"I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. I am now working full-time within the editorial department of a multinational company"
Journalism and the media sector are in constant flux. The digital world is changing the face of how the industry operates, offering exciting challenges to the next generation of media professionals. Our course is designed to develop multi-skilled, entrepreneurial graduates, armed with the confidence to thrive in the journalism and media industries. This degree enables you to combine the acquisition of practical skills with a thorough academic grounding in some of the most exciting ideas, theories and knowledge about the media today. You will study both traditional print-based journalism and digital-new media, giving you the chance to think broadly about future career plans. For those of you who are interested in the rapidly changing field of journalism, who want to write, and also to understand how journalism and other forms of media communication work, this degree is ideal. This distinctive programme marries a range of practical journalistic skills with a comprehensive and critical theoretical framework informed by current debates about the social, cultural and political implications of communication.
On our BA Honours Journalism and Media you will study modules covering different elements of journalism alongside broader media modules.
In your first year you will get to grips with theories related to media and culture and examine the complex relationship between media, culture and power. You will also take a practical, workshop-based module in media production, engaging with industry-standard production methods, and you will take an in-depth look at the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online journalism industries.
Your second year of study gives you the opportunity to build on your media production skills. You will also develop your research skills in preparation for your final year and take a module on global journalism.
In your final year, you will look at contemporary journalism in detail and hone your journalism skills. A significant part of your final year will be dedicated to your independent project, which brings together the theoretical and practical elements you have engaged with throughout the degree.
Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Village campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 8:30am and 6:30pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for completion of this programme.
You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approaches as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.
Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.
Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e- learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.
We accept students with a diverse range of entry qualifications and from varying backgrounds. The following international qualifications are normally considered for admission:
Note: *** International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a one year programme to prepare students for entry to Undergraduate programmes
***** BTEC qualifications (QCF) (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) are acceptable both on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Applicants are expected to have studied for the Diploma or Extended Diploma. The Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma and 90 Credit Diploma are expected to be studied in combination to equal that of at least the Diploma (for example, the Subsidiary Diploma would need to be offered in combination with either a Diploma or two GCE A levels).
This list shows only a selection of qualifications. If your high school system does not appear here, please contact our Admissions Office firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to advise you further.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
English Language Test
6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)
72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
(as a first or second language)
Grade C or Higher
CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards
Minimum grade of 70% in English
Minimum grade 4 in English A1 (Standard or Higher Level) in IB OR a minimum of grade 5 in English B (Higher Level)
West African/Nigerian Curriculum
Minimum grade “C6“
The BA Honours Journalism and Media degree has been designed with a specific understanding of the extension of journalistic practices and of communications production throughout the economy. Equally, the continuing development and distribution of digital communications technologies provide an opportunity for students to work innovatively and gainfully as freelancers. The curriculum is designed to equip students with skills allowing them to benefit from this situation. Links with the employment market are arranged through internships with the assistance of the Careers and Employability Service; visiting speakers from relevant sections of the media industry and field trips. Staff with ongoing practical and professional experience all help students in furthering their career goals.
BA Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies graduate
"My experience at Middlesex University has been a great one. I felt very comfortable studying there because of the friendly support of my lecturers, who worked very hard to make sure students enjoyed all the lectures and learned a great deal from them. The beauty of Middlesex University is that it is an international community with a great atmosphere, and even better students. With it's multicultural environment, it really does open your eyes to new cultures and traditions.
I studied the degree of Journalism with Media and Cultural studies. The degree covered diverse modules and taught me a lot. After graduating I managed to secure a job at the BBC as a Web administrator. My job consists of editing articles and publishing them online to the BBC Academy, College of Journalism website. I love working for the BBC and am very proud of reaching this far. Without the help of my tutors at Middlesex University, I wouldn't have had the knowledge or confidence to get this far. I am very happy to have made the decision to study at Middlesex university and would definitely recommend it."
"During my three years studying at Middlesex, I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. This variety helped me to decide on a topic for my final project that I felt excited about.
My tutors at Middlesex have been excellent support and always showed great interest in their field. I have graduated with a first-class degree and am now working full-time within the editorial department at a multinational company. My tutors have encouraged me to continue my studies and I am planning to start a masters in September. Thanks to a fantastic experience at Middlesex University, I cannot wait to start studying again."
"In my second year I was fortunate enough to spend a semester at Baruch College in New York, Manhattan. I applied to the University's student exchange programme in my first year and had the best experience of my life. The process was quite long and you need to stay focused, but the experience itself was life changing. I learnt so much from the exchange and the people that I met and I have recently been back to visit friends. I would definitely recommend looking at spending a semester abroad, it really is incredible."
"The course has really challenged me to think and write in ways I had not previously been familiar with and by doing this I have grown both personally and academically. Middlesex University has given me the confidence to chase my dreams and has provided me with the skills I need to accomplish them. After graduating I would ideally like to work in fashion and beauty journalism but studying at Middlesex has broadened my horizons so I I'm happy to explore other areas of journalism too."
Journalism graduate "The lecturers and tutors I have had throughout the three years have been fantastic people and actively passionate about what they are teaching. Whether a subject immediately interested me or whether I still had to get to grips with it, they always made everything fascinating and engaging."
"The Broadcasting Today series organised by the Media Department at Middlesex was one piece of work I'm particularly proud of. Working alongside Kurt Barling, who is Professor of Professional Practice and a BBC Correspondent, I had my first hands-on, live television experience. By contributing to the series I learnt so much and it was a very useful experience to have, especially when applying for a masters."