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Journalism Studies BA

Department of Journalism Studies

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    You are viewing this course for 2023-24 entry. 2022-23 entry is also available.

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    Course description

    News day

    Good journalists need traditional skills like spotting big stories and excellent newswriting and digital skills like video editing and social media. Our staff have decades of journalistic experience and teach all these techniques expertly.

    As part of your course, you'll practise journalism for real, covering your own patch in the city. Every assignment will present a different challenge. You could be on location filming for a documentary. You may be reporting from a courtroom on the details of a criminal prosecution. Another day could find you interviewing a politician or a sports star.

    Your work experience will build up your portfolio of work and CV. Our many connections in the media industry help to open up a huge range of work experience opportunities.

    They do this because the best journalists aren't just good at working a camera and note-taking in shorthand. The best journalists understand the difference between good and bad journalism. They grasp the responsibilities of their profession and its rich history. They know that journalism is about right and wrong, war and peace, liberty and democracy. It's about the life stories of people, societies, and entire continents.

    And as a prestigious Russell Group university, where teaching is based on the highest-quality research, our staff are living, breathing and teaching these ideas.

    Join us and follow recent graduates who are working for the BBC, Press Association, Bloomberg, The Guardian and media all over the world.

    Our BA Journalism Studies course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Journalism Studies BA course structure
    UCAS code: P500
    Years: 2021

    Your first year of study comprises a single, integrated core module.

    Essential Journalism

    This module develops news writing, news production and academic skills, combined with theoretical understanding of journalism in both a national and international context. It also provides an introduction to key future themes such as media law, ethics and analysing information. Students will learn how to write and structure news stories, develop interviewing skills, source and use quotes, and journalistic social media skills, amongst others. Themes include; journalism and politics; media freedom; journalism and society; audiences; technology and innovation in journalism; law and ethics; current debates in industry; and analysing news agendas.

    120 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    You'll undertake practical journalism work, gathering news from around the city and preparing content using our professional-quality editing suite, newsrooms and broadcast studios. And you'll learn journalism ethics, law, history and critique through our lecture and seminar programmes.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Our staff include professional journalists with many years of experience in radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and digital media. They also include academic researchers with big reputations for their work on journalism safety, freedom of expression, media law and ethics, political communication, and much more.

    Assessment

    You'll be assessed in a number of ways, including both exams and coursework you produce in response to theory-based modules, and through the news stories and broadcasts you create as part of the practical elements of the degree. There'll also be the opportunity to sit exams for the NCTJ diploma qualification.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

    Find programme specification for this course

    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB

    A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in the EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 33

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject

    BTEC Diploma DD in a relevant subject + B at A Level

    Scottish Highers AAABB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    BBB

    A Levels + additional qualifications BBB + B in the EPQ

    International Baccalaureate 32

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDM in a relevant subject

    BTEC Diploma DD in a relevant subject + B at A Level

    Scottish Highers AABBB

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 at Distinction and 21 at Merit

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Equivalent English language qualifications

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Department of Journalism Studies

    The production studio - we can see the presenters on screen, producers using the equipment and a teleprompter.

    Study with us and you'll learn vital practical skills: how to spot big stories and write sparkling copy, video editing, shorthand and advanced social media.

    Because of our research expertise as an elite Russell Group university, you'll also discover how journalism is part of an epic social narrative about right and wrong, liberty and democracy, war and peace: about the life stories of people, societies and entire continents. We don't just teach you how, we show you why.

    Join us and you'll be taught by professional journalists with years of experience in TV, radio, newspapers and magazines; and by influential academic researchers with powerful international reputations, who write the textbooks that journalists learn from.

    Journalism at Sheffield extends beyond the university. As well as seminars and lectures on campus and production work in the newsrooms and Broadcast Zone, you'll be assigned your own patch of the city to report from. This means building up local contacts to help you hunt down stories, and there's court reporting too.

    We'll also help you find a work experience placement so you can sharpen up your skills in a real-life newsroom or other professional communications setting.

    Facilities

    We invested £3 million in a stunning refurbishment of the building at 9 Mappin Street, providing an excellent new home for the department.

    Our students and staff have three storeys of state-of-the-art broadcast studios, multimedia newsrooms, breakout spaces, bright new offices, and a fabulous common room.

    It's the perfect setting for our students to gather experience of a real working news environment.

    Department of Journalism Studies

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      92 per cent of our research is rated in the highest two categories
    Research Excellence Framework 2021

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    Department of Journalism Studies

    Top 5 in the UK for journalism

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

    3rd in the UK for journalism

    The Guardian University Guide 2022

    No 1 in the Russell Group for teaching on the BA Journalism Studies course

    National Student Survey 2021


    Graduate careers

    Department of Journalism Studies

    Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and work right across the media. Many begin on local newspapers and radio as junior reporters and the best move up to national or international level in roles such as editor or digital media editor. Some specialise in social media or video production.

    Recent graduates are working for the BBC, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Press Association, Oxford University Press, magazines, radio and digital media all over the world. Some go into public relations, teaching and other areas where communication skills are at a premium.

    A profile photo of undergraduate student Martha Kelner.

    Knowing media law is vital, even as a sports journalist

    Martha Kelner Journalism Studies BA

    A specialist reporter on issues and investigations in sport, Martha has worked for the Mail, the Guardian and Sky News since studying journalism at Sheffield.

    A profile photograph of Journalism Studies graduate Daniel Sheridan giving a talk.

    The course gave me a rounded perspective of the different skills I would need

    Daniel Sheridan Journalism Studies BA

    During the UK's 2019 general election campaign Daniel broke the famous story of the boy on the hospital floor. Studying journalism at Sheffield was the perfect preparation.

    Portrait of journalism graduate Sam Moir

    A Premier League career in communication

    Sam Moir Journalism Studies BA

    Sam Moir has used the media skills he developed at Sheffield in a rewarding career, first with Ministry of Sound and now as a video producer/director for Chelsea FC.

    Fees and funding

    Fees

    Additional costs

    The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.

    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

    Additional funding

    Details of funding awards and what the fees cover can be found on the department site.

    Fees and funding for the Department of Journalism Studies

    Visit us

    University open days

    There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.

    Open days: book your place

    Taster days

    At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.

    Upcoming taster sessions

    Applicant days

    If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.

    Campus tours

    Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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