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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • BBC - UTV
  • Local Radio
  • Media organisations
  • Newspapers

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Journalist
  • Media management
  • Public Relations
  • Reporter
  • Researcher

Overview

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Journalism theory and practice: news-gathering, reporting, writing and editing for television, radio, print and online in a changing media landscape.

Summary

Study Journalism with History at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Journalism is part of the combined campus subject programme at Ulster Coleraine. It is the only university degree programme in the subject in Northern Ireland and offers students the opportunity to study the theory and practice of journalism in context with determining factors such as law, economics, politics and technology. It is not a professional training programme but delivers a range of relevant practical and professional skills (with the exception of short-hand).

As a major subject programme (four modules per full-time year), Journalism at Ulster is combined with another, minor subject in the Arts (two modules per full-time year) to make up a full degree programme. There is a range of subjects to choose from as your minor (Education, English and History).

History as a minor supplements your major subject by enabling you to progress from a broad awareness into a more critically-informed appreciation of the past. History as a minor allows you to study a range of periods and geographies and enables you to critically assess relevant sources.

In each of the three years of study students take modules to the value of 120 credit points. By taking History as a minor you will develop a critically-informed knowledge of the history of a variety of time periods, themes and geographies. You will develop a critical awareness of historians’ arguments and an ability to construct you own arguments based on the informed use of sources, both primary and secondary.

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About this course

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About

Structure and content

The programme is organized into modules, or units of study, worth 20 credits each. In full-time mode, you will take six modules per year over three years. In part-time mode, you will take no less than two modules per year and no more than four modules per year over a maximum of six years.

In either full-time or part-time mode, you will take 18 modules amounting to a total 360 credits.

In Year 1, you will take modules that give you a good basic grounding in the academic study of the media and in practical journalism skills that you will need to underpin your more advanced modules in Years Two and Three. At this level you will take modules that introduce you to critical issues in journalism (history, sociology, economics and technology), journalism law and regulation, and journalism practice (newsgathering, report writing, sub-editing, newspaper design and production and broadcast journalism techniques).

Your commitment in time and effort will be intensive and demanding, much more so than those subjects that have no practice component. As well as on-campus activities, you will also learn about reporting from the local court and council offices. During your second year, you will be helped to obtain a placement with a local newspaper or other news based outlet.

Programme

The programme uses a range of teaching methods including lectures, small group seminars and practical workshops. These are delivered and supervised by experienced teaching staff, including former journalists and conducted in state-of-the art newsrooms and high definition TV and radio studios.

You will have access to a wide range of learning resources, including professional standard production and design software such as Adobe InDesign, and digital sound and video software.

The programme assesses your work using a variety of different assessment methods including traditional academic essays, critical book reviews, examinations, class-tests and practical journalism assignments in reporting and writing.

Attendance

Attendance

200 hours per module per semester as follows:
36 contact hours per module per semester.
164 independent study hours per module per semester.

FAQ:

How many hours per week will I attend as journalism student at Ulster?

All full-time degree programmes in the Faculty of Arts require a minimum three hours contact time (e.g. lectures and seminars) per module. However, programmes with a practice component, such as Journalism, will demand, by their very nature, additional contact hours for attendance on practical workshops and may require occasional assignments off campus, e.g. to local court or council. In addition to attendance at teaching sessions, the programme will require up to 20 hours per module per semester of independent learning and study (e.g. library research and coursework preparation). In that light, the attendance requirement in part-time mode depends on how many modules taken per semester (one or two).

Start dates

  • September 2017
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBC∆ at A2.

∆ = Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the A level C grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

BTEC

BTECNational Extended Diploma

Overall BTEC National Extended Diploma profile requires a minimum of:

DMM award profile to include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units

BTEC National Diploma

The National Diploma may be accepted in combination with other qualifications. Where an applicant offers a profile of Diploma and an A level then the Diploma should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if one A level is offered with a Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for a BB equivalent at Diploma and the A level at grade C, see further below).

BB = Distinction, Merit (To include 6 distinctions)

BC = Distinction, Merit (To include 5 distinctions)

BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA/NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE

The Subsidiary Diploma/National Extended Certificate may be accepted in combination with A levels. Where A levels are offered as part of a profile then they should be achieved at the upper end of the standard A level offer profile (i.e. if two A levels are offered with a Subsidiary Diploma and our standard A level offer is BBC then we normally ask for BB at A level with the Subsidiary Diploma offer at the appropriate differential to satisfy the A level grade profile (grade C) - see further below).

A* grade = Distinction* (To include 5 distinctions in level 3 units)

A grade = Distinction (To include 4 distinctions in level 3 units)

B grade = Distinction (To include 3 distinctions in level 3 units)

C grade = Merit (To include 5 merits in level 3 units)

D grade = Merit (to include 4 merits in level 3 units)

∆ = Diploma and Sub-Dip applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Irish Leaving Certificate

The Irish Leaving Certificate requirement for this course is grades

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4 at higher level.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is grades

BBCCC∆.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is grades

CCD∆.

∆ = applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of

25 points to include 12 at higher level.

Access to Higher Education (HE)

For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is:

An overall mark of 65%

For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows:

Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits.

GCSE

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

HND

Applicants holding a HND should achieve an overall merit for entry to Year 1. Those applicants holding a subject-related HND with an overall merit may be considered for entry to Year 2

HNC

Applicants holding a HNC should achieve an overall distinction for entry to Year 1 only.

Foundation Degree

Applicants holding a Foundation Degree should achieve an overall mark of 50% in level 5 modules for Year 1 entry. Those applicants holding a subject-related Foundation Degree may be considered for entry to Year 2.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning)

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications.

Transfer from degree level study at other institutions

Those applicants seeking entry with advanced standing, (eg. Transfer from another institution or year 2 entry) will be considered on an individual basis.

Teaching and learning assessment

Assessment will be by way of a mixture of formal examination, essay, class test, coursework, individual/group projects and assessment of practice projects, dependent on the nature and rationale of the module concerned.

Exemptions and transferability

Due to the structure of the course it is not possible to transfer directly into second year from other Foundation Degree courses.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • BBC - UTV
  • Local Radio
  • Media organisations
  • Newspapers

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Journalist
  • Media management
  • Public Relations
  • Reporter
  • Researcher

Career options

While a degree in Journalism at Ulster does not lead directly to a professional qualification in journalism, it will prepare you for application to higher degree and professional courses.
In common with all other undergraduate Arts degree programmes, journalism offers you very real opportunities for personal growth and self-development.

Where these opportunities are taken with enthusiasm and determination, you will undoubtedly enhance your long-term employability and the skills developed while studying journalism will be valued by a wide range of employers.

The BA Hons Journalism programme is not accredited by the journalism industries (Ulster’s accredited programme is at Masters level, MA Journalism).

For information on postgraduate research opportunities see: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/rgs.

Students completing a course with History as a minor subject are well equipped to undertake postgraduate work in relevant areas of study. They are also well equipped for employment in a wide variety of careers where priority is placed on communication skills and skills of analysis. These careers include journalism and the media, the creative arts and arts administration, marketing and the public service.

Work placement / study abroad

There is a formal work placement in second year and an option to study abroad within the course structure.

Students may also consider taking part in the Erasmus Exchange programme, to European Universities, usually for one semester in second year.

Students may take part in the exchange programme with universities in the USA. This would generally be a year long exchange and attracts an additional university academic award on graduation.

Exchanges with universitiies in other countries may also be possible, arranged through the International Office at the university.

Academic profile

Dr Colm Murphy, research in Journalism and the Digital Economy, Director NCTJ, former journalist at the Irish Times

Ms Maggie Swarbrick, Teaching Fellow, former trainer and journalist at BBC, examiner NCTJ

Mr Milne Rowntree, Teaching Fellow, former print and online journalist, examiner NCTJ

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2017

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Northern Ireland & EU:
£4,030.00
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00
International:
£12,890.00 - Please note that International tuition fees shown are for last year's entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Brum Henderson Award for best Journalism Project.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

School of Media, Film and Journalism

T: +44 (0)28 7012 4196

For further information please contact Sally Quinn:

E: s.quinn@ulster.ac.uk

For application queries please email arts@ulster.ac.uk .