Journalism and English
BA (Hons)

Based at MediaCityUK
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Journalism and English at Salford

1.

You will be taught by industry specialists in state-of-the-art facilities at MediaCityUK

2.

You will have the opportunity for interdisciplinary study of two subjects

3.

Your learning will be supported by cutting edge research and accomplished academic staff actively publishing in the field

Course Summary

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.

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Course Details

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.

Year 1

You will delve into various forms of digital journalism by developing your own blog and exploring the multitude of social media publishing outlets available to journalists today.  By creating your own blog, you will also learn about the aesthetic values and content development of online journalistic applications.
Understanding the law surrounding journalism and ethical boundaries is essential learning for any aspiring journalist.  For that reason, this module provides you with a basic understanding of the legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks to which journalists work.
This module takes you through the historical development of journalism in the UK.  You will analyse this dynamic field within the wider social, political and economic frameworks of modern society, enabling you to identify the role of the industry in contemporary political and cultural life.
This module examines the history of narrative, from early texts such as Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, to postmodern writers such as Jeanette Winterson. We trace the development of narrative strategies, and cultural themes such as gender and class.
You will be introduced to the key concepts relating to the study of popular fiction and develop a knowledge of the main genres and forms of popular literature. You will study of a number of representative texts from key phases in the development of popular forms, including critical attitudes towards them.
You will be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches to literary and cultural practice. You will gain an understanding of how both literary and cultural texts can be read and analysed, and how different theories can be productively applied to them.

Year 2

You will enhance your skills of close analysis, studying 19th century writing within a range of historical and theoretical contexts. Texts include novels, poetry and non-fiction and the module covers a range of issues including class, culture, urban experience, women’s writing, decadence and identity.

The following modules may be offered:

Journalism Options

The main purpose of this module is to develop your understanding of the ways in which technological, social, political and cultural changes have impacted the study of journalism.  You will learn to analyse journalism practice and the contemporary trends emerging within the profession whilst improving your research skills and your ability to critically evaluate your own practice.
Focusing on the law surrounding court reporting, this module will build upon your learning from the Law and Ethics module in Year One.  You will analyse court procedures used in the development of UK law and explore the effect of court reporting restrictions on the news gathering process.
The exciting field of sports journalism encompasses everything from football matches and rugby games to global Olympic events.  In this elective module, you will learn essentials skills for writing clear and concise sports copy, interviewing players and officials, and producing match reports for print and online sports publications.
By understanding the complex relationship between the music industry and its target markets, you will be equipped to write accurate and engaging reviews of the latest music releases and live concerts.  In addition to exploring the evolution and variety of this genre, you will also further advance your interviewing skills and writing abilities.
You will learn how to write different types of features for newspapers and magazines in various markets.  By the end of this module, you will have gained practical skills in the art of feature writing as well as enhanced your ability to formulate and pitch story ideas to commissioning editors.
Building on the preliminary aspects of online journalism introduced in Year One, this module will further prepare you for the demands of the digital workplace by providing you with a range of competencies in interactive online journalism.  Operating as an online journalist, you will learn a number of techniques including layering and using pictures, audio and video.
This module aims to provide you with a broad history of war reporting from the Boer War to the present day.  This will enable you to assess the role of technological developments in war reporting and the social, cultural and political trends affecting war reporters today.
This module will raise your awareness of UK government systems, providing you with an overview of national, regional and local government and the relationship of each with the news media.  You will learn how to report council meetings, parliamentary committees and understand the relationship between journalists and local and central government.
This module will provide you with an overview of how the media views and reports on the world of celebrity.  You will learn the professional skills of celebrity journalism as well as develop a critical understanding of the challenges and constraints facing celebrity journalists today, including ethical dilemmas such as media bias, cheque book journalism and issues around privacy.
You will gain an in depth insight into the concepts and practices behind the production of successful newspaper campaigns as well as a grounded awareness of the different markets and styles for print journalism. In this module, you will acquire the advanced editorial skills necessary for producing your own newspaper including feature writing, sub editing and page design.
This module covers the rise of the smartphone as a journalistic tool ; the opportunities and limitations of mobile journalism ; the phone in traditional journalism and new forms of emerging journalism; filming, recording and editing on mobile devices using a range of technologies; the journalistic application of social media including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr within mobile journalism.
This module addresses the political and social impact of the communication revolution. It examines topics such as globalization, the media and foreign policy-making, new media and global activism and media coverage of international crises.

English Options

The following options may be offered:

This module will trace the origins and development of prescriptive attitudes and linguistic insecurity, and the extent to which these ideas are relevant to contemporary users of English. Topics include Received Pronunciation, grammar and morality, and political correct language.
This module examines constructions of gender, race and empire in fictional and non-fictional  texts from the last thirty years of the nineteenth century. We will consider how scientific, literary, political and other texts construct and reimagine the roles of men and women, colonisers and colonized peoples, animals and the environment during this transitional period between the Victorian and the Modern.
You are introduced to Irish Literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. You will examine the main texts produced in this period and relate them to the political, social and historical circumstances in which they were produced. The module will focus in particular on the poetry and drama of the Irish National Theatre, the plays of Lady Gregory, J.M. Synge and Sean O’Casey, artistic manifestos and Irish fiction.
You will examine interdisciplinary relationships between literary fiction and its adaptation to the screen, considering the challenges involved in transposing literary works to film and/or television. You will become equipped with the skills to produce a working treatment and step outline for a screen adaptation (TV or film).
This module explores how journalists, poets, true-crime writers and novelists write about ‘evil’. Students will interrogate the cultural logic and politics of representing ‘evil’, and  explore for themselves the difficulties of writing about highly charged and emotionally draining subject matter.

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.

  • History of children’s literature
  • General introduction to child development and how this is acknowledged in texts produced for them
  • Picture texts (KS0)
  • Chapter books and texts  (KS1)
  • Texts for fluent readers  (KS2)
  • Teen texts (KS3)
  • Young Adult texts (KS4)
  • High-low texts (KS3 and KS4)
  • Looking across genres

Year 3

You will produce an in-depth piece of newspaper or online journalism with professional tutorial supervision or undertake a dissertation in a journalism-related area with academic support.

The following modules may be offered:

This module will examine the role of the PR industry and its link to journalism and the media.  Through a number of practical workshops, you will gain a strong understanding of the principles and practices behind successful PR strategies and campaigns.

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:

  • Characteristics of traditional registers, and models of the relationship between speech and writing
  • Changes in standard written British and American English since 1900, focusing on changes in grammar and lexicogrammar
  • Changes in standard and non-standard varieties of spoken English

B) New registers associated with new technologies:

  • The language of email
  • The language of blogs
  • The language of chatgroups and social networking sites
  • The language of SMS texting and Instant Messaging

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
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

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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

Applicant profile

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.

Teaching

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:

  • tutorials (up to10 students)
  • seminars (12 - 20 students)
  • lectures (up to 150 students)
  • where appropriate through the use of interactive computer resources

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.

Assessment

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.

Employability

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

Jack Howson graduated 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 Kinsella graduated in 2013 and is now a trainee Press and PR Officer at the Press Office at the University of Salford.

Links with Industry

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;

  • The BBC
  • ITV
  • Key 103
  • Real Radio
  • Trinity Mirror (including the Manchester Evening News)
  • Bolton News
  • Cavendish Press
  • Red
  • Telephone Press
  • Knives Forks and Spoons Press
  • If not P then Q Press
  • Legend Press
  • Erbacce Press
  • The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • The Theatre Royal, Hyde
  • British Isles North West section of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Old Vic Theatre New Voices Company
  • The Biographers’ Club
  • Octagon Theatre, Bolton
  • North West Branch of Antelopes Group of Professional Playwrights

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Part-timeYour annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying
Full-time International£11,500

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 

Facilities

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.

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