BA Journalism and LiteratureUniversity of Essex
About this program
BA Journalism and Literature
In the digital age, where demand for news is at an all-time high, a key element to becoming a successful journalist is the ability to find and share information that is engaging and powerful. Through our BA Journalism and Literature course you will improve your ability to tell a story and develop an individual and distinctive journalistic style.
This course combines two disciplines which inform one another: literature and journalism. You explore a wide spectrum of topics from around the globe; ranging from the Renaissance literature of Shakespeare to postcolonial fiction. This will be intertwined with the practical journalism component of this course; where you develop your skills in using multi-media channels such as radio, television and online media and deepen your knowledge of journalism on an international scale.
You have the flexibility to choose the areas of the subject that interest you. Choose from topics including:
- US Literature
- Production Skills
- Creative writing
- International Journalism
During your final year, you will have the opportunity to bring all aspects of the course together in a final multimedia project on a subject linked to the literature element of your studies.
As a student at one of the UK’s leading social science institutions and a pioneer of literature and writing, you are uniquely placed to acquire a deep understanding of the world you report on. You join our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies where you will join our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe.
Clearing entry requirements
Specific entry requirements for this course in Clearing are not published here but for most of our degree courses you will need to hold a Level 3 qualification. If you are interested in applying and have already received your results, use our Clearing application form to apply for 2022 entry and find out if you are eligible. You will be asked to provide details of your qualifications and grades.
English language requirements
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Practical Reporting, Interviewing and Production (Joint Honours)
- Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama
- Journalism Now
- History of Journalism
- The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways
- Audio and Video for Broadcast and Online (Joint Honours)
- Feature Writing and Magazine Project for Print and Online (Joint Honours)
- Criticism: Practice and Theory
- Comparative Media Law and Regulation
- Advanced Practical Journalism
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available, please visit the university website for more information.
BA Journalism and Literature: 3 years
BA Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad): 4 years
BA Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year): 4 years
- Teaching will mainly take the form of lectures and classes of about 20 students
- Opportunities for placements
- Mentoring from professionals in your specialist subject
- A typical timetable involves a one-hour lecture and a one-hour class for each of your modules every week
- Home/UK fee: £9,250
- International fee: £17,700
You compile an impressive portfolio of published work and complete a detailed multimedia project linked to literature in your final year, allowing you to offer real evidence of your range and capabilities to future employers.
You become a multi-skilled story-teller, familiar with production techniques in television, radio, online and newspaper journalism, and with the option to gain advanced skills in specific areas in your final year.
About this institute
University of Essex
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