Journalism with Media student uses green screen reporting room
UCAS Code
P5P3
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

We're available to chat from 9.00am–5.00pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am–4.00pm (Friday) with extended hours from A level results day on 15 August 2019.

Overview

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.

91% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

92% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

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
  • Have the opportunity to 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

Work towards your NCTJ Diploma

On this course, you can choose to take the examinations that lead to the industry-recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

If you want to do the full NCTJ diploma alongside your degree, apply for our BA (Hons) Journalism course instead.

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.

What can you do with a Journalism with Media Studies degree?

Previous graduates from this course have gone on to work in areas including:

  • online, newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism
  • social media
  • public relations
  • marketing
  • corporate communications
  • publishing
  • teaching (with further study)

What jobs can you do with a Journalism with Media Studies degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • campaign assistant
  • editorial assistant
  • PR and marketing assistant
  • trainee reporter
  • journalist

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.

Studying Journalism with Media at the University of Portsmouth was one of the best decisions of my life. The course units prepare you for a variety of careers in the media and beyond.

Aaron Gardner, BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Journalism in Context
  • Reporting
  • Academic & Professional Skills
  • Law for Journalists
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Contemporary Media Events

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Feature Writing and News Analysis

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • The Media and Propaganda
  • Screen Media
  • Press & Public Relations
  • Smartphone Journalism
  • Social Journalism Theory
  • Specialist Journalism – choose Sport, Music or Fashion

The core module this year is either:

  • Journalism Dissertation
  • Journalism Special Investigation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Placement
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Money, Government and Power
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • Digital Media and Democracy
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • British TV Drama and Society
  • TV Talk Shows
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Representing Science in the Media
  • 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Placement year

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:

  • Vogue
  • 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.

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
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vogue
  • Heat
  • Reveal
  • BBC

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.

What you can do on BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies

Learning support

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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshop sessions
  • group based activities
  • producing magazines, newspapers or webpages
  • placement

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

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 modules 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

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
BA (Hons) Journalism with Media Studies degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 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.

Additional costs

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 module 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 £13–£55.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P5P3
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

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. 

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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.

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