Liberal Studies (Journalism) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Our new range of liberal studies degrees provides a true US-style liberal arts education, a first in the UK. In your foundation year you undertake a general education programme which provides a comprehensive foundation for your degree studies. You choose a ‘major’ subject area whilst taking a range of ‘electives’ to tailor your degree to match your passions and interests. Every module in our liberal studies programme has been specifically designed for the degree, delivering you a broad-based education which engages you in critical and interdisciplinary thinking. Liberal arts graduates are well-prepared to make the most of opportunities in a fast-moving global economy.

This major combines theory with practice, providing you with the knowledge and skills a journalist needs to thrive in today’s multiplatform, globalised, 24/7 media world. You will critically examine the role of journalism and practice of journalists in contemporary society. The major also provides hands-on experience in a newsroom environment, enabling you to develop your reporting and production skills on multiple platforms.

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Why should I choose this programme?

Journalism has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. New technologies and social change continually challenge the traditional role of the journalist in gathering, processing and disseminating news, which has a tremendous impact on journalism as an industry and profession.

You will gain an understanding of journalism through historical and theoretical perspectives, and become knowledgeable about current debates and trends affecting the rapidly-changing industry.

You will investigate legal, regulatory and ethical issues, while gaining proficiency in media research methods and analysis techniques.

Along with helping you to develop your writing, broadcasting and photojournalism skills, this major will teach you how journalism relates to other areas of the media, including public relations, marketing and advertising.

This broad approach to the craft of journalism will offer you the opportunity to investigate issues and learn to tell stories with skill and passion.

Key skills, aims and objectives

  • A critical understanding of the history, development and future of journalism
  • The ability to identify and evaluate potential stories, and to find the most compelling ways to present them
  • Knowledge of the ethical and legal challenges that journalists face and the intersection of journalism with politics, culture and society
  • Experience in reporting, writing and producing journalism to industry standards on multiple platforms

Future opportunities

The Journalism Major provides the foundations for a wide variety of careers across the media and communications industries. You will become a multiskilled, multimedia professional, ready for a career in journalism on all media platforms, or in allied areas such as corporate or non-profit communications roles, research or advertising.

Former students are now working in media, PR, marketing, publishing, digital media and film. Others have used their skills in their own business, family business, or within fashion, tourism and luxury brands.

Majors / pathways

This is an American-style Liberal Studies programme that incorporates an area of specialisation (a major), a general education programme which all students take in their first year providing a broad foundation for your degree, plus electives chosen from a wide range of subject areas to be taken alongside your major.

There is a major project in the final year of study which enables you to open out the specialist area of your major to the breadth of your learning on the whole programme.

It is also possible to undertake a dual major or one or two minor subject areas alongside your major from other subjects offered within the overall programme. Majors, minors and elective classes are offered in the following subject areas:

  • Art History
  • Business and Management
  • English
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Media and Communications
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations

There are also elective classes in Music Appreciation, Philosophy, and Theatre.

Study abroad
In addition to studying in London, you will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting 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 section.

Additional information

Please note that an optional study period abroad always take place during degree level studies and is not included in your foundation year.

Modules

Foundation Modules

  • Foundation Seminars 1 and 2
  • Humanities
  • International Relations
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Scientific Understanding

Degree Level Modules

  • Digital Photography
  • Introduction to Media Production
  • Journalism in Society
  • Journalism Practice 1
  • Media Analysis and Literacy
  • Interactive Media
  • Journalism Practice 2
  • Media and Ethics
  • Media Research Methods
  • Photojournalism
  • Broadcast Reporting
  • Editorial Photography
  • Media and the Law
  • Publication and Design
  • Major Capstone (dissertation)

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Future start dates

18 September 2017

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Fees

Fees September 2017

Annual tuition fee: £16,400 
Home/EU advance deposit: £500 (non-refundable)
Non-EU advance deposit: £4,000 (non-refundable)

 

Tuition fees are set for the University’s financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July. Annual fees for students commencing studies in spring will span financial years. Spring and autumn fees will be invoiced at the rate applicable for that term. 

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Academic requirements

For entry to the programme, we require five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including English.

All applicants must have successfully completed GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

Other international qualifications, as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will be accepted, including:

  • US High School Diploma with a 2.5 GPA
  • HAVO
  • Six WAECs with grades A-C (1-6)
  • Realschulabschluß
  • Apolytirion of Gymnasio
  • Attestat
  • Bachillerato (from Central and South America)

If you have already successfully completed A Levels, or a recognised Level 3 or Access Programme; the full International, European or Welsh Baccalaureate; or, an equivalent qualification, you may be eligible for direct entry onto your chosen degree programme.  

English requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Latest update regarding ETS & TOEFL testing – The Home Office has suspended all ETS tests, including TOEFL exams, as evidence of English language ability from new visa applicants.

Please see the Home Office website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/changes-to-english-language-certification-for-visa-applications--3

Therefore, if you are relying on an ETS / TOEFL certificate for Visa purposes please be aware that you will now need to take an alternative English proficiency test.

We will continue to accept the following English language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS
  • PTE Academic
  • Cambridge Advanced
  • Regent’s University London on campus diagnostic test

If you have taken and submitted the TOEFL test as part of your admissions application, or have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to make contact with our Admissions team to seek further advice and support.

– 18/07/2014

 

For those applicants whose mother tongue is not English, we require a recent pass in any of the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C
  • GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C (for non-EU IGCSE students, please provide along with the IGCSE certificate, the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • IB Diploma English Higher Level, grade 5
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.0 (for non-EU students: a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 on the internet-based test (TOEFL results not accepted post 17 April 2014 for non EU/UK students)
  • Pearson Test (PTE Academic) score of 53 (for non-EU Students: a minimum score of 51 in each component)

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Please also note that you may be exempt from taking an English language test if the last three years of your full-time education have been taught completely in English.

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive; for more information about other accepted English language qualifications, please contact us.

Students who require an international student visa to study in the UK and whose native language is not English, are also be required to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check their website for current information: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

On-campus diagnostic test

If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free English diagnostic test. 

This test is offered through Regent's Institute of Languages & Culture and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: exrel@regents.ac.uk

How to apply

For advice and guidance on study-related visas and immigration, please view our visas and immigration webpage.

Applying to study at Regent's is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and there is no application fee.

Step 1 Apply

Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways:

Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via email/post/fax:

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all previous studies (i.e. secondary school and/or university)
  • Two letters of reference, one of which must be academic; the second can be academic, personal (cannot be from a family member or a peer) or professional
  • A 300-500 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen course at RUL and how you feel you will benefit from the course of study
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • One recent passport-sized, colour photograph, jpeg format (this must be emailed to us to: admit@regents.ac.uk)
  • If not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

Step 2 Making an offer

We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful.

If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer.

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

Step 3 Accepting the offer

If you wish to accept the offer you must:

  • Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person
  • Pay the registration fee
  • Pay the refundable non-EU advance tuition fee deposit (if applicable)

Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible.

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 Full acceptance and visa

On receipt of your acceptance we will issue the final set of documentation and, where needed, the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa).

Transfer of credits

Transfer applicants must complete their applications by submitting all the supporting documentation required from freshman applicants.

If you have completed fewer than 30 credit hours or equivalent at your current institution we will need your official high school transcript in addition to your current undergraduate transcript.

If you have completed 30 or more credit hours, or equivalent, we only require your official undergraduate transcripts.

Once we have received your complete application, and if you have been accepted for admission, we will advise you on the number of credits you will be able to transfer towards your degree.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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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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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Future Finance loans

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

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Study methods

Teaching methods include class discussions, class presentations, mock press conferences, outside reporting and newsroom exercises, along with many others.

Your teachers will be media experts and professional journalists. With London a global hub for journalism, you will benefit from field trips to media outlets and invited speakers from the industry.

Students are assessed through essays, exams, project portfolios, presentations, blogs, photography projects and journalistic articles.

Tutors are readily contactable by email and often see students for preparatory work on particular assignments.

Students with disabilities

Some of our courses encourage trips outside of the campus. If you have a condition that affects your mobility you are advised to contact the Disability Officer.

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Regent’s University London has no connection with Regent University of Virginia USA

 

 

Last updated: 14 December 2016

 

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Key information

Name
Liberal Studies (Journalism)
Qualification
BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation
Level
Undergraduate
UCAS Code
225P
Study mode
Full time
Duration
4 years
Tuition fees
£16,400 *
Scholarships
Yes *
Next start date
18 September 2017
Future start date
Study abroad
Optional
Validation
Regent's University London

* See the admissions tab for further details on fees and scholarships

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