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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Join a hands-on journalism course where you benefit from the technical knowledge and experience of one of the most progressive teaching teams in the country

  • Study different musical genres and experience everything from writing for print publications to making absorbing videos, plus live radio shows, podcasts and social media platforms

  • Access outstanding industry-standard facilities in our Multimedia Centre, including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, and a computerised radio studio

  • Gain valuable experience and boost your employment opportunities on excellent industry placements, which have included the BBC, ITV and Sky in recent years

  • Broaden your horizons and explore opportunities to study abroad in the USA and Japan

Would you like to combine your passion for words and music on one degree course?
In recent years the University of Winchester has built a strong reputation for its journalism. Music Journalism is an exciting branch of this field that reports on the music world and where it pays to back-up sound technical knowledge of how to produce a compelling audio package with professional connections.

On our Music Journalism programme you will follow the live production model that has been so successful in the BA Journalism programme. You will take on the role of music reporter and producer for Winchester News Online (Winol), devising and delivering stories and audio content for multiple platforms.

Whether you are writing feature profiles of musicians, critically assessing the latest album releases or producing music for your own podcast you will learn how to breathe life into your work. You will develop your knowledge of social media, video and digital journalism and understand best practice in the current media landscape. You may even find yourself trying to grab an interview backstage with your favourite band.

You will be in good company. Our teaching team of filmmakers, journalists, editors, producers, feature writers and cameramen has extensive professional experience in this area. This in-depth subject knowledge will complement the practical skills you gain from the more hands-on modules.

The three-year programme includes a fascinating range of core modules from Digital Music Reporting to Longform Journalism and Media Law.

In Year 1, you will develop basic research, interviewing, reporting and writing skills and an appreciation of music journalism as both a profession and an academic discipline. There are TV and Radio Production and Presentation modules. In Radio Production and Podcasting you gain an introduction to the logistics, practices and pressures associated with traditional radio production and newer exclusively digital standards. You will also have a chance to plan, rehearse and record either a pre-recorded podcast or a live radio show.

In Year 2, you study different approaches to music journalism and its history and context as an academic discipline. You develop your digital reporting skills, critical self-awareness and work on a Live Events module. A Music Video module enables you to reflect upon existing music videos and the extent to which they are successful in their production.

Work in Year 3 will have a detailed and sophisticated understanding of a range of approaches to music journalism. As part of your final year you explore the craft of telling stories that really make the audience care, in a module entitled Claiming the Truth – Documentary Films. In addition there is a Media Law Update and a Major Project focusing on an area of special interest. This is carried out under the guidance of a supervisor and can take the form of a documentary, a website, podcast or series of articles. It also includes a work placement which gives you the chance to put your skills into practice.
You graduate equipped with the practical and theoretical tools you need to succeed in the dynamic world of music journalism. What’s more, your work will speak for itself, providing you with a portfolio to help open doors within the industry.

Graduates enter roles within video journalism, MoJo (mobile journalism), data journalism, online journalism, social media journalism, features journalism, podcasting, commentating and presenting. They go on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including BBC, ITV, Sky, The Guardian and NME.

Careers

Graduates enter roles within Music Journalism: VJ (Video Journalism), MoJo (Mobile Journalism), Data Journalism, Online Journalism, Social Media Journalism, Feature Journalism, Podcasting, Commentating, Presenting.

94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

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 are given support to help secure work placements during study. Every student is required to complete 15 days of placement during Year 3.

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: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours
  • Placement: 120 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The approach to this journalism course is based around the creation of a simulated real-life working news and sports production operation. The course uses all the technology of the social media age. This approach, together with very low staff-student ratios enables us to tailor the course to the individual needs and ambitions of particular students.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Assessments

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)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 0% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 94% coursework
  • 0% written exams
  • 6% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 0% 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

2020 Entry: 104-120 points
2021 Entry: 104-120 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 (including 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

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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

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Journalism 30

This module provides an introduction to the media industries and the role of journalism in providing valuable commercial content for these businesses. At the same time it allows the student to amass certain preparatory skills and familiarity with media production systems and equipment. There are two main objectives for this module: for students to produce a short feature based on a journalistic organisation; and secondly to master the basics of news writing.

Media Law 15

The media law module covers the basic curriculum of practical legal knowledge required by professional journalists. Topics covered include libel, contempt of court, copyright, and privacy. The module also covers the regulatory framework in which UK journalism, emphasising practical application through field trips to courts and the local authorities.

Radio Production & Podcasting 15

You will utilise your knowledge of audio production methods in both a pre-recorded output and a live radio show. The pre-recorded audio package will be produced individually within the specialised workflows of documentary and is expected to be devised with digital distribution in mind.

In the small groups, you will be tasked with planning, rehearsing and recording a live radio show at a set time and date. You will have the opportunity to train in the radio studio prior to assessment, gaining the necessary skills to deliver a successful show. With guidance from tutors and technicians, this module will provide students with an introduction to the logistics, practices and pressures associated with traditional radio production and newer exclusively digital standards.

Radio Production and Presentation 15

This module builds on the introductory module in semester one and moves on to establish a routine of weekly news reporting resulting as solo audio packages mixing reportage and script reading with interviews and other gathered sound material.

TV Production and Presentation 15

This module builds on the introductory module in semester one and moves to the student completing a solo video package mixing reportage and script reading with interviews and other material. Work will be assessed according to legal and ethical frameworks and recognised industry best practice.

Longform Journalism 30

This module will provide an overview of longform journalism as it relates to a number of different types of publications, primarily: newspapers, magazines and other periodicals (both in print and online). It will cover the different types of feature - providing students with an understanding of the differing approaches to structure, language and style as well as the relationship between those types and a range of publications. The module will also look at the importance of social media and how it has transformed journalism. It will consider the use of the various social media platforms as newsgathering tools and as ways of promoting stories. It will also consider how social media competes with the conventional media.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Digital Reporting (1) 45

Students work within a variety of specified roles generating content as reporters and feature writers/producers to produce a weekly live online publication – Winchester News Online. They work under the general supervision of third year students who perform a variety of executive and management roles on the same project. The online journal is updated weekly (and daily within specified periods) and so the students work in ‘shifts’ around the week, enabling them to carry on with the rest of their studies constituting the degree programme. 

Music Video 15

This module focuses on the convergent media form of music video which combines music and sound with visuals that are often creative, abstract, stylised and experimental. The core of music video is having an achievable idea that will complement and promote a musical artist’s work.  Concepts of viral marketing will be explored and the delivery mechanisms discussed will be understood to exist in the online domain. However, the historical nature of music video television will also be analysed to provide a cultural and industry context.

Digital Reporting (2) 45

Following on from Digital Reporting (1), work on the project is designed to integrate, consolidate and advance all previous learning in practical modules.

Live Events 15

This module requires students to utilise the skills they have gained and apply them to a live sound environment to run a live event safely and competently. This is more likely to happen ‘off site’ and plans but be made by students to facilitate the installation or management of an effective sound system that is appropriate for the event. The presence of other professionals (i.e. lighting engineers, SMs, etc), performers and the public add considerable risk and must be adequately prepared for. Hence there is a major emphasis on planning, risk assessment and health and safety. Students must produce a logical and realistic portfolio that includes control measures, technical specification and all additional pertinent pre-production documentation.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Digital Reporting (3) 30

Students work within a variety of specified roles directing and editing the production of content to publish a weekly live online publication – Winchester News Online. The pattern of work is similar to work on the live production during year two of the course, but in this phase students are required to carry out different roles and to work at a higher standard and more independently.

Claiming the Truth - Documentary Films 15

This module will discuss some of the most important traditions in documentary films and consider ways in which the ideas and concepts associated with these traditions can be applied in contemporary projects. It will consider the relationship of documentary to re-presenting ‘reality’, and it various ‘truth claims’. Taught by a range of Lectures, it will encompass documentary production in its changing social and historical contexts, and across some of its different distribution platforms, and deal with current debates about documentary ethics and aesthetics. You will then be given an opportunity to apply your own practical production skills in the development of a short documentary project.

Major Project in Journalism 60

For the Major Project students work independently to produce a documentary or equivalent (such as a suite of feature articles). Students are also required to undertake a period of work-based learning in line with the university’s approved procedures for work based learning and placements.

Media Law update 15

This module supplements the study of principles and statutes developed at Level Four with the analysis of current cases and recent precedents both in the courts and in the findings of key regulatory bodies such as OFCOM. It will provide you with the skills to continually update your knowledge throughout your career through the examination of cases in this rapidly changing field.

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

 UK/EU

International

Year 1 £9,250 £13,500
Year 2 £9,250 £13,500
Year 3 £9,250 £13,500
Total £27,750 £40,500
Optional Sandwich Year £700 £700
Total with Sandwich Year £28,450 £41,200

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, 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.

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 £6,935.

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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.

*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. 

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

Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however we strongly recommend student's purchase their own books. Students can find hard copies/e-copies of these books in the library. Indicative cost is £30-£200 per academic year. 

Mandatory

Core texts: Students are required to purchase two books.

  • Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers by Harold Evans
  • McNae's Essential Law for Journalists by Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd

Indicative cost is £40. 

Placement: In Year 3, students are required to take a 15 day placement. Students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Costs varies depending on travelling distance and mode of transport. 

Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

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
P545
Duration
3 years full-time
Typical offer
104 -120 points
Location
On campus, Winchester