• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

About

Key facts of the Journalism with Foundation Year (Hons) programme offered by the University of Derby:

  • If you have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to the Honours degree programme, you can choose to start at Foundation Year stage
  • Gain substantial practical experience of researching and producing powerful print, audio, video and online stories
  • Get to grips with the latest techniques and technologies which are transforming journalism in an era of digital news
  • Enjoy work placements with media organisations in the UK or overseas
  • Hone your skills in our outstanding facilities which include TV and radio studios as well as a fully equipped newsroom
  • Take the chance to specialise in a journalistic genre of your choice – from film to fashion, sport to crime, science to politics
  • Prepare for a rewarding career in journalism, online or broadcast media production, PR, advertising, corporate communications, law, public administration or politics
  • Spend time studying abroad in America or Europe

You'll gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law, ethics and public administration. At the same time, you’ll develop a multi-platform mindset - producing print, radio and TV reports as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and external devices.

As part of your course, you’ll gain practical work experience with a media organisation, in the UK or overseas. All our students are expected to have completed at least 15 days of work placement by the time they graduate.

Drawing on the strong partnerships with local and national media, you can choose a range of work-based modules to expand your professional know-how and boost your CV. We also encourage you to work with charities and arts organisations to gain an insight into why media matters so much. In addition, you can work for various print, radio and online news outlets at the University, which is itself a rich source of news, debate and topical comment.

Careers

This course develops the broad range of knowledge and skills you need to become a multimedia professional, adept in the production of content for print, online and broadcast outlets. Our graduates have gone on to work for magazines and local newspapers; BBC, commercial and community radio; and BBC and commercial TV. Others have set up their own digital businesses or worked for online agencies.

You’ll be prepared not only for a career in journalism, online or broadcast media production but also for roles in PR, advertising, corporate communications, law and public administration or politics. The research and communication skills of a journalist are highly transferable to a huge variety of graduate level jobs.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Study skills
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Introduction to Journalism‌
  • Reporting Reality‌ (History of Journalism)
  • Photojournalism
  • Introduction Audio and Video Journalism
  • Multimedia Practice Professional Development in Journalism
  • Professional Development in Journalism‌
  • Audio Journalism
  • Video Journalism
  • Law, Regulation, and Ethics, for Journalists
  • Work-based learning in Journalism 
  • Specialist Online Journalism 
  • Media, Culture and Power - European Cultural Studies 
  • Media Research Project
  • Multimedia Journalism 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Typical entry requirements:
  • UCAS points - 72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
  • Interview
Alternative entry qualifications:
  • BTEC - MPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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