University of Hertfordshire Journalism

By | 14th June 2017

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University of Hertfordshire Journalism

University of Hertfordshire Journalism


Tutor and student talkingWhether you’re writing for a local newspaper, online journal or glossy magazine, you need a common core of basic journalistic skills and knowledge.

At the University of Hertfordshire, our journalism course focuses on writing news and feature articles, enabling you to build these skills.

Within the Mass Communications Programme, students can choose to combine their studies with related subjects (for example with Media Cultures) in order to achieve one of the following degrees:

Within the Humanities Programme, this subject can be combined with other subjects to form the following degrees:

Also within the Humanities Programme, this subject can be studied as a joint honour with the following subjects:

See other related Journalism courses.

What will I study?

Whether you want to write about politics, sport, fashion, music or the environment, you need to know what publications want – and how to write the news and features they need.

Our journalism course teaches you how to source and write your own stories in a variety of styles, using the English language effectively.

It also examines how to assess and deal with the legal and ethical obstacles that litter every journalist’s path.

Career opportunities

A journalist who can successfully write for a newspaper on a broad spectrum of topics in a wide range of styles has the foundation skills to succeed just about anywhere in the industry.

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See examples of our student’s work.

MA Journalism & Media Communications

About the course

The MA in Journalism & Media Communication aims to bridge theory and practice in a dynamic interplay as the programme works to develop a wide ranging portfolio of skills. Staff teaching on the modules will be drawing synergies between various Media subjects. There will also be a focus on current media practice and the technologies of convergence exploring the impact of digital environments on the communications industries.

The course aims to develop professional and academic skills in the area of Journalism and Media Communications. Therefore, the programme will explore how to make communication more effective in professional settings by looking at magazine journalism and its associated business models, internal and external corporate communications, the impact of technology on the communications industries, and developing an understanding of ethical responsibilities and current legislation for media professionals. To offer more flexibility and to allow particularly international students to explore journalism and media production on a global scale, we also offer a choice module ‘International Journalism Trends’, which gives students the opportunity to develop a deeper insight into the theoretical and cultural framework of media and journalism.

During the course you will develop the theoretical knowledge as well as the practical writing and technical skills necessary for operating effectively in a professional media environment. Employability is a key characteristic of the programme, so you are given choice of taking an optional work placement instead of a dissertation as your final project.

Why choose this course?

In the media industry we are witnessing the advent of a new paradigm. It is one that thrives on inter-disciplinary collaboration. In this new world, social media, public relations and magazine stories rub shoulders, complement and indeed, often deliberately, inspire each other. This calls for a new breed of communications professional – the ‘multi-skilled practitioner’. This new paradigm focuses on how best to create content and increasingly involves engaging audiences and media practitioners in dialogue. In this contemporary media environment social media, PR and magazine journalism are increasingly overlapping and this MA programme aims to address these synergies.

Entry requirements…

We require at least 2:2 (or equivalent) degree in Humanities or a Business subject. Graduates with an Honours Degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level Journalism and Media Communications will also be considered. International students should have an English Language assessment of IELTS 7, or equivalent as determined by the School of Humanities.

If your IELTS score is below 7 you can take one or more Pre-sessional English short courses to help you reach the required level. For more details visit: