From the moment you start the programme you’ll explore key concepts in journalism and build your journalistic skills. You’ll examine the role of journalism and its relationship with politics in particular, while learning how to spot a story and developing key investigative techniques, alongside writing skills for different news media. You’ll also be introduced to media and communication research.
In Year 2 core modules will focus on specialist aspects of TV, radio and digital news production, as well as introducing you to vital ethical issues in the field. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules focusing on topics that interest you, from PR to media policy and the role of technology in media and communications.
Across the first two years, you’ll produce your own news output for radio, television and digital outlets, learning the production techniques required to create live blogs, social media-based journalism, mobile video and Snapchat news stories. Between Years 2 and 3, you’ll spend three weeks gaining industry experience on a work placement where you’ll put your skills and knowledge into practice.
In your final year, you’ll move towards examining current affairs output. In addition, you’ll gain a vital grounding in media law and select from optional modules on topics such as war and the media or documentary journalism. You’ll also have the choice either to showcase your research skills with a dissertation, or to develop your own project portfolio – a chance to research and produce your own TV and radio documentaries on topics of your choice, discovering how to further develop your journalism for digital platforms. This could tackle a specialist area, such as sports or science journalism.
BA Journalism and Media
At the end of Year 1, you’ll have the option to broaden your studies by switching to BA Journalism and Media. This course involves less compulsory practical training in Years 2 and 3, giving you more scope to explore topics across the fields of media and communication. You could continue with some journalism practice while taking modules in digital media, film, photography and media studies, as well as other disciplines across the University.
In your final year, you’ll undertake an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice – although if you have chosen to take some practical modules you could also still complete a project portfolio.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Introduction to Media and Communication Research 20 credits
- Introduction to Journalism 20 credits
- Journalism, Politics and Society 20 credits
- Camera and Editing for Journalists 20 credits
- Journalism News Skills 20 credits
- The History of Communication 20 credits
- Introduction to Media and Communication Theory 20 credits
- (Broadcast) Journalism Ethics 20 credits
- Issues in Journalism 20 credits
- Journalism Practice A
- Journalism Practice B
- Technology in Communication and Media 20 credits
- Communication Skills 20 credits
- Digital Storytelling 20 credits
- Digital Cultures 20 credits
- Media Policy 20 credits
- Working in New Media 20 credits
- Communication Research Methods 20 credits
- Introduction to Public Relations 20 credits
- Live News Production 20 credits
- Media Law 20 credits
- Broadcast Journalism Placement 20 credits
- Communication Dissertation OR Broadcast Journalism Individual Project Portfolio 40 credits
- The Documentary and Reality 20 credits
- Feminism, Identity and Media 20 credits
- Statistics and Data for Journalists 20 credits
- The Reporting of Politics 20 credits
- TV Documentary Journalism 20 credits
- The Ethnography of Speaking 20 credits
- Mobile Media 20 credits
- Citizen Media 20 credits
- War and Media 20 credits
- Creative Work in the Cultural Industries 20 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Journalism BA in the course catalogue
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn under the guidance of professional broadcasters and world-renowned academics using a wide range of teaching and learning methods to give you the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills that you need. These will include practical classes as well as lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Newsdays are an important element of your practical training. You’ll work in teams, taking on different roles as part of a radio, TV or multimedia production team – you could be a roving reporter, editor, producer or another role. You’ll put together your own TV programme, radio broadcast or online page reporting real local events.
In addition, you’ll have a reading list for each module and independent study is a crucial part of the degree, allowing you to develop your own ideas and understanding. Your tutors are available during their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that arise.
We use a variety of assessment methods so you can demonstrate different skills. These will include practical production coursework, team presentations, group projects, essays and exams.