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BA Honours Journalism and Communication

BA Honours Journalism and Communication

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Start
September
Duration
3 years full time
Attendance
Full time
Fees
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Journalism is a rapidly changing and always exciting sector to be involved in. Our degree will equip you with the technical and incisive critical thinking skills you will need to tell stories across platforms and hit the ground running in the fast paced and exciting journalism and communication industry.

Why Study BA Journalism and Communication at Middlesex University?

Our degree places  employability at its core, with modules designed to help you develop your own sense of the type of journalist or communication specialist you wish to be. From broadcast and sports journalism, to digital or magazine publishing, fashion and long-form documentary journalism, our degree provides you with the scope and choices you need to make this happen.

Modules such as Entrepreneurship and the Independent Project allow you to take work placements and teach you how to stand out and market your skills in the workplace. We have an annual employability in journalism event that equips you with what you need to know to get in to the industry.

Course highlights

  • You will be taught by a team of experienced practitioners, dedicated technical tutors, and passionate academics at the forefront of research to inform the innovation of practice
  • You could choose to take modules that will equip you with transferable skills to enter the communication industry job sector generally
  • You can take advantage of the university's strong links with industry and opportunities for you to gain work placements.
  • Our campus puts you within easy reach of Dubai's Media City and our students have secured placements with a range of magazines including Time Out, Elle, OK! Middle East and Rolling Stone.
  • You will benefit from a range of media-related events, including the Dubai Film Festival and the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Our students have interned at these events, participated in competitions there and won awards arranged by these organisations.

Course Fees : AED 157,500

What will you study on the BA Journalism and Communication?

You will be learning technical skills in journalism technologies, and shooting and editing news packages from the very start of your degree. You will progress through the modules ensuring you can produce and tell stories across platforms. You will develop key journalistic skills such as finding and gathering news, engaging wider and diverse audiences, and writing neat and accurate copy. You will be able to analyse, deliberate and write effectively, whether for essays and constructing arguments, or online for a specific news audience.

What will you gain?

You will gain knowledge in the wider communications field, covering how campaigns are used by media and affect society and how politics can influence news. You will learn how to work independently and as part of a team to produce stories. You will know how to work effectively in a variety of roles in a newsroom, whether you are presenting, writing or editing news material.

NOTE: Not all optional modules may be available each year, as they are dependent upon student interest and minimum numbers of registrations.

  • Year 1

    • Journalism Skills (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module will instil and develop journalism practice inside and outside of the classroom. You will be introduced to news ‘beats’ or areas and encouraged to follow events in your assigned ‘beat’. You will learn the responsibilities of journalists working in newsrooms, news teams and independently.

    • What is Journalism? (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The news media industry changes and develops at a rapid speed. This is not just the case recently, but historically too. This module discusses these issues, along with the changing practice of journalism and the role of the journalist in society and democracy at large.

    • Campaign Communication (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the various forms and theories of communication that are involved in campaigns that use media. This will involve analysis of historical and current examples of campaigns from a number of perspectives from the perspective of the news industry that cover and promote certain campaigns, as well as perspectives from politics, the public sector, charitable and for-profit corporations.

    • Information, Power, and People (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to give you a basic understanding of the contemporary social and political environment, and your position as a journalist in society. Using the framework offered by regulatory bodies and both national and international legal institutions, you will critically explore the ever-changing environment in which journalists operate.

  • Year 2

    • Multimodal Journalism (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      You will develop your abilities in relevant genres of writing by sourcing, producing and editing original stories. You will also advance your skills in journalistic research, interviewing and storytelling. You will apply these abilities to news gathering and distribution in print, broadcast, online, mobile and emergent technologies across multiple platforms, with opportunities to specialise as appropriate.

    • Investigative Techniques (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module is designed to train you in the development of research/investigative skills critical to the journalism and communications industry. As such, it introduces the key research techniques and methods central to academic and professional practice within and across the industry.

    • Arts, Lifestyle and Sports Journalism (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module covers journalism about fine art, contemporary art and mass and popular culture including painting, music, photography, literature, cinema, travel, celebrity culture and sports. You will have the opportunity to develop your own specialist area of interest and a specialist writing portfolio.

    • Broadcast Journalism (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will develop your skills in an advanced broadcast journalism (audio and TV) setting through continuous weekly practice and feedback. You will practise your broadcast news gathering skills (journalistic and technical) through Newsday practice. In addition, the you will be required to reflect upon practice through regular debriefs and constructive criticism.

    • Innovation, Science and Technology Writing (30 Credits) - Optional

      The module is intended to enable you to develop a critical understanding of the journalistic and media coverage of modern innovation, science and technology. You will learn to reflect on the current state of this coverage, its social and political consequences and the challenges of improving it.

    • Political Communication (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with the ability to assess the role and function of communication in the public sphere and to evaluate the management and practice of communication within the political process. Practices of all three main political communication actors will be discussed and analysed (media, political actors and audiences/citizens) as well as the debates surrounding them.

  • Year 3

    • Entrepreneurship (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will be an opportunity for you to engage with realistic scenarios you are likely to encounter in one or more periods during any career in the media industries. Through seminars, directed study and experiential learning, you will explore the employment and self-employment opportunities in these industries.

    • Independent Project (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The independent project represents the culmination of the theoretical and practical learning and assessment you have engaged in over the course of the degree. This module allows you to choose one of two pathways. Pathway 1 includes either writing a dissertation, or a final creative project. Pathway 2 is a work placement project.

    • Long-form Journalism (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module prepares you for researching and producing long-form journalism from conception to consumption. You will take a systematic approach to long-form journalism, developing in-depth research methods and storytelling techniques, along with practical skills in writing, broadcasting, or digital journalism.

    • The Newsroom (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module introduces the relevant concepts concerning professional newsroom environments and practices, including professional socialisation, production workflows, gate keeping practices, and the impact of convergence. It also aims to give you the practical skills in operating in a multi-platform and digital newsroom environment through a series of Newsdays.

    • Journalism, Money and Power (30 Credits) - Optional

      How tangled are politics with economics, and how does journalism perform its watchdog function by holding power to account if they themselves are suffering from their own form of crisis? What are the power structures behind journalism that affect and influence its production? How do journalism, money and power interrelate? This module interrogates and deconstructs a number of issues to better understand the role journalism plays at the centre of mediating power: shaping it, supporting it, representing and framing it, and holding it to account.

    • Global Journalism and News Cultures (30 Credits) - Optional

      The approach of this module is two-fold: to analyse how the news media landscape is responding to a globalizing world, but also to understand some of the nuances that can be found within different countries and cultural systems. How can we understand this new phenomenon, including the ways different countries and different cultures report – and are reported on?

    • International and Digital PR (30 Credits) - Optional

      This is not a Journalism module, but we are offering it to our students. The outline provided would need to be checked with the PR, advertising and marketing programme.

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:

  • Successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)*** (equivalent programmes from other Universities/Colleges/Institutes will be considered).
  • Indian Secondary School Certificates issued by the CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All State Boards may be considered: minimum grade of 55% overall
  • British A-Levels: minimum two, maximum three subjects, with grades of B,B,C (three subjects) or with A*, A* (two subjects)
  • International Baccalaureate: completion of IB diploma with good grades

GCSE (or equivalent for other education systems) English and Maths with a minimum of Grade C are required

  • UAE’s General Secondary Education Certificate Examination Grade 12 (Tawjihiya) plus successful completion of the Middlesex University International Foundation Programme (IFP)***  or equivalent programmes
  • Pakistani National Curriculum: completion of Year 1 at a recognised post-secondary institution (university / college). Candidates that have successfully completed FSC/HSC are admitted to the Middlesex University’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Iranian Pre-University Certificate: minimum overall grade of 12. Students completing the High School Diploma are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • Nigerian Senior School Leaving Certificate: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • National Curriculum of the countries of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • West African GCE: Candidates are admitted to the International Foundation Programme (IFP)***
  • BTEC Level 3 qualifications***** (suite of qualifications known as Nationals) may be considered for direct entry into an undergraduate programme 

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 admissions@mdx.ac.ae and we will be able to advise you further.

English Language Requirements (Undergraduate)

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

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

72 (17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

51

PearsonPTE General

Level 3


Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:

English Language

Entry Requirement

GCSE/IGCSE/O-Level English

(as a first or second language)

Grade C or Higher

CBSE/ISC boards/NIOS/All state boards

Minimum grade of 70% in English

International Baccalaureate

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

WAEC/WASSCE/SSSCE 

Minimum grade “C6“


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

The BA Honours Journalism and Communication 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.

What our students say

Sahar Ehsas 
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."

Claire Fastner 
Journalism graduate 

Claire Fastner
"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."

Natasha Artwell
Journalism graduate 

Natasha Artwell
"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."

Georgie Tudor
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."

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