Liberal Studies (Journalism)

BA (Hons)

Programme details

  • Next start date: 23 Sep 2019
  • Future start date: 20 Jan 2020
  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Fee: September 2019: £17,500, January 2020: £17,750
  • UCAS code: 224P
  • Study abroad: Optional

This programme is modelled on the traditional US liberal arts degree. You will major in one subject area, but will also have the opportunity to study a variety of other topics. This flexible structure gives you the freedom to tailor your education to reflect both your personal and professional interests.

The specialist knowledge and broad-ranging skills you will develop on this programme will prepare you for a career in almost any professional environment.

The types of skills you will gain include:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Social responsibility

The BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Journalism) programme combines theory with practice, providing you with the interdisciplinary skills to work in today’s multi-platform, globalised, 24/7 media world. You will critically examine the role of journalism and its practice in contemporary society. You will also gain hands-on experience in a newsroom environment, enabling you to develop your reporting and production skills.

You will also take a selection of elective modules across the Liberal Studies curriculum ranging from art history to international relations, psychology to theatre studies. These modules enable you to diversify your education and develop the broad-based skills valuable to any profession.

In your second year, you will also have the option to spend a term abroad at one of our partner universities. This provides the unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics from another cultural perspective.

This programme will develop you into a multi-skilled, media-savvy journalist who is able to adapt their reporting style to reflect the latest trends and digital platforms.

 

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Programme brochure

This is a three-year, full-time programme, in which you will combine your Journalism major with a selection of subjects that reflect your interests.

You will be required to combine your specialist modules with five elective modules in other subjects in Years 1 and 2, and three in Year 3.

You can see the full list of elective modules here.

Study abroad

In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in a term spent studying abroad. This provides you with a unique opportunity to explore a diverse range of topics offered by other institutions and gain international experience. This term takes place in Year 2 and replaces the second term of your Regent's degree. For more information see the study abroad page.

Year 1 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Introduction to Media Production The module will allow students from a broad range of disciplines to gain a level of Media Production literacy. It will combine both theory and practical experience in: planning, preproduction, video & audio recording and post-production. The module should be viewed as both an introduction to the more technical aspects of media production as well as grounding for further production related courses within the school. Core module for Journalism majors.
Media Analysis and Literacy The purpose of this module is to introduce students to theories of media analysis. The module will investigate media literacy in multi-platform journalism, film and television studies, news and political communications, the internet and gaming. Theoretical foundations will include approaches like semiotic analysis, behavioural development models, mass communications models (such as the work of Marshall McLuhan) and specific philosophical perspectives (such as rhetoric studies). Students will learn the context of each theory and will learn to apply these theories to analyse existing media texts. In addition, students are expected to develop their own theoretically informed information campaigns, demonstrating understanding media analysis techniques and theories. Core module for Journalism majors.
Journalism Practice 1 This module offers students the opportunity to understand the practice and craft of journalism and the job of the journalist. Students will study media coverage from the point of view of news values and readership, and see how this influences media tone and reflects bias. Students will learn the styles and techniques of basic journalistic writing, from news writing, to interviewing and feature writing. Students will be guided on structure, sourcing and attribution, ethics and legal considerations in their story coverage and writing. The module will help students to differentiate between writing and reporting in different formats including print, web and broadcast. They will become familiar with the essential elements within reporting, such as using statistics and data, covering live events and generating story ideas. Core module for Journalism majors.
Digital Photography This module covers the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The module will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and colour. Technological requirements of digital formats will be discussed, such as formats and resolution. Students will learn basic digital manipulation of images in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images. Students will produce photographs in response to seminars looking at the work of notable photographers, and give an oral presentation about the work of a photographer of their choice. Core module for Journalism majors.
Journalism in Society This module introduces students to core concepts and theories outlining the role, purpose and functions of journalism within society. These theories draw from core principles relating to the freedom of information such as liberty of the press and freedom of speech. This module examines the early history of journalism including the revolutionary history of the printing press, yellow journalism and penny dreadfuls, followed by the growth of media ownership from 18th to 21st Century press barons. Students are expected to understand the close relationship between journalism, politics and democracy by bridging theoretical foundations with case studies mapping the history and development of journalism in society. Current research and practice around media work and practice in news production informs analysis of changing journalistic practice and its social impact. Contemporary case studies illustrate the tensions prevalent in theoretical foundations, rapid developments in the field and emerging issues and debates related to journalism. Core module for Journalism majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 2 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Media Research Methods This module introduces core research methods in media and communications, including research design, qualitative and quantitative methodologies and the logic informing particular research traditions and practices. Students are expected to become familiar with a wide range of research methods and current debates related to particular approaches. Based on applied exercises, students will broadly understand research principles and techniques and will be expected to develop expertise in selective quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as research design. This module aims to provide students with essential practical and theoretical skills so that they are able to develop and conduct accurate, original and high quality media and communications research. Core module for Journalism majors.
Interactive Media This module offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of practical elements of new media, with a particular focus on online platforms. Through the study of changes in the media landscape, students will learn about elements of interactivity, how society has changed with the introduction of new media and how online platforms and journalism and media roles have changed over time. Students will also learn about key theoretical models relating to digital engagement and their relevance in practical terms to working within a modern media environment. Core module for Journalism majors.
Photojournalism This module is designed to introduce students to practical and theoretical aspects of photojournalism. The module will develop the student’s skills and knowledge via taught techniques, practical assignments and class discussion.

Ultimately the module will develop the student’s understanding of visual language and photographic representation in the context of shooting stories. The module will develop and build upon the student’s digital camera skills and introduce them to picture editing and the production of captions and keywords. Core module for Journalism majors.
Journalism Practice 2 This module advances knowledge and understanding in the practice and craft of journalism and the job of the journalist. From understanding news values and readership in Journalism Practice 1, students will now begin to consider them in their own writing. The module provides the opportunity for students to develop proficiency in more complex styles of writing and to write for a particular brief or beat. It requires students to gather information from a variety of sources and to carry out more in-depth reporting on a particular topic. Students will begin to conceptualize stories, and follow up the necessary routes of research and sources to fulfil them, within deadline constraints. Students will gain understanding and experience of the requirements and value of using different platforms for their stories. Core module for Journalism majors.
Media and Ethics This module introduces the descriptive and normative philosophy of ethics to students in relation to media including journalism, photography, film, video, digital and social media, public relations, and advertising. This module focuses on current and influential cases where difficult ethical decisions must be made based on professional, social and legal standards. Students evaluate the logic and ethical reasoning informing media professionals within rapidly changing industries. Based on a mix of practical review of specific cases and ethical theory, students learn to analyse core ethical issues and consequences in contemporary media practices. This module prepares students for understanding and practicing applied ethics in professional and applied media contexts. Core module for Journalism majors.
Five elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

Year 3 (Core Modules)

Module Title Overview
Broadcast Reporting This module is designed to introduce the principles of video storytelling and to give students experience in reporting news and features using cameras for broadcast platforms. It involves shooting video, editing, reporting and writing for broadcast. The focus is on producing stories that have the same qualities of good journalism in a print medium. These include using solid research and reporting, good structure and engaging storytelling. Students will learn the principles of communicating effectively in a visual medium by using examples from broadcast media and looking at the theory behind the visual medium. They will benefit from seeing the work of visiting professionals in the broadcast news media. Core module for Journalism majors.
Media and the Law This module aims to offer participants a thorough grounding in various legal disciplines that underpin Media Law. It focuses on the ways relevant legal provisions apply to traditional media and explores how the law has struggled to respond to the growth of 24/7 news and the new world of social media. Ample emphasis is placed on seminal cases and cutting edge issues, as the law cannot be divorced from media practice. Core module for Journalism majors.
Editorial Photography This module is designed to introduce students to theoretical and practical aspects of editorial photography practice (photojournalism, documentary, news, fashion). Through classroom work and practical exercises, the student will gain understanding of visual language and photographic representation in the context of editorial photography. Core module for Journalism majors.
Publication and Design This module introduces students to the process of producing and designing a publication. It draws upon and refines students’ skills in reporting and photography from previous modules and combines them with new skills taught in design and editing. After thoroughly analysing the core theories of production design and elements of existing publications, students will design and create a timely and attractive journalistic product for the Regent’s University community. With tutor guidance, students will assume the editorial and production roles needed to design and produce this group publication. The module will develop proficiency in combining skills, including: generating ideas, reporting and writing skills, editorial design and layout, photo editing and working in groups to deadlines. Core module for Journalism majors.
Major Capstone (Dissertation) The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.

Three elective modules You will select a number of elective modules from subjects that fall outside the remit of your major. These include: Art History, Business & Management, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Media & Communications, Political Science, Psychology and Public Relations.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1: Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application. These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university certificates)
  • One academic letter of recommendation
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Credit Transfer

  • If you’ve already studied part of a degree course elsewhere, you may be able apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and join the programme at an advanced entry point. If you’d like to request entry part-way through a programme, make sure you state this clearly in your statement of purpose and provide us with the transcripts and module descriptions for the relevant study.

 Step 2: Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system.

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview or audition. Interviews/auditions can take the form of a one-to-one interview, group interview or portfolio review which may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 3: Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place.

Please note: There is no formal deadline to pay your advance tuition fee deposit, however we recommend that you confirm your place as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4: After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term, the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

Undergraduate Scholarships

Students with three B grades at A-level (or equivalent qualification), and progressing Regent's foundation students who achieve a minimum 70% average across all modules will receive a £1,500 scholarship for each year of their degree programme.

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Bursaries

As part of our public benefit commitment, we aim to ensure that students are not deterred from applying to Regent’s University London because of financial difficulties. Each year we offer a number of means-tested University bursaries for full-time study on undergraduate programmes.

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Undergraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018/19

Funding for UK, and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker.

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship

Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice-Chancellor of Regent’s University London, wishes to recognise and reward three students each year who demonstrate particular commitment to upholding the University’s values and the ability to play an ambassadorial role for the University during their studies. 

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Future Finance loans

Alternative loan funding* for students studying at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Norway

Loans and grants for Norwegian students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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State-Sponsored Funding for Students from Sweden

Loans and grants for Swedish students studying for undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Regent's University London.

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The Dean of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Excellence Scholarship

The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences has established three scholarships that celebrate the University’s independent, cosmopolitan and enterprising spirit. 

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Regent’s Family Reward

Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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The Filippo Corsini Polo Scholarship, in association with the International Federation of Polo

The University awards two polo scholarships each year to students who show both the polo skills and the leadership acumen to help the Regent’s polo team's development. The scholarship is named in memory of Regent’s student Prince Filippo Corsini, an accomplished equestrian and showjumper.

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US Financial Aid

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

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Annual Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £17,500

Starting January 2020: £17,750

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000

Non-EU students: £4,000

Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. Fees are presented for the first level of study which equates to two terms.

What other costs should I budget for?

Fees cover the cost of tuition. You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 per year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching

Teaching takes place in small classes of 20 people or less, in order to allow a more individual approach to learning.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you to build a bespoke programme that reflects your passions, or your preferred future career.

Academics will use a variety of approaches to help you learn and get the most out of your degree. The teaching methods include seminars, study groups, role plays, tutorials and external guest speakers. You will learn through analysis, discussion and debate, practical work, problem-solving, presentations, portfolio building, research projects and team work, all of which are designed to help you develop key skills of independent critical thinking and confidence in decision-making.

Teaching staff

All classes on our Liberal Studies programme are taught by experts in their respective disciplines. The Head of Programme is Professor Lawrence Phillips, who holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Leeds, an MA in English Literature from the University of Sussex, and a PhD in English from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Northampton, Liverpool Hope University and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

Contact hours and expected workload

Contact hours in Year 1 and Year 2 are 15 hours per week. In Year 3, students receive around 12-13 hours per week on average per term, as the capstone project is a supervised module, rather than a classroom-based one.

You will receive a minimum of 10 hours one-on-one time with a supervisor to agree the scope and direction of your capstone project. We also offer research skills lectures and drop-in sessions.

Assessment

Students are assessed through a mix of presentations, journals, essays and exams. Assessment is both practical and theoretical and is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge and skills to adapt to a variety of professional environments.

In Year 3, you will also be asked to complete a liberal studies capstone project. The project will reflect what you have learned in your major, but also the knowledge you have gathered from your elective subjects.

This could be:

  • An essay or dissertation
  • A practical project
  • A report
  • A creative work, plus reflection
  • A portfolio of work , plus reflection
  • Another format (subject to supervisor approval)

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. 

Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding A levels at grades BCC. 

We will also assess your application for proficiency in Mathematics, asking for a GCSE in this subject at grade A-C / 9-4 (or the international equivalent).

We receive applications each year from over 170 countries and are happy to assess all international qualifications. For example, if you are studying the International Baccalaureate, we would make an offer based on your successful completion of the IB Diploma; if you are studying an American High School Diploma, we would make an offer based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 plus three APs at grades 4, 3, 3.

English Language requirements

English is our language of instruction and we require proof of your English proficiency. 

You can demonstrate your English proficiency with:

•    IELTS: Overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.5 in any of the four components

•    PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component

•    TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80. (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)

•    A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: Grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)

•    International Baccalaureate: Grade 4 or above in English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive. We will review the English qualifications you submit as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.
For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders able to visit us in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected] Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London applicants only.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

As a Regent’s student you will take an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module in your first semester in order to support the development of your academic work in English.

Please note that students who achieve an IELTS 6.5, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component, or an equivalent result, are exempt from taking the EAP module and have an additional academic module.

Students entering with Recognition of Prior Learning

If you are joining your programme at an advanced entry point, we require IELTS 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing, with no score below 5.5 in any other components.
 

 

Journalism comes in a wide variety of forms from digital media, videography, broadcast and print. It is also a profession that enables you to explore your passions and specialise in topics such as politics, sport, fashion and entertainment.

This interdisciplinary programme provides the foundation for a wide variety of careers across the media and communications sectors. Potential career pathways include:

  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • Social media
  • Traditional journalism

Liberal studies graduates are suited to a broader range of career options, including:

  • Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Politics

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BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Journalism)

BA (Hons) Liberal Studies (Journalism) with Foundation Entry