your Dissertation

 

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

In each year there are six modules, each of which involves approximately 30 hours of contact time and around 120 hours of private study.

Teaching methods include practical workshops, lectures, seminars, various practical activities and assessments, and one-to-one supervision. All teaching is by subject specialists and teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims and objectives of each module.

In your first year you will have additional workshops around study skills, essay writing and preparing for exams. A variety of teaching approaches are employed in the second and third year depending on the modules you take. One-to-one teaching is an important feature of the programme. In your third year your investigation work will be supervised by a subject-specialist. You will be allocated a personal tutor whose job is to provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout the programme.

Modules are assessed by a combination of portfolios, essays, exams and presentations. You will complete a 6,000-word investigation project in your third year.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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