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Journalism, Media and English Literature

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description

Journalism, Media and English Literature

The BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

While the journalism part of the degree examines the media in its growth and historical and cultural significance in shaping our lives, the English literature modules focus on the critical analysis of a range of texts from different periods together with the exploration of complex ideas.

Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging set of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.

Within English literature, you are free to follow a traditional program covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.

You will also study the many facets of journalism and media in an era of globalisation and dynamic social change and their impact on society, politics and popular culture.

The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:

  • Teaching across the whole chronological and geographical span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century
  • A reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology
  • A strong tradition in creative writing, taught by writers making their mark on today’s culture
  • A flourishing Journalism Society and English Society as well as a student media centre
  • Careers weeks and workshops organised regularly to ensure your readiness for the ‘world of work’.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB including English Literature, English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. Please note, General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • History of Mass Communication and Culture
  • Media Scholarship
  • Understanding Journalism Studies
  • Critical Reading and Critical Writing
  • Drama: Stage and Page
  • Creative Reading
  • Creative Writing
  • Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature
  • Ways of Reading
  • Media and Gender
  • Media, Power and Society
  • Yr Ystafell Newyddion 1
  • Yr Ystafell Newyddion 2
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Fashion Futures: Technology, Innovation and Society
  • Internet Governance
  • Media, Globalisation and Culture
  • Public Relations and Political Communication
  • Erasmus and Study Abroad
  • War, Politics and Propaganda II
  • Doing Media Research: Approaches and Methods
  • Media Law Year 2
  • Media and Democracy
  • Style and Genre
  • The Robin Hood Tradition
  • Modernist Fictions
  • Children's Literature: Form and Function
  • Introduction to Romantic Poetry
  • African-American Literature
  • Modernism and the City
  • Gothic Fiction: The Romantic Age
  • Social Politics and National Style: American Fiction and Form, 1920-1940
  • Literature and Science
  • Dickens in Many Media
  • Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Women Writers
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies and Histories
  • Contemporary Poetry: Tradition and Innovation
  • Girls
  • Creative Writing: Children's and Young Adult Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Experiments in Fiction
  • Creative Writing: Microfiction
  • Creative Writing: Poetry l
  • Creative Writing: Playwriting - Stage and Radio
  • Creative Writing: Screenwriting
  • Creative Writing: Poetry II
  • Creative Writing: The Short Story
  • Object Women in Literature and Film
  • Renaissance Poetry, Prose and Drama: The Principal Genres, Issues and Authors
  • Decadent Men, 1890s-1910s: Wilde to Forster
  • Creative Writing: Stories from the Real World -- Narrative
  • Chaucer's Gender Politics: Chivalry, Sex and Subversion in the Canterbury Tales
  • Contemporary British Fictions
  • Experimental Early Modern Drama
  • Writing Mourning
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Jane Austen in Context
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • Dissertation
  • Media Law
  • Mediating Childhood
  • Media, Racism, Conflict
  • Spin Unspun: Public Relations and The News Media
  • The Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Communicating Causes
  • Understanding Media Business
  • Reporting Conflict and the Civil Sphere
  • Palu am y Gwir
  • Stori Pwy? Cyfathrebu Cymru
  • Reporting the World
  • Media, Money and Markets
  • Feminisms and Television History
  • A Century of War Photojournalism
  • Marketing, Branding and Promotional Cultures in Television
  • The Graphic Memoir
  • Fictive Histories/Historical Fictions
  • Dissertation
  • Hitchcock
  • Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen
  • Gender and Monstrosity: Late/Neo Victorian
  • Utopia: Suffrage to Cyberpunk
  • Second-generation Romantic Poets
  • Bluestockings, Britannia, Unsexed Females: Women in Public Life, 1770-1800
  • Gothic Fiction: The Victorians
  • Poetry in the Making: Modern Literary Manuscripts
  • Postcolonial Theory
  • Visions of Past and Future in Children's Literature
  • Island Stories: Literatures of the North Atlantic
  • Medieval Romance: Monsters and Magic
  • Creative Writing Project
  • John Milton
  • The American Short Story
  • Apocalypse Then and Now
  • Criminal Shakespeare
  • Scandal and Outrage: Controversial Literature of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
  • Representing Race in Contemporary America
  • Love, Death and Marriage in Renaissance Drama
  • Visuality, Culture and Technology
  • International Study Abroad Autumn

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £17,700


What skills will I practise and develop?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, which will allow you to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Ask the right questions of complex texts
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically
  • Identify and apply relevant data
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence
  • Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights
  • Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Use IT programs and digital media, where appropriate
  • Take responsibility for your own learning program and professional development.

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