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Undergraduate Factfile 2014 entry: International Journalism BA (Hons)
Mode of Study: Three years full time
Fast fact: Many of our students are offered permanent jobs at institutions like the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures on the basis of a successful work placement.
- Course in depth
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- Finance / Fees
- Course feedback
- Career prospects
- How to apply
International Journalism graduate”
Course at a glance
- Practical writing and reporting modules taught alongside media law, theory, ethics and international politics
- Teaching from journalists with many years’ experience and links to local newspapers, TV companies and radio stations
- Opportunities for industrial placements with media organisations, including a paid internship with the Index on Censorship
- Teaching delivered in the brand new Redmonds Building with industry-standard facilities including newsrooms, studios and editing booths
- Springboard to a career as a reporter, editor, staff writer, correspondent or producer
Your tutors are all journalists with extensive practical industry experience and links to many media organisations, ensuring that what you learn on the course is informed by the latest trends and developments in the media. A number of them are leading researchers or authors and this is reflected in their teaching.
You will also get to hear about the experiences, ideas and insights of working journalists and respected academics who regularly give talks and run workshops and masterclasses at the University.
This highly vocational course is designed to train UK and non-UK students as journalists in national and international media, global news networks and news agencies. The UK is one of the most important bases for international news organisations and global networks in the world and as such, is well placed for the study of international journalism.
The course is a mix of practical modules in which you will practise writing and reporting, print design and editing, radio and TV production and website construction alongside modules in media law, ethics, theory and international politics.
Specifically, the course integrates professional training in journalistic skills with the study of international issues that are relevant to the work of news organisations.
The Liverpool Screen School, which is based in the new £38million Redmonds Building, features industry-standard facilities to give you the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist, including edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, in addition to a further 22 hours weekly production work and independent research. As you progress through the course, you will be expected to do more project research so you will only spend two days per week in class in your final year. If you would like to see some of the work published by our students, take a look at the department's website: www.JMU-journalism.org.uk
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Introduction to News Writing
- Introduction to Reporting
- Understanding News Media
- International News Reporting
- Studying as Journalists
- Introduction to Print and Online Production
- Content Generation
- Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
- International Law and Ethics
- Contemporary International Relations for Journalists
- Advanced Journalism Practice
- International Journalism Careers
Choose one from:
- Public Relations
- Specialist Journalism
- Sports Journalism
Assessment and feedback
We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These include: essays, projects, portfolios of work, exams, reports, group and individual presentations, and dissertations. Much of the work is journalism-based and supported by academic essays and presentations.
Furthermore your graduate skills and World of Work Skills Certificate details will be published in your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), providing employers with extensive evidence of your development as a professional as well as your academic achievements at LJMU.
This vocational course offers many opportunities for practical, hands-on experience and work placements, thanks to our connections in the local, national and international media. For instance, LJMU and the Index on Censorship offer a 12-month paid internship for a journalism student at the IoC headquarters. This is a great way to meet industry experts and learn about free speech around the world, as well as building skills in public relations, lobbying and campaigning.
Work experience like this is an invaluable opportunity to practise your skills in a high-pressure news media environment and will put you at a distinct advantage over other applicants once you enter the competitive job market. In fact, many of our students have been offered permanent jobs on the basis of a successful work placement.
Liverpool has a thriving journalism industry, with one of the UK’s largest and most successful evening newspapers and the largest newspaper publisher on its doorstep. Several TV companies are based in the city, including the BBC, Granada and Hollyoaks creators, Lime Pictures. The region also has around 25 radio stations.
Support and guidance
If you decide to study with LJMU, you will join a warm and friendly learning environment where creativity is nurtured and supported by excellent learning resources. Throughout your studies you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress, and meet with you twice a year to discuss your educational and career plans.
Application and selection - what are we looking for?
We are keen to recruit students who will make the best use of the opportunity to study with us. So we are looking for students with an enthusiasm for gathering news and interpreting it, and producing interesting reports for different audiences. You should have strong curiosity about what is happening in the world, whether it is in your local area, your own country or other parts of the globe. You also need to have good writing skills, a critical mind and an analytical ability.
You need to be interested in current affairs, especially international issues that affect our lifestyle, environment or security and be keen to pass that knowledge and understanding on to others. A special interest in art, politics, music, photography or other areas may also be helpful. You should follow news regularly by reading newspapers, listening to radio or watching TV programmes.
You should be interested in and sympathetic to people and their activities. You may well have studied a humanities and/or social science subject at school or college (e.g. English Language, English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology, Media Studies). An ability to speak a foreign language would be an advantage in pursuing a career in international journalism.
In particular, you should possess the following qualities:
- Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to tutorials and host presentations. These skills are crucial for journalists because you have to interview people and interact with them constantly.
- Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis which is extremely important for journalists.
- Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed.
- Good analytical skills, so that you can critically analyse news events and evaluate their significance.
- Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays, reports, projects and your journalistic work.
- Teamwork, as you may have to work closely with others during your period of study at LJMU and in your career in journalism.
You should ensure that your UCAS application shows that you meet the following essential criteria:
- The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error-free style is vital and will be measured by your personal statement.
- Evidence of an interest in news-orientated media, including activities such as student newspapers/magazines, hospital radio or work placements.
- Evidence of an interest in the world around you: politics, science, history, finance, business, art, theatre, sports are among the areas for which we would expect you to have enthusiasm.
- Evidence of additional skills or knowledge in one of these areas: knowledge of current affairs, a foreign language (GCSE level or above), knowledge of different countries and cultures, or relevant work experience.
It would also be helpful if you are able to show the following in your UCAS application:
- An enthusiasm for IT and the new communication tools available on the internet and on mobile communication.
- Evidence of personal development such as art, music, creative writing, sport, outdoor activities, D of E award scheme.
- Involvement in social, community, political or charitable activities.
Will I be interviewed?
No interview required (UCAS application form only)
Can this course be deferred?
Yes, please contact us to discuss your options
Course entry requirements
Fees and Funding
To find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding
Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.
LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.
LJMU Bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding. In 2014 / 2015, eligible students will receive an annual cash bursary of £500. The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.
National Scholarship Programme
LJMU's National Scholarships are also means-tested and consist of a £2000 cash bursary. This scholarship is only awarded to new full-time Level 4 (first year) undergraduates. Any money received does not have to be repaid.
LJMU will be charging an annual tuition fee of £9,000 for most of our degree programmes.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol. Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning more than £21,000. Both full and part-time students are eligible for tuition fee loans. For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
- UK field trips
- Educational visits
- Student exchanges
- Criminal Records Bureau checks
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
- Governing body awards
You can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student. The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning at least £21,000. Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.
In 2014/2015, the maximum amount you can get while studying at LJMU is £5,555 if you are living away from home or £4,418 if you are living in your parental home.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
This means-tested award is available to students whose household income is below a certain level. You don't have to pay this money back and it's up to you to decide what to spend it on. Part-time students are not eligible for this grant.
- your household income has to be £42,620 or less, in order for you to qualify for this funding
- full-time students with a household income of £25,000 or less will receive a full grant of £3,387 per year
- Partial grants will also be available to students with a household income over £25,000 up to (and including) £42,620.
For more information on maintenance grants, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance
All quotes attributed to LJMU International Journalism graduates.
"I really enjoyed my three years at LJMU. The fact that nothing in the work environment has really tried me is a true testament to the course I studied."
"Aiming for a career in international news reporting, the combination of journalism and international relations offered by LJMU was ideal for me. Hands-on modules in print journalism gave me the skills and confidence needed for my first "real life" assignments on international news desks."
"I went straight to Moscow, Russia to start a job as a news anchor for a 24 hour global news channel called Russia Today. The course at LJMU was very hands on and I still draw on those experiences every day throughout my work."
"The International Journalism course at LJMU was an amazing experience and a great stepping stone to the career I am pursuing today ...modules such as Contemporary International Relations ... have given me great knowledge and understanding of foreign affairs."
"Choosing the International Journalism course was the best step I could have possibly taken."
"The best part of my International Journalism course at LJMU was studying international relations ... On the practical side, LJMU provided exceptional good teaching in the journalism final project."
"During the three years I undertook International Journalism ... I gained the skills required to develop a career in the international media ... I began my career in Egypt working for the International Herald Tribune ... Following this I returned to the UK to work for a financial magazine in London."
"The International Journalism course really fulfilled my expectations! ... I met lecturers from various backgrounds who were able to give me a real sense of journalism practice."
To hear what Journalism students have to say about their course, visit the our student and staff run news and featurs website: www.jmu-journalism.org.uk
Professional accreditation / links
The Liverpool Screen School, where this course is based, has strong links with local, national and international media organisations including the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, National Union of Journalists, Radio Academy, Institute of Communication Ethics, Association for Journalism Education and One World Media. Our connections provide excellent opportunities for student work placements and research projects.
Together with Liverpool Community College, the School became the North West's first Skillset Media Academy and is one of only 23 nationally. Skillset is the independent body that supports skills and training in the UK creative industries and recommends this particular degree course as one of the best in the country to prepare you for a career in the media.
The School is also part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme.
Your career prospects
Once you successfully complete the programme, your combination of practical skills and appreciation of news from a global perspective will qualify you to work as a reporter, editor, staff writer, correspondent or producer for any news media worldwide.
Your high-level communication skills could also open doors into public relations or publicity. Students graduating from this course have forged successful careers with newspapers and magazines, in radio and TV broadcasting and other news organisations in Britain, America, France, Germany, Norway, Finland, Russia, China and Egypt.
Some have pursued freelance careers or have even decided to use their transferable skills to work in government, education, campaign groups, charities and business. Others have decided to further their studies with postgraduate programmes at home and in Europe.
International funding advice
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects. When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date. Confirmed fees for 2013/14 are available on the LJMU website: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKBA requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month). LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKBA-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min 51 in each component for UKBA Purposes)|
For up-to-date details on all courses and entry requirements please go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/courses
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete a pre-sessional English course. LJMU offers pre-sessional English language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help develop your English language ability ahead of starting your course. Before completing the online application form, please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.studygroup.com/isc/ljmu/) or email: email@example.com
Degree preparation courses
LJMU offers international students the option of completing pre-undergraduate programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. LJMU’s degree preparation courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmu.ac.uk/isc
How to apply
All applicants should apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system at www.ucas.ac.uk. If you need help or advice on your individual application, you should contact your careers adviser or call the UCAS Customer Service Unit on 0871 468 0468, open Monday to Friday, 08:30-18:00 hrs (UK time)
If you are calling from outside the UK and are unable to use the number above, please contact them on 0044 871 468 0 468
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