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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years, Part-time: 4-6 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

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

Combining your passion for journalism with another subject, this degree will take you behind the headlines and give you insights into a career as a journalist in the age of the internet.

Why you should study Journalism at the University of Derby

We've developed this course with your future in mind. As new technologies revolutionise the industry and the ways in which people receive their news, we’ll introduce you to the world of the multi-skilled multimedia professional.

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 and ethics. 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

You’ll have opportunities to work on location - newsgathering, reporting and developing your news values. This could include visiting courts and public meetings or covering community issues to produce fair, balanced and accurate reports.

You could contribute to our student-run media, helping with the radio or TV stations, writing for the Phantom newspaper and producing content for the online news and sports websites run by the Students’ Union. We also encourage you to work with charities and arts organisations to gain an insight into why media matters so much.

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.

Variety and versatility

Our emphasis is on developing your creativity and versatility, with knowledge of a variety of production techniques. You'll also have the chance to concentrate on a journalistic genre that particularly interests you.

Alongside traditional reporting skills, we want you to develop a passion for ideas and creative communication, to seek out 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:

Popular Joint Honours combinations

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with Journalism include:

You can also study Journalism as a single honours subject.

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What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

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Code: 4JN503

Photojournalism and Reportage

This module provides an introduction to photojournalistic reportage through a study of practitioners whose documentary images changed and continue to expand our perceptions of the world.

The module is both analytical and practical and designed to inform your understanding of the power and impact of visual journalism. You will be introduced to writing about the documentary tradition and to the historical, aesthetic and sociological contexts that inform the practice and deployment of photojournalism in the journalistic sphere.

You will learn to create and appreciate reportage through a study of iconic images introduced to the world stage by intrepid photojournalists working on film through to the instant digital reportage uploaded for print and online. You will be encouraged to work with a range of equipment.

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20 Credits
optional
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
optional
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
optional
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
optional
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
optional
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: 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
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: 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
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: 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
optional
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
optional
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

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

Teaching and learning

We believe that you learn best by doing, so as often as possible you will be creating content for print, online, audio and video platforms. You’ll also study the theory and history of journalism.

You’ll be taught by a team which has vast experience in journalism and you’ll gain fascinating insights into the profession thanks to our programme of guest lectures by journalists, broadcasters, historians and political commentators.

We have extensive contacts with local and national radio, newspapers and TV, which open the doors to a variety of opportunities for you.

The course works closely with a number of media organisations to allow students to have their work published. You will also go on visits to professional media companies and get the chance to hear many media professionals at guest lectures.

Assessment

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.

Supporting you all the way

We offer a high level of support to students, including a unique personal tutor system to help steer your academic and professional development.

Who you will meet

The course is taught by highly skilled lecturers who have many years of first-hand experience in staff and freelance journalism in print, stills, documentary, radio, TV and online media. Most of them also have national and international awards.

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.

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Who will teach you

Programme leader

Dr Ivana Ebel

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

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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.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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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

Equipped for an exciting career

You will gain experience in the production of content for print, online and broadcast outlets but the skills you learn will also open doors to numerous other careers including PR, advertising and corporate communications. 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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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included 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.

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