Journalism with Media Studies BA (Hons)
BA Hons Journalism with Media Studies
Are you a budding critic, publisher or journalist?
This BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies degree course gives you a critical and practical understanding of the media field while providing a grounding in journalism disciplines and techniques.
You'll learn from academics with extensive experience in the journalism and media fields and use professional-grade media analysis and media production facilities.
With the option to take multiple industry placements and get National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications, you can tailor your study on this course to best fit your ideal journalistic or media career.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- Hone your critical, analytical, writing, editing design and presentation skills
- Put your skills into practice in our newsroom equipped with the latest hardware and software used by today’s press
- Work through a programme that we've developed with input from experts working at The Sun and The Daily Mail, regional media groups such as Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror and national public relations agencies
- Learn from expert journalists who have experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
- Take shorthand training – you'll aim to reach writing speeds of 100 words per minute
- Expand your network by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies such as The Daily Mail, Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News and the Cabinet Office
- Get valuable experience and build industry contacts on a formal 10-day journalism-based work placement as part of your study
- Have the opportunity to do further work placements throughout your degree, including a 1-year placement
You can take some of the examinations that lead to the industry-recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism on this course. If you want to graduate with the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, apply for our BA (Hons) Journalism course instead.
Work experience and career planning
10-day work placement
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll do a 10-day work placement in your final year. We have links with many well-known media organisations. Previous students have done placements at locations such as:
- The Daily Telegraph
- The Daily Mirror
- The Sun
- The Daily Mail
You'll get support from specialist staff before and throughout your placement to make sure you get the most out of your time in the workplace.
Other work experience
Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build your portfolio, develop your professional network and get your work seen by a wider audience.
Credits towards your degree
This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Students have completed work placements at many top destinations, including:
- The Daily Telegraph
- Sky Sports
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year and help with applications and interviews.
Careers and opportunities
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.
Previous graduates from this course have gone on to work in areas including:
- online, newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism
- social media
- public relations
- corporate communications
- teaching (with further study)
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- campaign assistant
- editorial assistant
- PR and marketing assistant
- trainee reporter
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or started successful freelancing careers with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll do a placement unit on this course, the cost of which is included in your course fees. But you’ll have to cover travel costs yourself. These will vary from £50–£500 depending on the location and duration of the placement.
You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of any exams you repeat to get professional accreditation during the course. These costs range from £25–£55.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Journalism in Context
- Academic & Professional Skills
- Current Affairs
- Introduction to Media Studies
- Contemporary Media Events
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Print Media
- Feature Writing and News Analysis
- Law for Journalists
Optional units in this year currently include:
- The Media and Propaganda
- Screen Media
- Press & Public Relations
- Mobile and Social Journalism
- Music Journalism
- Sports Journalism
- Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
- Learning from Experience
The core unit this year is either:
- Journalism Dissertation
- Journalism Special Investigation
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Writing and Producing Magazines
- Money, Government and Power
- Global Journalism and Human Rights
- Digital Media and Democracy
- Cultures of Consumption
- Researching Animation
- British TV Drama and Society
- TV Talk Shows
- Media Fan Cultures
- Representing Science in the Media
- Comedy, Culture and Form
- News, War and Peace
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical workshop sessions
- group based activities
- producing magazines, newspapers or webpages
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 33% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 67% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
- Year 3 students: 11% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 89% studying independently
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- essays and close textual analysis
- in-class tests
- media artefacts
- seminar presentations
- a 10,000-word dissertation
- post-placement assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – P5P3
- our institution code – P80
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Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.