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Broadcast Journalism BA(Hons) 2016-17

This course also available for 2015-16 entry

At a glance

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Start date:
19 / 09 / 2016


3 years full-time

Places available:
20 (this number may be subject to change)

Course type:

Full Time

Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

Entry requirements

•  For A Level you will have a minimum of BBC or 280 UCAS tariff points.

•  For the BTEC Extended Diplomas you will have a minimum DMM.

•  For Access courses you will have a minimum of a Pass with a minimum 45 level 3 credits at Merit.


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About the course

We live in a world where news is instant, international and constantly updated. The way it is gathered and delivered has gone through enormous change in one generation, but its fundamentals remain the same. Journalists find the story, and they deliver it via the appropriate media, in the public interest. If you want to be part of that process, this course will help you achieve your goal. Together we explore all aspects of broadcast media, from writing basic scripts to directing TV documentaries and presenting radio shows.

Our facilities comprise a multi-million pound Journalism and Media Building equipped with the very latest industry-standard equipment.

You’ll be taught by professionals with extensive of experience in the industry and who are at the forefront of their fields – writers, broadcasters, academics and researchers – staff who work for the BBC, ITV and national newspapers and magazines.

We’ll make sure you’re well-equipped to track the fast-moving changes taking place in the media world by giving you all-round training in every aspect of journalism – when it comes to a good story, you’ll learn to find it, write it, record it and sell it.

The Broadcast Journalism course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Course content

The course has been developed in close consultation with the industry, and in recognition of the changing nature of the media, you'll be taught the fundamental skills applicable to television, radio and cross platform journalism. This culminates in the final year with full digital journalism days producing content for cross platform delivery, alongside practical projects and a case study based on engagement with the industry. The course is essentially practical, although it is underpinned with current theory about the influence of the media on society. You'll investigate the issues that surround broadcast genres, sociology and politics, media law and ethics.

See what current Journalism student Shauna has to say about her course.

Year 1

+ Broadcast Production

This practical module will introduce you to the variety of technologies and techniques that you will have the opportunity to employ throughout the three years of the course. There will be a term of television and a term of radio. You will have access to all elements of the resources available including the radio and television studios, portable recording equipment for capturing both video and audio, and the editing systems we use, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Audition. Coursework is portfolio-based and occurs throughout the academic year.

+ Journalism: Principles and Practice

This module offers you an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of journalism and the nature of journalistic practices. It will facilitate a critical awareness of essential journalistic skills, introducing you to the principles and practice of news and feature writing for a variety of platforms. A series of assignments will provide opportunities for you to develop and hone your music journalistic skills. In addition, you will be introduced to the relationship between the media and the law, and the range of legal provisions and ethical issues which affect journalistic practice. Through a series of in-class and in the field exercises, you will aim to develop skills in interviewing, reporting and writing. Assessment tasks will consist of portfolios of music related news, feature and review articles and a selection of online postings.

+ Broadcast Genres

In this module you will be made aware of the wide variety of radio and television genres which populate the schedules. This includes everything from sit-com through to arts broadcasting. In addition you will have the opportunity to examine some well-known academic theories and apply them to the genres which will enable you to appreciate the subtleties of techniques that can be used in broadcasting. Coursework is two essays – one in term one and the other in term two.

+ Politics, Society and Journalism

This module lays the theoretical foundations for the academic multi-disciplinary analysis of the mass media. You will have the opportunity to investigate the history of newspaper publishing since 1870, the development of British radio since the 1920s, television since the end of World War Two, and the Web since the 1980s. You will also aim to develop an understanding of the political processes at work in society – an essential skill for any journalist.
You will research and write two coursework essays and take an exam which tests your general knowledge of journalism, society and politics.

Year 2 Core modules:

+ (Digital) Radio Production

This module will aim to provide you with the knowledge that you need to understand the technical, legal and professional standards involved in digital radio production for Broadcast and Internet streaming. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop the practical skills needed for the provision of resources by taking part in a week-long assessed project, running a functioning online radio station.

+ Television Journalism

Television Journalism introduces you to the building blocks of TV news. You will have the opportunity to film underlays, upsounds and packages, which will then be used in the studio to create a typical half hour evening news show. As part of a crew, you will also have the chance to film and edit a ten-minute documentary on a subject of your choosing. We shoot on Panasonic P2s and edit on Avid. Assessment is practical and coursework.

+ Theories of Broadcast Management

You can’t work in Television or Radio these days without a thorough understanding of the rules, regulations and guidelines governing the production process. That’s where Theories of Broadcast Management comes in. This module covers important areas such as copyright, compliance, risk assessment, defamation, contempt and freedom of information. It also looks at television formats and you will have the opportunity to work with professional producers to create light entertainment shows. In the past this has resulted in several students each year working at the BBC in Manchester for a month. Assessment is by exam and coursework.

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+ Issues in Journalism

The module examines journalism as a key social institution and charts key theoretical and empirical issues. Students will learn about the sociological, cultural, political and economic aspects of journalism, subject its activities to analysis, examine key issues that dominate academic discourse and explore journalism in a global context.

The module will challenge students to identify and critique professional attitudes of journalists and the responsibility of journalism.

+ Digital Cultures

This module makes a detailed examination of the ways digital technologies impact on culture and identity. The module focuses on current ‘taken for granted’ consumption practices such as game and social media engagement and image capturing on phones, camcorders and closed circuit television. The module is assessed through coursework in the form of an extended, 4000 word essay on a topic you choose. Topics include work on identity construction through game engagement, ‘cyberspace’ and the impact of ‘simulations’, and social media and ‘participatory’ culture.

+ Contemporary Issues in Music

This is a cutting edge module, based, as the title suggests, around examining the latest key trends and issues in music. The first term looks at the big 'macro' themes, politics, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, technology. In the second term we look at a more diverse range of 'micro' themes based around notions of 'alternatives' 'outsiders' and 'illegality'. Themes examined in the second term include pirate radio, illegal raves and the free festival movement, bootlegs and file sharing, and aspects of fan culture. The module is assessed through two 2,000 word essays, one in each term.

+ History and Politics of the Press

Anyone who aspires to be a good journalist should ideally know about the history of journalism and the part it has played in the politics of the country. From the perspective of journalists and historians you will have the opportunity to learn about the history of newspapers from the beginnings in the English Civil War to the latest enquiries into 'hacking' and the future of journalism online. The module analyses the relationships between the press, politicians and governments, and the part played by key players such as 'spin doctors' and the increasing role of digital media. Assessment is through coursework and an exam.

+ Issues in Sport and the Media

This module looks at the contemporary themes that dominate modern day sports reporting and how print, online and broadcast media cover these issues. This is an academic-based module with group discussion and three distinct assessments: a 2,000 word essay, a 1,000 word feature article and a group presentation.

+ Media Sociology and Media Culture

This module looks at the media as an important part of the social framework of industrialised societies, and examines a range of sociological approaches to their study. The module will also look at the historical development of cultural analysis and relate its conceptual framework and details to media phenomena in general and to key media texts in particular. The module is assessed through coursework including written and spoken assignments and an exam. Topics include work on the place and role of the media in society, theories used to explain media effects, different forms of culture such as ‘high’, ‘folk’ and ‘mass’, the different ways in which social groups engage with culture, and the role of advertising in popular culture.

Final year Core modules:

+ The Multi-Platform Newsroom

This is a practical module which aims to develop high-quality Journalism across all platforms – television, radio, print and the web. It re-creates the environment of a busy newsroom with competing teams generating their own stories to see who can produce the best news and sports coverage. Assessment is by individual and group work including a class test on editorial principles, and the running of a newsroom over a week delivering regular TV and radio bulletins as well as web and print versions of the stories.

+ Media Policy, Regulation and Ethics

This module provides an essential insight into legal, regulatory and policy frameworks within which media organisations and media professionals operate. It addresses the principles of media law and looks at the regulatory structures for press, broadcasting, music and cinema. It examines the 'politics of policy' in the UK, USA and EU, and in the context of the power of transnational media corporations. It discusses and analyses examples of ethical problems in the media, and the philosophical ideas and themes underpinning them. Assessment involves coursework, role-plays and essays.

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+ Professional Case Study

The Media Professional Case Study (40 credit module) is an investigation of an aspect of the media and music industry which interests you. It is based on real industry engagement so you will either get the opportunity to acquire work experience in your chosen field, or you will interview a series of industry professionals about your chosen topic. You will be required to produce a portfolio of work demonstrating your achievements to potential employers, together with an 8,500 word submission. Assessment is practical and coursework.


+ Media Practical Project

In this 20 credit module we will help you find a client, and then you will create a media product for them. Maybe a magazine, or a series of newsletters. Perhaps you want to work for a newspaper and gather a collection of bylined articles, make a video, run a public relations campaign or put together a series of newsletters for a local or national organisation. Here’s where you have the opportunity to put all your knowledge and skills to the test.
Assessment: Coursework

Plus one from:

+ Media Case Study

This 20 credit module gives you the opportunity to investigate a significant contemporary issue in the media industry. You'll have the opportunity to examine the extent of academic research published into your chosen area, and combine this with interviews with professionals working in the industry. You'll have the chance to negotiate your research topic with your academic supervisor, and you will be encouraged to carry out original research and make contact with industry professionals in radio, television, newspapers and public relations as appropriate. You'll be assessed on the outcome of your 5,500 word academic essay based on your research.


+ Media Practical Project

This 20 credit module gives you the opportunity to investigate a significant contemporary issue in the media industry. You'll have the opportunity to examine the extent of academic research published into your chosen area, and combine this with interviews with professionals working in the industry. You'll have the chance to negotiate your research topic with your academic supervisor, and you will be encouraged to carry out original research and make contact with industry professionals in radio, television, newspapers and public relations as appropriate. You'll be assessed on the outcome of your 5,500 word academic essay based on your research.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


Our students have worked at the BBC, ITV and at many commercial radio stations and magazines, or have produced PR material for clients in the public and private sectors. Our degrees will give you a strong academic grounding, but we also help you to stand out from the crowd by giving you the opportunity to gain plenty of hands-on practical experience.

We have a wide range of work experience links, ranging from placements with more traditional broadcasters and newspapers to roles specialising in online and social media. More and more of our students are flourishing in public relations too, whether working for the busy multimedia teams of one of the region’s top football or rugby clubs, or making corporate videos for public and private sector clients.

See what current Journalism student Shauna has to say about her course.

Career opportunities

Our journalism graduates have gone on to work in journalism, broadcasting and social media at companies ranging from the BBC, ITV, The Times, Daily Mirror and Sky to local and national newspapers and magazines.Others have moved into careers in publishing, business, the public services, advertising and PR.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Broadcasting Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Teaching and assessment

You'll learn from professional journalists and academics in lectures, seminars, projects and group work offering you a variety of ways to learn and develop your skills and knowledge. Your progress is monitored by assessment of coursework, essays, study logs, examinations, individual and group projects, presentations, practical production, and a dissertation.


Our students use the latest industry-standard equipment and software that enables us to be ready for changes in the digital, HD environment. All the digital editing equipment is what is currently used at the BBC and independent TV and radio stations across the country.

You’ll study in a purpose-built building with facilities including an HD TV studio, the latest tapeless video cameras, 60 video editing suites equipped with AVID and five digital radio studios. Industry layout software InDesign is used to produce replica newspapers and magazines in print and online media.

How much will it cost me?

At the University of Huddersfield, we have worked hard to ensure that we set a fair fee for undergraduate students that offers fantastic value for money. The University of Huddersfield is debt free, meaning every penny you spend on your education is re-invested in you.

In 2014/15, the tuition fee for students at the University of Huddersfield will be £8,250*. Your tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance, please see Fees and finance.

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*At the time of publishing, the government had yet to confirm full details of fees/funding for 2014/15. The fee we charge in 2014/15 may be subject to change, as it is dependent on government fees/funding policy changes. In subsequent years it will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 22.1.13

If your course has a work placement element, where the placement is to be with children or vulnerable adults you will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, the cost of which is currently £44.

You may be required to pay up to £40 per year for travel on trips away from the University.

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Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information,visit our research pages.

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