The Course

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing programme has been designed to enable students to combine writing short stories, screenplays and poetry with the professional writing required by journalists for magazines, newspapers and online publishers.

Working in our suite of industry-standard newsrooms, students can learn the core values of good journalism and how to apply them to the different media platforms available today. Creative Writing workshops offer students the opportunity to explore new techniques to develop their own voice and help them become compelling writers of the future.

How You Study

This course offers students the opportunity to learn how to operate as a journalist, working with industry-standard facilities and with teaching from journalism professionals. Students can learn core journalistic skills including news-gathering, media law, ethics, interviewing and writing, alongside developing an understanding of the professional aspects of writing for magazines, papers and online organisations.

The Creative Writing element of the course is designed to enable students to explore different formats in poetry, prose and scriptwriting in genres such as children’s writing, crime and science fiction.

Modules may include Essential Journalism, Writing Poetry, Writing Narrative, Writing and Enterprise, Ethics and International Human Rights for Journalists (optional), Comparative Media History (optional), Journalism Independent Study (optional) and The Psychological Thriller and Crime Fiction (optional).

While the focus of this programme is on providing the professional skills students need to succeed as writers – whether in the publishing world or in journalism – it also explores some of the commercial and business aspects of working in these areas. Students can learn about the business of publishing and how newsrooms operate to connect with their readers. Working with agents, the pros and cons of new electronic publishing platforms, who the major players are in the book world, how to get your work onto stage, radio or the screen, all form elements of the programme.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Entry Requirements

  • GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
  • International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points

Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.

EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element or equivalent

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.

We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

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Last updated April 26, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
3 - 6 years
15,000 GBP
per level. International students. | Home/EU students: £9,250 per level
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