Journalism and English Literature BA (Hons)

UCAS code PQ53 BA/JOURE

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About this course 2018/19

Do you want to be trained as a journalist while also exploring the treasures of literature? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a stimulating creative community, you’ll gain skills for jobs in journalism and many other careers that value excellence in communication and analysis.

In the Journalism modules you’ll work up to professional standards as you research, present and produce stories across different media. You’ll have the opportunity to build a high-quality portfolio of published work that’s invaluable when it comes to job applications.

In Literature modules you’ll cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction. As you produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, you’ll foster your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts.

94% of students on this course say that their communication and problem-solving skills have improved, and that staff make the subject interesting. 100% feel that Northumbria’s library resources meet their needs, according to Unistats 2015.

100% of Journalism and English Literature students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Learn from the best

The Journalism modules are taught by staff who have a wealth of industry experience, and who combine theory with a strong element of practice. The English Literature modules are taught by an English team whose publications are ranked 15th in the UK for their quality, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

94% of students on the course say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching, according to Unistats 2015. What’s more, 100% agree that staff are contactable when needed.

Our professors and lecturers are actively exploring and shaping what journalistic and literary studies mean in the 21st century. Particular interests include media and migration, social media, eighteenth-century and contemporary literature. Their expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what they teach.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. There is an optional media practical project in the third year.

Our teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as we work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. There will be a variety of assessment methods including ones that reflect modern journalistic practices.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

There is a ‘family feel’ to the creative community that is Northumbria University, according to the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. The home of the course is the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building, whose facilities include a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. There are over half a million print books and another 500,000 electronic books available online. Databases include LION (Literature Online database) and MLA (bibliography database).

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for their subjects, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English Literature, as well as for communication, cultural and media studies.

As part of the strong research-rich ethos, you will build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations, and develop well-founded arguments. In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake either a dissertation or a major media project. Whichever you choose, you will be expected to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During your time at Northumbria you’ll be encouraged to produce your own journalism, ensuring you will have a portfolio and platform to showcase your work and attract potential employers. Your studies will be supported by links with, and live project briefs from, media providers like the BBC, Tyne Tees TV and the Daily Mail. There is an opportunity to undertake an optional 20-day placement within the media industry.

In the second year you will have the option of studying in another country. North America and mainland Europe are popular places for students to spend a semester, taking modules that will count towards their final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

Throughout your studies the personal guidance programme will engage you in one-to-one and group workshops on employability. In addition the University’s Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

With highly honed skills in journalism, analysis and communication, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. Recent graduates have gone on to work for news outlets, PR firms, radio stations and marketing companies. There are logical career paths into all types of journalism, advertising, media research, publicity and promotion, and teaching.

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with courses such as our Mass Communication MSc and English Literature MA. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2019/20

Do you want to be trained as a journalist while also exploring the treasures of literature? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a stimulating creative community, you’ll gain skills for jobs in journalism and many other careers that value excellence in communication and analysis.

In the Journalism modules you’ll work up to professional standards as you research, present and produce stories across different media. You’ll have the opportunity to build a high-quality portfolio of published work that’s invaluable when it comes to job applications.

In Literature modules you’ll cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction. As you produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, you’ll foster your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts.

94% of students on this course say that their communication and problem-solving skills have improved, and that staff make the subject interesting. 100% feel that Northumbria’s library resources meet their needs, according to Unistats 2015.

100% of Journalism and English Literature students say that they are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Learn from the best

The Journalism modules are taught by staff who have a wealth of industry experience, and who combine theory with a strong element of practice. The English Literature modules are taught by an English team whose publications are ranked 15th in the UK for their quality, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

94% of students on the course say that staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching, according to Unistats 2015. What’s more, 100% agree that staff are contactable when needed.

Our professors and lecturers are actively exploring and shaping what journalistic and literary studies mean in the 21st century. Particular interests include media and migration, social media, eighteenth-century and contemporary literature. Their expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what they teach.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. There is an optional media practical project in the third year.

Our teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as we work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. There will be a variety of assessment methods including ones that reflect modern journalistic practices.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

There is a ‘family feel’ to the creative community that is Northumbria University, according to the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. The home of the course is the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building, whose facilities include a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010. There are over half a million print books and another 500,000 electronic books available online. Databases include LION (Literature Online database) and MLA (bibliography database).

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for their subjects, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English Literature, as well as for communication, cultural and media studies.

As part of the strong research-rich ethos, you will build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations, and develop well-founded arguments. In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake either a dissertation or a major media project. Whichever you choose, you will be expected to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During your time at Northumbria you’ll be encouraged to produce your own journalism, ensuring you will have a portfolio and platform to showcase your work and attract potential employers. Your studies will be supported by links with, and live project briefs from, media providers like the BBC, Tyne Tees TV and the Daily Mail. There is an opportunity to undertake an optional 20-day placement within the media industry.

In the second year you will have the option of studying in another country. North America and mainland Europe are popular places for students to spend a semester, taking modules that will count towards their final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

Throughout your studies the personal guidance programme will engage you in one-to-one and group workshops on employability. In addition the University’s Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

With highly honed skills in journalism, analysis and communication, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. Recent graduates have gone on to work for news outlets, PR firms, radio stations and marketing companies. There are logical career paths into all types of journalism, advertising, media research, publicity and promotion, and teaching.

You can also undertake further study at postgraduate level with courses such as our Mass Communication MSc and English Literature MA. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code PQ53 BA/JOURE

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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