Journalism and Media Studies

It is through the media that the public is able to engage with events in their local community and on a global scale. People look to professionals in journalism and media to provide accurate and well-presented information about current affairs.

Journalism and media covers a range of topics, including popular media, such as films and celebrities, to having the skills to analyse global activities and report them in a way that everyone can understand. If you want to be part of a team that investigates events on a global scale and to inform the public, then Journalism may be the area of work for you!

It is also important to have a knowledge of the historical and cultural context of the media and cultural industries to fully understand their roles in modern society. If you want to become a well informed citizen in a media saturated society, a Media related degree may be for you!

What will I study?

Students will gain basic skills in the foundations of media and journalism, including research methods like how to find sources, how to present information and best practice for journalists.

Later in the course, Journalism students will develop their knowledge on the impact of journalism on society, certain topics like war and the media, health media and other areas of interest to the student. There is also the opportunity to gain an academic understanding of popular culture and critically study the influence of film, television and radio.

You can also gain more journalistic experience by working for the University’s award-winning Student Media, including a newspaper, TV station, radio station and magazine, which provide valuable real-life experience and a real boost for a media career.

Careers

Graduates are provided with skills required to enter a career within the media. This includes the written media and media in its other forms. Graduates in Journalism and Media can not only go on to work as journalists, but have gone on to work for public service, the civil service, universities, public relations and a range of other industries within the UK and overseas.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree, students are set up for a wide range of postgraduate journalism courses, which allow them to focus their interest in one specific area. Undergoing this route develops students’ skills so that they can write critically in a specific area, such as war journalism or for a specific platform such as Broadcast Journalism.

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