You will be taught by industry specialists in state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK
You will have the opportunity for interdisciplinary study of two subjects
Your learning will be supported by cutting edge research and accomplished academic staff actively publishing in the field
This course is about having a passion for the written word. Placing equal emphasis on the study of Journalism and of English, this dynamic course produces graduates who are capable of thinking creatively and analytically in order to achieve practical outcomes of a highly professional level.
In Journalism, you will study the history and context of the profession, law and ethics, as well as print and online journalism. As you progress through this course, you can also pursue specific areas of interest such as music journalism, sports journalism, feature writing and court reporting.
The study of English offers you the opportunity to examine a range of popular fiction and narrative theories with options in film and psychoanalysis, creative writing and women’s writing.
You will be taught by professional journalists and accomplished academics on a course well known for providing exciting possibilities for further study.
Outside of the curriculum, you will have ample opportunity to contribute to a number of well-established student news sources including the Salfordian newspaper, Shock Radio or Quays News. You will also have the opportunity to be taught in our state-of-the- art facilities at MediaCityUK, in close proximity to the BBC and ITV.
Find out more about the University's Quays TV news studio facilities at MediaCityUK.
You will study six core modules in Year One – three Journalism modules and three English modules.
The Journalism modules include Digital Journalism, Law and Ethics, and Journalism Studies.
These modules will cover the theory behind industry practice, legal and ethical issues within journalism, as well as blogging and the use of social media.
The English modules include Narrative, Fiction and the Novel, Theory and Practice, and Popular Fictions.
These modules will introduce you to the study of English at degree level, including how to analyse texts from a variety of genres and to use a range of literary and theoretical concepts.
You will then have the opportunity to pursue a specialised pathway throughout Year Two and Three. This will allow you to build on core skills gained from Year One, as well as create your own programme route from a suite of optional modules including sports journalism, music journalism and political journalism.
The following modules may be offered:
The following options may be offered:
This module explores the importance of utopias and dystopias in the development of literature, society and politics. The module will explore key utopian writers such as Thomas More and H.G. Wells, and classic dystopic fiction such as George Orwell’s 1984.
The Romantic period (c. 1780-1820) was a time of revolution when radical writers began to argue for the natural rights of mankind. Following the American and French Revolutions, there were debates in print over the rights of man, woman, slaves, religious dissenters, Catholics, and animals.
It was a time when poets experimented with new literary forms and styles, the novel had emerged as a recognisable genre, and plays were popular. The ‘spirit of the age’ newly discovered nature, the sublime, childhood, nationhood, empire, the self, and the gothic. This module will consider these themes within their historical and cultural context, paying close attention to the language of the texts themselves.
This module examines the historical context of investigative journalism and the challenges faced by news organisations and by investigative journalists when publishing their work. It studies the specialist methods used by investigative journalists including secret recording and analysis of documentary evidence and the legal and ethical issues involved.
A) Changes in “traditional” registers of English:
C) Factors involved in recent language change
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|UCAS tariff points||280-320 points|
|GCE A level||280-320 points. General Studies accepted.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM - DDM|
|Foundation Degree||Successful completion|
|Scottish Highers||280-320 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280-320 points|
|International Baccalaureate||31 points|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
The English language requirement for this course is an IELTS average score of 6.5 or above, and for each component, 5.5 or above. For further information check the international entry requirements for all our courses here: www.salford.ac.uk/study/international/entry-requirements
We are looking for highly motivated students with a genuine interest in journalism and literature, good written and spoken communication skills, proactive and willing to take advantage of the many opportunities that we offer.
We’ll expect candidates to have engaged in journalism, for example, through a work placement, school magazine or newspaper. Good English and communication skills are vital.
You may also be invited to an interview and asked to undertake a journalism test.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.
Small group teaching remains at the heart of our learning and teaching ethos. For some modules, tutorials containing a maximum of 10 students meet regularly throughout the year for informal discussion. Teaching is delivered through a combination of:
We place emphasis on the acquisition of individual transferable skills as well as the development of knowledge and skills important to professional and academic practice.
You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework such as essays, presentations, portfolios and practical exercises. Most modules incorporate some form of diagnostic assessment in order to allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses prior to undertaking your final exam, project or essay. Exact proportions will vary according to your option module choices: some modules are assessed entirely by coursework, others are a combination of coursework and exam. You may also choose to do a dissertation.
The Graduate Destinations survey 2010 found that 92% of Journalism graduates went on to paid employment or further study within six months of finishing. Employers include: Citizens Advice Bureau, ITV Yorkshire, MANCAT, Museum of Science and Industry, Nationwide, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Lloyds TSB, the AA and WH Smith. Our graduates have also gone on to pursue careers in the following areas: literary research and postgraduate work; publishing; local government and the Civil Service; teaching (secondary and further education); management in the commercial and business sector; teaching English overseas; journalism; broadcasting and the law. The degree is excellent preparation for further study at MA level, or for further qualifications leading to a career in teaching.
Employers recognise that Journalism and English graduates acquire valuable transferable skills relevant to a range of career paths. You’ll be well prepared for a career in the media, communications, or information sectors. You’ll have the multimedia skills and flexibility to work across any of the traditional and new media. With a strong set of transferable skills, you may be able to follow a career in a wide range of professions, including publishing, journalism, creative media, advertising, management or teaching. This programme can lead to a PGCE, or progression to an MA programme, such as the MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Salford.
Jack Howsongraduated from BA (Hons) Journalism and English in 2013. He now writes for Mancunian Matters and is a freelance copywriter for Fourth Day Public Relations.
Patrick Kinsellagraduated in 2013 and is now a trainee Press and PR Officer at the Press Office at the University of Salford.
This course responds to the needs of industry in developing both transferable skills and subject expertise. We have close associations with literary, academic and professional bodies such as;
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Part-time||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
You will be partly based at a unique digital learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK. We are located at the heart of national BBC departments and hundreds of creative, digital and media organisations. Specialist facilities include a multi-platform newsroom.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time