Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

P501

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

Journalism is featured in the top 20 in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and is rated 2nd for student satisfaction with feedback.

We teach the next generation of talented journalists. This degree gives you all the skills you need to go behind the headlines and build a career as a journalist in the age of the internet.

We've developed this course with your future in mind. New technologies are revolutionising the industry and the ways in which people receive their news. We’ll equip you to be a multi-skilled multimedia professional who can rise to the challenge.

Your Foundation Year provides you with a firm grounding in the skills and knowledge you need and introduces you to the subject of journalism, enabling you to achieve your full honours degree in four years.

New skills for a new era

In an age of digital news, there has never been a more exciting or challenging time to study journalism. This dynamic course enables you to produce compelling content for both traditional and emerging media platforms.

You'll gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law, ethics and public administration. At the same time, you’ll develop a multi-platform mindset - producing print, radio and TV reports as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and external devices.

Hone your expertise in news gathering

Throughout your studies, you’ll have significant hands-on experience of newsgathering and reporting - developing your news values and working across a designated ‘news patch’ to source, research and produce original stories.

You’ll visit courts and public meetings, make your own contacts, cover community issues, conduct interviews and produce fair, balanced and accurate reports.

Exciting work experience opportunities

As part of your course, you’ll gain practical work experience with a media organisation, in the UK or overseas. All our students are expected to have completed at least 15 days of work placement by the time they graduate.

Drawing on our strong partnerships with local and national media, you can choose a range of work-based modules to expand your professional know-how and boost your CV. We also encourage you to work with charities and arts organisations to gain an insight into why media matters so much. In addition, you can work for various print, radio and online news outlets at the University, which is itself a rich source of news, debate and topical comment.

Outstanding facilities

You'll be based at the main campus at Kedleston Road and at our Markeaton Street site where you'll study in our excellent facilities including three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom featuring the latest software.

We're an Apple accredited centre and you’ll work with the industry standard recording and editing software that is used worldwide. It means you’ll be both confident and competent with up-to-the-minute technology - giving you a real advantage when you're looking for a job.

Top20for Journalism**The Guardian University Guide 2020
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Variety and versatility

Our emphasis is on developing creative, versatile journalists with expertise in a variety of production techniques. You'll also have the chance to concentrate on a journalistic genre that particularly interests you.

Alongside your traditional reporting skills, we want you to develop a passion for ideas and creative communication, to seek out people and find the human stories behind the headlines. You'll also focus on intellectual and critical development, study research techniques and gain an understanding of audience theory.

Study in America

You can choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America:

You can also study Journalism through the Joint Honours scheme where you can combine it with another subject.

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Three fully-funded football journalism scholarships

The University of Derby has teamed up with Derby County Ladies (DCL) to offer this amazing scholarship. Three full scholarships are available for women starting the course in 2020.

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Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

What you will study

Foundation YearFoundation YearYear 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 3ES501

Literature

This module will provide you with the skills of literary criticism required for the analysis of texts. These critical skills will be applied to a variety of literary forms, including poetry, novels, and short stories, from a range of historical periods. The module will also look at drama, including an in-depth study of a Shakespeare play.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3HU502

Study Skills

This module will introduce you to the academic skills needed for study at undergraduate level, and enable you to plan for both your future study and your career. The focus of the module is developing the analytical and critical skills essential to studying humanities and social science subjects at degree level.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 3HU503

Creative Project

This module allows students to contribute collectively and severally to the design, development and production of a creative project that is relevant to Humanities, Journalism, or the creative and cultural industries more generally. Typically students will spend the first weeks of the module developing and discussing their ideas and negotiating with their tutor(s) about the nature, content, and scope of their chosen project.

Students will then work in groups and individually on aspects of the project, including tasks such as research, writing, designing, illustrating, editing, publishing or posting online of the creative output they have worked upon. Toward the end of the module students and tutors will work together to complete and finalise the output(s), while tutors will support students to reflect and write about the experience, and the learning they have derived from it.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 3LA501

Law

This module equips you with an understanding of the English legal system. Looking at sources of law and considering the impact of European Community Law, and the European Convention on Human Rights, you will then examine the relationship between law, morality and justice. Finally moving on to explore the fundamental differences between civil and criminal law and process and liability.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 2MO500

English

This is a level 2 module. The module is oriented towards providing students with sufficient English skills to enable them to engage confidently with level 4 modules.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 2MO501

Mathematics

The course is equivalent to GCSE Maths and covers statistics and probability, number work, geometry, and algebra and graphs.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 3HU504

Culture and Ideas

This wide-ranging module introduces and explains the cultural, philosophical, artistic and historical evolution and development of society over approximately the last 3,000 years.

Focusing principally on western Europe from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to the present day, but encompassing a range of world civilisations, religions and philosophies, the module’s teaching will give students a clear framework and contextual understanding of some of the main trends, developments and historical concepts that collectively underpin the values, mores and ethics of modern society, as well as giving students a general foundational understanding of the political, artistic, cultural and historical trends that are important for an understanding of today’s world

 

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 3PO501

Political Studies

This module will introduce you to a range of key issues and approaches taken in the study of Politics at undergraduate level. Understanding Politics as the study of competing interests within society, the module addresses questions such as the differences between - and the different forms taken by - democratic, totalitarian and theocratic political systems; the relationships between foreign and domestic policy; and the influence of economics on political debate and decision-making. As well as introducing you to key debates and approaches, the module will also encourage you to develop the critical thinking, writing and analytical skills you will need to study Politics at degree-level.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4JN508

Photojournalism

The role of the photographer in the media has undergone rapid and fundamental changes over the past decade. The introduction of digital technology and the ubiquitous camera phone, has meant that every journalist is now expected to take photographs. While specialist photographers still exist, more and more media outlets rely on the images captured by their reporters and readers.

This module will teach you the basics for capturing usable photographs and understanding the role that images play in telling a story. You will study how images have been used by the media over time and how a single photograph has the power to change opinion or to capture the essence of a moment or event. You will be encouraged to take photographs on a variety of cameras, ranging from your mobile phone, to more sophisticated DSLRs.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4JN510

Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism

This module provides an introduction to audio and video journalism skills. You will develop an understanding of how to construct story ideas in sound and vision and gain an induction to the range of technical skills required for audio and video journalism.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4JN511

Multimedia Practice

This module aims to advance you to the fundamental skills essential to create an online multimedia publication based on the subject matter of your choice to expected online industry standards.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4JN512

Introduction to Journalism

This module will present an introduction to journalism in print and online. You will gain knowledge and understanding of current journalism practice in print and the developing practices online. The module will outline issues facing the industry, as well as presenting research and sourcing techniques applicable to further study. You will be introduced to some of the key laws and regulations affecting journalists.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4JN513

Reporting Reality

This module looks at what government does and the role of the media in reporting its activities. It provides a critical introduction to a number of key debates around the historic relationship between government and the media.

You will analyse whether the media holds authority to account or whether it is a mouthpiece of government and those who own the media organisations. It will also look at the roles of key journalists and how their work has highlighted issues within public office.

This module will look at the workings of government at local, national and EU and provide a journalistic understanding of systems of government and how journalists interact with them.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4JN514

Professional Development in Journalism

This module aims to develop your critical thinking, reading and writing skills, in preparation for the specific demands of succeeding in your Journalism degree, and to equip you with broader intellectual and transferable skills that will be useful in your career.

It will help you learn how to reflect, plan, and take responsibility for your own learning. It focuses on employability and introduces you to the concept of personal development planning (PDP) through which you will start to formalise your thoughts on career goals and how best to use your time at university.

The module will also build on the skills you learnt in the Introduction to Journalism module, particularly by looking at how to find and write stories from official documents and meetings. You will learn by doing – there will be many opportunities to write for both print and online in this module, and you will build on your basic writing skills.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5JN510

Video Journalism

This module provides you with an opportunity to advance your skills from Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism at Level 4. It will further your appreciation and understanding of the creative and technical processes involved in the production of video journalism.

It will also enable you to contextualise your practice within contemporary journalism, including issues such as ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences. You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual video output and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in pictures and sound. You will also work as part of an editorial production team on a series of news days, which will be part of your assessed work.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5JN515

Law, Regulation, and Ethics for Journalists

In this module, you will examine the legal, regulatory and ethical structures which constrain and assist journalists. You will learn about your rights and responsibilities, and you will study how new technologies, and the increasingly global nature of journalism, are affecting the knowledge journalists need to have to ensure they work both within the law, and in an ethical manner.

You will learn about criminal and civil law, along with the various codes of practice to which journalists are expected to adhere. While this module will look at the constraints created by the various laws and regulations, it will also focus on the way journalists can use the law to help them find and write stories.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5JN503

Work-based Learning in Journalism

This module will enable you to link the theory and practice you have learnt on the course so far to current workplace practices and experience. You will undertake work experience within the journalism work environment, which will involve the completion of an agreed project and process analysis.

The work-based learning must be negotiated for no less than 14 days (112 hours) or its equivalent in the form of a project.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5JN513

Audio Journalism

This module provides you with an opportunity to advance your skills from Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism at Level 4. It furthers your appreciation and understanding of the creative and technical processes involved in the production of audio journalism. It will also enable you to contextualise your practice within contemporary journalism including issues such as ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences.

You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual audio output and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in sound. You will also work as part of an editorial production team on a series of newsdays, which will be part of your assessed work.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5JN514

MoJo: Mobile Journalism

This module is designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of presentation methods in multimedia journalism. You will deconstruct and critically evaluate a range of multimedia editorial features from a variety of sources, which reflect a number of approaches in delivering to your target demographic.

The focus of the module is on how to use smart devices and associated technologies to tell your story. You will learn how to recognise the importance of matching your story with appropriate technologies to enhance the reader experience. You will learn by doing and you will be expected to create a number of story experiences through technology.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5JN516

Specialist Online Journalism

This online journalism module allows you to acquire knowledge and critical understanding of a genre of journalism of your choice and to progress your digital journalism skills learnt at Level 4. You could choose, for example, football, fashion or food journalism. You will study your chosen genre’s place in the modern journalistic landscape. You will put into practice your journalistic skills by producing digital output.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5JN517

Public Relations and Media Management

This module introduces you to the differences between working for the media and for the press office of an organisation. Public Relations is about managing a corporate image and reputation. The development of the internet over the past 20 years has given brands – large and small - far more options when it comes to deciding how it wants to talk to its audiences. Traditionally, organisations had to go through the media to talk to their customers or other stakeholders.

Managing the relationship with newspapers, radio and TV was the key role of the press office. Now, while that relationship is still vital, brands can also talk directly to customers through a variety of digital platforms including their website, social media, and apps. This module looks at the work of the press office, and is aimed at equipping you with the knowledge and skills required for a career in this area.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MR503

Media Research Project

This module provides you with the opportunity to develop a research project relating to a contemporary media debate or issue. You may choose to expand upon a topic covered in other modules. You may relate your case study to the historical issues which underpin your chosen topic. The module includes an introduction to research skills, a further consideration of study skills and an introduction to research methodologies. It prepares you for the Independent Study at level 6.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5PM501

It Says Here: Popular Music and the Written Word

The American rock writer Greil Marcus has described pop as “an argument where anyone can join in.” And of course many have. From its very beginnings, popular music has been accompanied by literary comment.

This writing has helped publicise and so effectively sell popular music as a commodity; but it has also invested it with significance. In evaluating the function(s) of popular music writing, the module will contextualise its developments in relation to various styles, movements and “moments” – for example, by considering the various forms that popular music journalism has taken.

In so doing, we will not only look at the emergence of the rock writer – and at the idea of the “professional rock fan” as “opinion leader, the interpreter, the ideological gatekeeper” (Simon Frith) - but also at the form and meanings of output from alternative platforms such as fanzines and blogs. We will also address and assess rock and pop’s “literary” claims through examination of a range of artist-generated outputs – such as autobiography, poetry, fiction, screenplay and, of course, lyrics.

The module mixes the critical with the practical. In this way, it builds on work undertaken on Writing for Media - which explored the craft of writing in and for the media industries – by giving you the opportunity to develop writing techniques and strategies appropriate to different popular music contexts and “markets,” whilst encouraging you to develop your own voice.

Assessment is by seminar participation/presentation and portfolio.

 

 

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6JN505

Multimedia Portfolio

This is a practical workshop double module, which draws upon and develops skills and techniques of levels 4 and 5 practical journalism modules. It allows you to produce of a professional-standard portfolio of your own work.

This will be researched and produced across multi-media platforms to demonstrate your individual journalistic skills, newsgathering abilities, and production techniques. Lectures and seminars will enable you to contextualise your practice within current developments in technology and associated changes in traditional narrative and aesthetic practices. You will also work as part of editorial production teams in a series of newsdays.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6JN506

Online Production Project

This module builds on previous modules to provide a realistic experience of content and production journalism for online. This is a practice-based module where you will work individually or as part of an editorial news team to plan, create content, and produce an online news site using professional workflows and editorial criteria. You will work within allocated roles over a defined production schedule to produce multimedia content to deadline. You will get the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest and to take on a variety of roles to produce pages for the University of Derby journalism website.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6HY505

Keeping The Peace? Conflict, Power, and Diplomacy Since 1945

This module will deal with some of the most momentous events in International Relations from the Cold War to the twenty-first century. It will begin with an examination of the Cold War, its origins and course.

You will then analyse to what extent the security environment of the 1990s and 2000s was drastically different from that of the Cold War, studying how the East-West conflict has given way both to smaller regional conflicts, for instance in the Middle East, and to a North-South conflict between supposedly developed and developing states. Attention will also be paid to global security challenges, such as terrorism, and contemporary debates about the nature of war and peace.

You will think critically about the mechanics of international relations, assessing the relative importance of nation-states, international organizations and non-state actors. The module will be assessed by a group presentation and an essay.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6JN507

Print Production Project

This is a practice-based module where you will create content, and then plan and produce print-based pages using professional workflows and editorial criteria. You will work within allocated roles over a defined production schedule to produce content to deadline. We will also seek to partner with an external professional publisher to produce content for its publications. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to experience producing content to professional criteria and to build your portfolio of work for potential employers.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6JN508

Entrepreneurial Journalism

This module sets out to equip you to work as a freelance or set up your own business. While the number of journalists employed by mainstream media companies continues to fall, the number of people who say they make their living as a journalist is rising. Many of these extra journalists work for themselves, either running small online sites or selling their journalistic work as a freelance.

This module will cover both the technical side of setting up and running your own business, and the entrepreneurial skills required to come up with a business idea that can work. You will learn the basics of writing a business plan, including understanding revenues, costs, tax, cash flow, and profit and loss.

The module will also help you understand how the digitisation of news and information is changing the media scene, and the opportunities this presents for entrepreneurial journalists. You will look at how to find opportunities and how to exploit them. By looking at successful – and unsuccessful – businesses, you will understand the pressures and the opportunities of working for yourself as a journalist. 

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6JN509

Radio Journalism

This module provides a deep understanding of current radio broadcast journalism. It examines the history and current position of radio as a broadcast medium set against other modern journalism platforms.

It will take you through newsroom processes, from newsgathering, writing for radio, development of story ideas, treatment and eventual broadcast of these stories. Production values will be of a professional standard, you will explore the techniques used by professional radio broadcaster and learn to apply these with the same high quality.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6JN510

Television Journalism

This module will enhance the skills you have learned at Level 5 in Video Journalism, and concentrate on television journalism. You will produce professional standard television output.

It provides an opportunity to take part in the creative and technical processes involved in the production of contemporary television journalism. It will also enable you to contextualise your practice with theoretical debates and issues in ethics, regulation, editorial policy, and audiences. You will develop ways to present compelling ideas for factual TV programmes and refine your appreciation of how to construct stories in video.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6JN512

Public Relations and Social Media

PR has been massively changed by the advent of digital and social media. By its very nature, social media is amplified by the public, consequently any work by a press office can quickly become owned and controlled by others in a way that could never happen before the advent of the likes of Twitter and Facebook.

Many businesses were amongst the early adopters of social media – top brands have 10s of millions of followers – and it is a powerful, if sometimes dangerous, tool in the armoury of those promoting an organisation. This module will nurture your skills to become an opinion former through social media with an eye on the media landscape, and analytics, to react, shape and manage your message.

 

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6JN998

Independent Study in Journalism

Independent Study provides the opportunity for you to respond to issues raised in the course of your studies, building on themes studied in the modules at levels four and five and/or forging new areas of study.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6MR500

Documentary and Factual Production: Poetics and Praxis

This module takes as its central theme the fundamental problematic of factual production, that of art versus reportage. It looks at the way in which news and factual events are reconstructed and re-worked in forms such as documentary, educational programming, docu-drama, television drama, art and fiction film, advertising and artworks and at the ways in which documentary forms of film and photography may take on iconic significance and/or change their meaning through the contexts of their exhibition and display.

The module’s methodology requires the student both to engage with the theoretical and historical concerns within the academic study of media artefacts which interpret factual events and to relate this to practical concerns through undertaking research to underpin a documentary or factual production.

 

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests.

For the rest of your degree you’ll be assessed in several ways, including academic essays, audio and video reporting, case studies, editing skills, examinations, extended reports, journalistic writing, presentations, process analyses, production design and content production, production skills in image manipulation, reflective diaries, report writing and self-evaluation. 

Who will teach you

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

IELTS7.0 (with 6.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

This course develops the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to become a multimedia professional, adept in the production of content for print, online and broadcast outlets. Our graduates have gone on to work for magazines and local newspapers; BBC, commercial and community radio; and BBC and commercial TV. Others have set up their own digital businesses or worked for online agencies.

You’ll be prepared not only for a career in journalism, online or broadcast media production but also for roles in PR, advertising, corporate communications, law and public administration or politics. The research and communication skills of a journalist are highly transferable to a huge variety of graduate level jobs.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions. The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

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5 Years with optional placement year

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

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Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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