A global journalism degree for 2023 and beyond
Journalism is a global, multiplatform industry that evolves as quickly as the technology that supports it does, so we've ensured our course evolves too.
Take our new Podcasting and Live Radio module — an optional module in year three. There’s been a huge growth in podcasts and smart-speaker journalism over the last few years, so we’ll teach you how to have fun creating niche podcasts and how to monetise these in a saturated market.
Then there’s our core modules in year two, The Newsroom and Future Trends in Journalism. In The Newsroom, you will take part in ‘news days’ across all platforms of journalism (broadcast, online, and print) working in groups to meet the challenges of a live scenario with fixed goals and a strict deadline. Meanwhile, in Future Trends in Journalism, you will learn how to use smart devices (e.g. phones and speakers) and associated technologies to tell the story and understand how your audience views content on those devices.
We’ve also given the course a more global outlook, considering journalism’s role in global affairs, politics and international relations, and decolonisation.
Find the stories that interest you
This degree starts by teaching you the essential knowledge and skills that all journalists or content creators need today — skills in researching, sourcing interviewees, writing news articles, producing online content (including search engine optimisation: SEO), and recording and editing audio and video. We’ll also cover an essential element of all journalism degrees, Media Law, but you’ll study this in a creative and fun way.
From year two onwards, you will have more freedom to determine the content you want to create and the format you want to make it in. Through optional modules and assignments, you can set your own agenda and go out and find stories to report on, whether those are about politics, business, fashion, sport, music or food. We'll also provide opportunities for you to cover local events, such as fashion shows, sports competitions, music concerts and more.
Publish your work
We give all journalism students an online platform for their work: the StoryHub website and Twitter feed, so you can publish as frequently as you want. You’ll also get the opportunity to gain work experience, and even paid work, with media outlets such as Reach plc and the BBC. Every year, our students cover the unique Ashbourne Shrovetide Football event, producing content that is often used by the BBC and Sky.
Plus, if you choose to join our student-run communications agency, you can get extra experience of working for real clients and further insight into how content is used for PR and marketing purposes.
Building industry knowledge and contacts
This BA (Hons) Journalism features a packed programme of guest speakers and events designed to boost your industry contacts and career prospects. For example:
- We visited the BBC’s flagship political programme, Sunday, and took part in a Q&A with Laura Kuenssberg.
- We hold an annual Employability Day. This gives you a unique opportunity to speak one-to-one with media and journalism professionals and ask them anything you want.
You'll be based at our Markeaton Street and Kedleston Road sites, which have everything a journalist needs. Our facilities include three radio studios, a fully equipped television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom featuring the latest software, including Adobe Creative Suite.
Our radio studios have recently been refurbished and fitted with Calrec technology — a leading range of broadcast audio mixing consoles and equipment. All large media companies are now migrating to this technology, so we're ahead of the game.
All of this means you’ll be confident using industry-standard technology, giving you an advantage when you're looking for a job.
We can offer opportunities for you to spend time in another country, including studying at our partner universities or working on a placement or internship.
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.
You will learn in a variety of ways, including through:
- news days
- work experience/real projects for employers
- lectures and seminars, including guest lectures from key industry figures
- technical visits
You will be assessed by coursework assignments, which may include:
- features and news articles
- videography and podcasting
- live broadcasting
- social media campaigns
- smartphone and smart speaker journalism
- academic essays.
These assignments will enable you to build up a wide-ranging portfolio of work to show employers when you graduate.
Who you'll meet
Neil Roberts is a senior lecturer who has spent 25 years working in newspapers and TV, including the Liverpool Echo, the News of the World, BBC Sport, ITN and IMG. He’s worked on major stories such as the death of Princess Diana and the 2005 London bombings, and has interviewed stars such as Paul McCartney and David Beckham.
Neil Manship is a senior lecturer who began his career as sports reporter at the Derby Telegraph. He then moved into radio and TV, working as a reporter, producer and presenter for the BBC. This included 13 years as a lead producer and manager for BBC Look North. He’s most proud of producing ‘Programme of the Year’ in The BBC Nations and Regions Awards.
Richard Bowyer is a senior lecturer an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years’ experience. He’s worked on numerous Midlands’ newspapers, including the Wolverhampton Express and Star, Lincolnshire Echo and Stoke Sentinel, rising through the ranks to become Editor-in-Chief of Staffordshire Sentinel Newspapers (his career highlight) and later, Group Editor of West Staffordshire Newspapers and its associated websites.
Personal academic tutoring
Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.
Find out more about personal academic tutoring
These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.
|What we're looking for
|GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/Grade C (or above) or equivalent qualification
|Access to HE
|Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 with a minimum of Distinction: 15, Merit: 24, Pass: 6
Offers will be made initially based on your application, including predicted grades and/or grades you have already achieved. You may be given the opportunity, within your offer letter, to submit a portfolio. If you submit a strong portfolio we will make you an unconditional offer, to reflect the quality of your work and your potential.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each skills area)
This course develops the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to become a journalism professional, adept in the production of content for multiple platforms: print, online and broadcast. These skills can take you anywhere in the world.
You will also be well-suited to roles in politics, content creation, marketing, communications/PR, social media, the wider creative industries, as well as law and public administration. In fact, the research and communication skills of a journalist are transferable to a huge variety of graduate level jobs.
Our journalism graduates are now working for the BBC, Reach plc, Westminster, ITV, as well as in specific industries such as automotive and fashion.
If you would like to continue your studies at masters level, our MA Journalism is the ideal next step.
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.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
Additional information about your studies
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.
The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.
Included in your fees
- Access to the Equipment Centre which stocks a huge range of cameras, audio equipment, and accessories which are available for booking by students at no cost
- Various day field trips – for example, these have included Alton Towers, Shrovetide Football, the Bradford National Media Museum, and Escape rooms in the past year
- Mandatory trips to media companies or other interesting organisations. Previous trips have included visiting BBC Radio Derby, the Derby Telegraph, the Nottingham Post and BBC News and Sport at Salford
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Some equipment including storage drives (about £10) and external storage drives (£50 - £100) for use with cameras.
Optional costs not included in your fees
- It is useful but not essential to have a smartphone (£50 - £750)
- Some students choose to buy accessories for the phone such as external microphones (approx. £10 - £15) and tripods (£5 - £25)
- Some students also find it useful to purchase their own laptop for use in the field but this is not required (from £150)
- It is also possible that you will want to travel to cover particular news stories - as this is not required by the course, the cost is not covered in your fees.
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.