BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Journalism and Culture

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

The new Journalism and Culture BA offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory. You will learn journalistic skills such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms. You will develop critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate.  You will gain research and analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

Here at Brunel we aim to give you all the tools you need to pursue your chosen journalistic career. You will be taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists. You’ll also learn in our 24 hour, state of the art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry- standard hardware and software. Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world. The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.

Programme description

The new Journalism and Culture BA offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory. You will learn journalistic skills such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms. You will develop critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate.  You will gain research and analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

Here at Brunel we aim to give you all the tools you need to pursue your chosen journalistic career. You will be taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists. You’ll also learn in our 24 hour, state of the art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry- standard hardware and software. Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world. The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.

Key Modules

Many of our graduates will be seeking first jobs in journalism, primarily in the local and regional sector in print/online and/or broadcasting. The programme will also cater for candidates seeking to enter the burgeoning periodical sector.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

Module & Subject

At Level 1 you will learn essential journalistic skills such as news and feature writing and audio production from practical modules. The theory modules introduce you to the key academic and industrial debates around journalism and media. You will develop a thorough understanding of the systems and digital environment in which journalism operates and learn the appropriate theoretical and analytical tools for analysing journalism and media.

At Level 2 you will further develop your journalistic skills in producing and writing journalism content for different platforms. The theory modules will deepen your understanding and knowledge of the development of journalism, the various cultural forms produced via different platforms, and the issues and changes in journalism caused by the rise of digital media technologies. You will also develop research skills and critical thinking. You will develop your specialism through selecting elective module.

At Level 3 you will take two theory-practice modules which allow you to specialise and apply what you have learnt to Academic dissertation and Journalism Project.

Typical Modules:

 Level 1

Compulsory:

  • Introduction to Journalism and Media
  • Foundations of Researching Journalism
  • Digital Media and Society
  • News and Feature Writing
  • Cross-Platform Journalism

Level 2

Compulsory:

  • Journalism, Politics and Power
  • Journalism Practice
  • Journalism, Media, and Globalisation
  • Media Law, Ethics, and Regulations
  • Journalism Research Project

Optional

Choose one from:

  • Data Gathering 
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Journalism, International Politics and Social Issues

Level 3:

Compulsory:

  • Data Journalism
  • Academic Dissertation
  • Journalism Practice Project

 Optional

Choose one from:

  • Journalism, Storytelling and Social Media
  • Media, Campaigning and Social Change
  • Public Relations
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER