BA (Hons) Journalism with Creative Writing

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Portsmouth
English

About this program

BA (Hons) Journalism with Creative Writing

If prose is your passion, this Journalism with Creative Writing degree lets you keep your options open while you transform your talent with the written word into a successful career.

You'll learn about and experience factual reporting and fictional writing, combining the complementary disciplines of journalism and creative writing. You might compile a news report about a local charity or review a concert on one day, then the next day work on a short story, poem or play script.

You'll also hone your research skills and learn about the structure and mechanisms of the industries you could find yourself working in – from the process of getting a script approved to legal issues surrounding publishing news stories.

You'll graduate ready to get stuck into writing professionally, equipped with the knowledge and experience you need to get started in whichever field of writing you choose.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Journalism in Context
  • Law for Journalists
  • Reporting
  • True Stories
  • Telling Tales

Year 2

Core modules

  • Feature Writing and News Analysis
  • Optional modules
  • Smartphone Journalism
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Social Journalism Theory
  • Specialist Journalism
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Finding Form – Fiction
  • Factual Media Production
  • Professional Experience
  • Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Student Enterprise

Placement year (optional)

On this course you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in the journalism, advertising, public relations or marketing industries.

Year 3

Optional modules

  • Journalism Special Investigation
  • Journalism Dissertation
  • Newsroom Production
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
  • Digital Media and Democracy
  • Placement
  • Money, Government and Power
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Fan Fiction
  • Travel Writing
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Writing Project (with Publishing)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement

Tuition

  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250
  • For International students: £15,500

Career paths

When you finish this Journalism with Creative Writing degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

In the last DHLE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey published in 2017, 100% of our creative writing graduates and 95% of journalism graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation.

What can you do with a Journalism with Creative Writing degree?

Areas that you could go on to work in include:

  • broadcast, print and online journalism
  • creative writing
  • marketing
  • public relations
  • communications
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • arts management

What jobs can you do with a Journalism with Creative Writing degree?

Previous graduates from our journalism and creative writing courses have gone on to work in roles including:

  • trainee reporter
  • social media editor
  • digital marketing executive
  • copywriter
  • theatre manager
  • editorial assistant

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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