Whether you want to write for print or online audiences, this English and Journalism course can show you how to communicate effectively.
This highly practical course is designed to give you an understanding of how media, cultural and creative organisations operate and are managed, helping to prepare you to critically engage with the world around you and investigate how events are examined and reported.
Coventry is ranked the 14th best university in the country for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019. Here, you’ll learn from faculty passionate about the concept of a free, informed society; some of whom are writers and former journalists who’ve worked for national publications and news corporations, including the former Political Editor of the Irish Sunday Mirror and Editor in Chief of Classics car magazine.
With extensive professional links, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for industry placements and hear from expert guest lecturers, which have previously included Michael Binyon OBE, former Moscow Correspondent of The Times, for example.
As well as developing a range of skills and knowledge that constitute the world of journalism, this course analyses key concepts and theories of media systems, the structures of media ownership and interests of those who influence and shape the media. We explore the issues and debates relating to the concept of ethics and press freedom in local, national and global contexts.
Students begin to develop a portfolio of regular journalistic work across all years of study in a wide range of formats and subject areas – anything from sports writing to health reporting and features journalism.
Why choose this course?
Choose this course if you have a passion for writing; whether your ambition is to write for magazines, newspapers, radio, television or new media or you’re simply interested in improving your communication and writing skills.
This exciting degree brings together the study of English, as a medium for communicating our experience, and journalism – the practice of making news and crafting the narratives that become the backdrop to our lives.
Covering all aspects of the journalism industry, including print, digital and broadcast, we examine how the world of language and the media influence our lives at home and internationally. You’ll have the opportunity to share experiences and network with international students in prominent universities in France and Spain through online exchanges and blogs, which recently touched on the future of young people in Europe after Brexit.
There’ll be plenty of opportunities for hands-on practical experience, producing your own news and current affairs for a variety of print and online media audiences. You can help design and edit our student-run Creative Writing Magazine, CovWords, or support the Student Union’s flagship Coventry Source newspaper and radio station. You can also apply for a work placement, which has led previous students to work for Jaguar Land Rover.
International experience opportunities
Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of media and culture; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum in the collaborative projects conducted with European universities in second year and an entire module on contemporary global journalism in your final year.
You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad. For example, first year students collaborated online with students from Mexico to discuss shared intercultural interests, create joint assessed digital projects and reflect on their international experience.
We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references during study, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on a sandwich year. For example, you could study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China. There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’ and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually.
At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.