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    Hey,

    Would I have an additional advantage if I did a BA in English after my first degree which will be journalism. What do people think?

    Thanks
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    Have you considered an MA?
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    Well there's no real advantage in it unless you have reason to do both... you've been a bit vague really.
    - What are you doing at the moment (are you in the middle of a Journalism degree, for example?)
    - What do you want to do with your degree(s)?
    - Why would you want to do both and not just one or the other?
    - Why not do a Masters instead of a second undergrad degree?
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    Hmm not such a good idea to be honest. Why not do a combined degree?

    Or as already suggested, do a MA in English after.

    What you need to remember is that you don't get funding any more for your second degree, and who knows how expensive fees will be in 3 or 4 years.
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    Or do English BA first, then journalism MA. I didn't think you could do English MA without a BA first?!
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    Oh, right....
    1) Not looking to do an MA. I know how expensive second degrees are but I don't think will be much of an issue (for personal reasons)
    2) Going to start a journalism degree in September. My grades for A2 are not as close to the standard offer of most English courses ie. AAB (Unless results day were to bring me a miracle)
    3) I'd like that English degree for personal statisfaction and enjoyment. This too with the journalism degree but I'm going to use it to gain alot of experience as it is a vocational degree.
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    If it's what you want then of course; but if I were you I'd have done a BA in English first followed by a course in Journalism. But I guess this is out of the question now?
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    Yeah, inksplodge I'm the same as you. How can you do an MA English without the BA? Strange.
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    Yes, that's how your supposed to do it with the journalism being the MA. I just think a sole journalism degree will not get you as far as a traditional subject and journalism. Employers seem to like that better and I can see why really.
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    Has anyone actually done this themselves?
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    More views would be greatly recieved :-)
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    Why not just re take A'levels until you get the grades on a gap year? What grades are you expecting? Try in Clearing as well. Or English with Jourlism or other joint degrees. If the grades are lower.
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    (Original post by Magic Potion)
    Oh, right....
    1) Not looking to do an MA. I know how expensive second degrees are but I don't think will be much of an issue (for personal reasons)
    2) Going to start a journalism degree in September. My grades for A2 are not as close to the standard offer of most English courses ie. AAB (Unless results day were to bring me a miracle)
    3) I'd like that English degree for personal statisfaction and enjoyment. This too with the journalism degree but I'm going to use it to gain alot of experience as it is a vocational degree.
    As others have said, why not english BA then journalism MA, it seems silly to do a degree in both. But if you want to do the english BA just for personal enjoyment in satisfaction, why not do the journalism at uni and then at such time when you're earning money, you could do english degree through the open university alongside earning money. However after studying for one degree I reckon you might feel differently!
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    I really don't see the point in doing two BA degrees though, especially if you're going into something like Journalism. Supposedly it's much better to do an English (or any essay-based degree I guess) and then do the Journalism MA, which is apparently much more respected. :dontknow: Surely the amount of money it costs for a second degree (and remember you won't get any help with finance) is similar to the price of the MA?
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    Yes, that's how your supposed to do it with the journalism being the MA. I just think a sole journalism degree will not get you as far as a traditional subject and journalism. Employers seem to like that better and I can see why really.

    Thanks for all your posts everyone. I can't really take a gap year or resit and I don't think I'd like to but I'm hoping to get BBB at A-level or something along those lines. I'm only doing things 'backwards' because of my A-level grades really.

    By the way, English is something I've always wanted to do, I've got to do it somewhere down the line just for myself. I can't just have a BA in journalism, English would just top it off.
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    (Original post by Magic Potion)
    Hey,

    Would I have an additional advantage if I did a BA in English after my first degree which will be journalism. What do people think?

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    do English BA and not journalism, its far more respected
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    Question: Can you actually MA in English? I'm intrigued now!
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    Anyone? Obviously I mean after journalism....
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    Do not do a degree in journalism. Times Higher Education ran a story recently about how "universities are conning students by accepting them on journalism courses when they have no realistic prospect of working in the profession".

    An English degree, and a journalism masters from City university would be the best option. Personally, I would never ever do a journalism course because it is a skill you can pick up relatively easily. Read Harold Evan's Essential English in your spare time.
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    (Original post by Magic Potion)
    Question: Can you actually MA in English? I'm intrigued now!
    Of course you can. English is such a diverse subject that you can specialise in a number of other subjects; using Oxford as brief example, you can do the following:

    M.St. English Language and Literature (650 –1550)
    M.St. English Language and Literature (1550-1780)
    M.St. English Language and Literature (1780–1900)
    M.St. English Language and Literature (1900- Present)
    M.St. English and American Studies
    M.St. Film Aesthetics
    M.St. Medieval Studies
    M.St. Women’s Studies

    That is merely 'pure' English too. You can do classics, history, oriental studies, philosophy and linguistics as well. But if you do journalism first then you have a very limited skill-set, which will not transfer particularly well.
 
 
 
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