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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • A strong focus on the convergence of old and new media, including social networkin
  • Develop as a critical thinker and master the art of how to communicate creatively
  • Learn from staff who have published books and articles on areas as diverse as digital technologies, social media and drugs education, and journalism and the financial crash.
  • Use the Work Placement module to gain experience in a news organisation, or in other environments relevant to your career aspirations
  • Access outstanding industry-standard facilities in our Multimedia Centre, including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, and a computerised radio studio

To give yourself a great chance of succeeding in the exciting and diverse world of the media, it’s wise to understand the fast-moving world you are joining. Studying Media, Communication and Journalism at Winchester gives you a deep grasp of how the global media works, but it also offers opportunities to develop professional skills and get valuable work experience. It primes you for successful careers in a variety of roles, such as in journalism, PR and media.

Studying Media, Communication and Journalism involves you in stimulating discussions about how the media represents race, gender, class, environmental challenges, politics and popular culture. You learn about journalism in the context of wider media and communication processes. Your tutors are at the top of their fields and have published books on everything from the financial crash to the portrayal of zombies in popular culture. 

Year 1 develops your core academic skills and understanding in the use of media. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge. Courses include Media in the Twentieth-first Century and Manipulating Media.

In Year 2, you take two core theory and research modules such as Analysing Journalism and Exploring Media Theory. You also take specialist modules exploring feature writing and current issues in journalism, as well as choosing from a range of optional modules, such as Social Media, Community Media, and Podcasting. You use the Work Placement module to gain experience in newsrooms, freelancing, or in other relevant industries

In the final year, you take a module in documentary and photojournalism and a module designed to provide preparation for working in magazine journalism. For the Extended Independent Study, you can produce a portfolio of articles, or undertake a conventional dissertation on any aspect of media, communications or journalism. Optional modules include Politics and the Media, and News Media War and Conflict

Studying Media, Communication and Journalism at Winchester is an excellent preparation for a successful career in the media. Our dynamic course content ensures you have the critical skills, such as intellectual curiosity, effective communication and research proficiency, cultural awareness and an understanding of moral and ethical values, vital to succeed in the modern workplace.

Our graduates work within TV, radio, press and digital journalism, media management, social media, public relations, fashion and advertising. The programme also fosters a key set of flexible skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication work, HR, business, education, management, and public service.

Careers

Graduates work within journalism, media management, social media, public relations, fashion and advertising. The programme also fosters a key set of flexible skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication work, HR business, education, management and public service.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students have the opportunity to undertake work placements to gain work experience.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Journalism course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Student learning is based upon a mix of highly innovative teaching strategies which include working to real life project briefs in teams and traditional approaches based around lectures and seminars. There is a strong focus on the convergence of old and new media including social networking.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus (Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 78% coursework
  • 16% written exams
  • 6% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 80% coursework
  • 7% written exams
  • 13% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 13% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Optional Modules
  • Image 1 and 2
  • Media Skills 1 and 2
  • Reading Film
  • Film History
Manipulating Media
Media in the Twenty-first Century
Key Concepts in Media and Communication

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Methodologies in Media Research

 

Optional Modules
  • Undertaking Media Research
  • Volunteering
  • Community Media
  • Advertising and Branding
  • Games Cultures
  • Media Campaign Management
  • Media and the Making of the Modern World
  • Social Media
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Copywriting
  • Graduate Careers and Journalism
  • Podcasting: Theory and Practice
  • Playtime: Gamification and Making Work Fun

 

Feature Writing
Analysing Journalism
Work Placement
Exploring Media Theory

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Working in Magazine Journalism
Optional Modules
  • Television Drama in Context
  • Consuming and Regulating Media
  • Crime Media Culture
  • Culture Jamming
  • Drugs Media Culture
  • Fantasy, Desire and Sexuality
  • The Male Body
  • Media and Education
  • Media Solutions
  • Media Spectacles
  • News Media War and Conflict
  • Politics and the Media
  • Contemporary Culture: Cyberculture
  • Popular Music Culture and Politics
  • The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Audio Cultures
  • Contemporary Culture: Post-modern Culture
  • Radio and Development
  • Social Media Advertising and Branding

 

Documentary and Photojournalism
Extended Independent Study

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Field trips: Module leaders may choose to take students on short field trips. Student would be expected to cover the cost of travel to the field trip location. Maximum cost £30.

Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost approximately £80 per academic year.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
P304
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester