Overview

Do you want to study the UK's best Journalism undergraduate degree? Our BA (Hons) Journalism course has been awarded the Best Performing Undergraduate Course for 2017-18 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This is based on the number of students gaining the Gold Standard for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. 

The profession of journalism has evolved rapidly over the last few years and the skills you need to excel as a journalist have changed. If you want to hold those in power to account and keep the public informed, educated and entertained, this NCTJ-accredited BA (Hons) Journalism degree course prepares you for a career in this field.

From learning how to podcast, layout magazine spreads and create video reports to the important skills of uncovering and writing breaking stories to deadline, you'll learn how to make the most of everything that today's 24-hour rolling news culture throws at you.

Whether your interests lie in news reporting, coverage of sport or reviewing the latest films and music, you'll develop the essential skills and experience to send you to the top of any editor's wish list.

What you'll experience

On this Journalism degree course you'll:

  • Put your skills into practice in our newsroom equipped with the latest hardware and software used by the press
  • Work as an editorial team with other students to produce magazines, newspapers and Web articles to deadline
  • Have the chance to take exams that lead to the industry-recognised National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism
  • Learn from expert journalists who have experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
  • Work through a programme that we've developed with input from experts working at The Sun and The Daily Mail, regional media groups such as Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror and national public relations agencies
  • Get valuable experience and build industry contacts on a formal 10-day journalism-based work placement as part of your study
  • Have the opportunity to do further work placements throughout your degree, including a 1-year placement
  • Take shorthand training – you'll aim to reach writing speeds of 100 words per minute
  • Expand your network by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies such as The Daily Mail, Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News and the Cabinet Office

Work experience and career planning

10-day work placement

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll do a 10-day work placement in your final year. We have links with many well-known media organisations. Previous students have done placements at locations such as:

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Sun
  • The Daily Mail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vogue
  • Heat
  • Reveal
  • BBC

You'll get support from specialist staff before and throughout your placement to make sure you get the most out of your time in the workplace.

Other work experience

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build your portfolio, develop your professional network and get your work seen by a wider audience.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Academic and Professional Skills – 20 credits

This module focuses on the key professional employability skills for future journalists.

Digital Skills for Journalists – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop the digital skills needed to produce compelling stories for online media.

Ethical Perspectives on Current Affairs – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine issues of moral and ethical behaviour in journalism.

Journalism in Context – 20 credits

This module is split into four sub-themes that examine contemporary journalism practice – History and Development of Journalism; Journalists, News and Audiences; New Digital Landscapes; Specialist Journalism.

Law for Journalists – 20 credits

On this module, you'll examine key areas of media law. You'll also get an introduction to the UK's criminal justice system and court reporting.

Reporting – 20 credits

This module will give you an introduction to the practice and business of journalism, across print and digital platforms. You'll develop skills in sourcing and writing news stories and feature content for a range of media brands.

Year 2

Core modules

Feature Writing and News Analysis – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop the skills to write features content for different print and online markets. You'll learn to develop ideas for websites, newspapers and magazines locally and nationally.

Law for Journalists – 20 credits

On this module, you'll examine key areas of media law. You'll also get an introduction to the UK's criminal justice system and court reporting. You'll develop your knowledge of how media law impacts publishing platforms in England and Wales and the legal pitfalls facing journalists and publishers.

Optional modules

CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year – 40 credits

This optional year-long module gives you experience in setting up and running a small business during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

CCI Work Placement – Full Year – 40 credits

This optional year-long placement module gives you relevant industrial or commercial experience during the placement year of a sandwich degree.

Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits

On this module, you'll develop your creative, intellectual and interpersonal attributes.

Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine issues of moral and ethical behaviour in journalism.

Factual Media Production – 20 credits

In this module you'll learn the skills and practices needed to produce engaging, entertaining, ethically and editorially sound factual content for broadcast.

Intercultural Perspectives on Communication – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your knowledge of intercultural theory, using it to research and analyse intercultural contexts.

Newsbeat – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your knowledge, understanding and experience of news gathering. You'll get practical experience of work-based learning, producing material to a tight deadline.

Press and Public Relations – 20 credits

On this module you'll gain the skills needed to work in a press office or undertake public relations duties in other industries.

Smartphone Journalism – 20 credits

This module introduces the theories, techniques, and applications of mobile journalism. 

Student Enterprise – 20 credits

This module is a problem-based learning module, which will introduce you to the basics and reality of setting up and running a small business.

Year 3

Core modules

Newsroom Production – 20 credits

This module runs a series of simulated newsroom days, where you'll work as part of a group and experience leadership roles.

Placement – 20 credits

On this module you'll combine the knowledge and skills you've developed during your studies to take part in a media-based work placement.

Optional modulesClose allDissertation/Major Project (Journalism) – 40 credits

On this module you'll design and submit a dissertation or extended project.

Film, Media and Communication Study Placement – Full Year – 40 credits

This optional year-long placement develops your knowledge and skills for roles in the global workplace. Your placement will take place in a university outside of the UK.

Journalism Special Investigation – 40 credits

On this module you'll design and complete an extended vocational study with clear and specific aims.

Digital Media and Democracy – 20 credits

On this module you'll analyse the relationship between digital communication technologies and democratic politics. You'll also look at the debates surrounding the democratic implications of digital media.

Global Journalism and Human Rights – 20 credits

This module analyses the connection between journalism and the shaping of the common understanding of global human rights issues.

Money, Government and Power – 20 credits

On this module, you'll learn how money, government and power are linked in the UK, and how they're reported on by the press.

Writing and Producing Magazines – 20 credits

This module will develop your magazine journalism skills.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • group-based activities, including magazine, newspaper and Web page production
  • work placements

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays and close textual analysis
  • in-class tests
  • media artefacts
  • seminar presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation or special investigation
  • post-placement assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

Having an NCTJ-accredited degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism gives you many career options.

What can you do with a Journalism degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • national, regional and local newspapers
  • magazines
  • radio and television stations
  • online publications
  • public relations
  • corporate communications and marketing
  • digital marketing and social media

What jobs can you do with a Journalism degree?

Roles they've gone on to include:

  • trainee reporter
  • social media editor
  • campaign assistant
  • public relations account executive
  • digital marketing executive
  • sports reporter

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful freelancing careers with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Evidence of interest and some relevant experience in Journalism will be required. All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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