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University of Huddersfield

Music Journalism

UCAS Code: P502

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Journalism

Music and journalism are two of the most exciting and creative industries to work in. Our BA in Music Journalism lets you combine your shared passions for sound, social media and the written word.

Why study Music Journalism at Huddersfield?

* The course aims to give you a practical grounding in the styles and techniques of music journalism. You’ll look at everything from writing for the printed page to making compelling videos, plus radio shows, podcasts and social media platforms.

* You’ll be taught by international recognised tutors who are leading the way in the growing area of media participation. Writers, broadcasters, academics and researchers all contribute, and our staff regularly work for national newspapers and magazines.

* We have an impressive range of equipment, including TV and radio studios, professional cameras and software and smartphones for mobile recording.

* Take part in a work placement with an external client, ranging from doing public relations work for a band to spending time with a radio station.

* From Beatlemania to #KatyCats, music fans have been noisy, colourful - and increasingly significant. And it’s not just rock and pop, you’ll develop a broad knowledge of a wide range of music genres.

Studying Music Journalism is much more than just writing about your favourite band. We’ll challenge you to explore a range of genres and give you the skills you need to embark on a range of exciting careers from journalism to music promotion to radio production. ~ Richard Jones, Course Leader for Journalism and Music Journalism.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Writing for the Media and Storytelling
Video and Audio Production
Introduction to Music Research
Industries
Technology
Users

Year 2
Core modules:
Media Work
Participatory Media and Fans
Methods in Media, Communication and Journalism Research

Option modules:
Choose up to three from a list which may include:
Popular Music Studies
Digital Radio and Audio Production
Making Film and Television
Reporting and Writing
Magazine Design and Production
Planet/Hollywood: Contemporary Global Cinema

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Final Year
Core modules:
Media Industry Project
Dissertation / Practice Dissertation

Students who have successfully completed the optional placement year take an additional optional module in place of the Media Industry Project.

Option modules:
Choose up to three from a list which may include:
Music in the 21st Century
Video Shorts: Music, Advertising and Short film
Writing Techniques Across Media (Transmedia Writing)
Journalism Innovation
Investigative Journalism
Digital Media, Data and Analysis
Stars and Celebrity
Video Games and Culture
Political Reporting
The Multi-Platform Newsroom
Media Policy, Law and Ethics

Assessment methods

We use a variety of assessments, including video shorts, podcasts, newsroom days, audience research portfolios, essays, production pitches, data analytics, presentations, and dissertation. This allows you the ability to tailor your degree to fit your passions, interests and strengths. You will be taught by world-leading scholars whose research is helping to shape our understanding of how media, journalism and culture operate alongside industry-leading practitioners and producers, supplemented by a variety of guest talks.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for full details of the scholarship http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of History English Languages & Media

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

59%
low
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
34%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
50%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Media professionals
9%
Functional managers and directors
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mass communications & documentation

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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