Journalism Courses

Students with a passion for traditional and digital sources of news and media will be well suited to study a journalism degree. Journalism degrees cover a broad range of subjects related to traditional and new media with relevance to news and the way in which it is broadcasted. Journalism is most commonly studied alongside media and culture studies, but can be studied as a single degree.

Studying Journalism

Journalism degrees are awarded as a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) degree and take between three and four years of full time study to complete. Some universities offer students the chance to complete a work placement during the third year of study, or even a study abroad year, before returning in the final year to complete their studies.

Topics Covered

During the first year of study students will be introduced to journalism through a range of modules including journalism history, media and society, lifestyle journalism, and reporting. The second year of study allows students to specialise in their preferred area of journalism, by offering a range of optional modules, as well as core modules. Core modules for year two include journalism issues and debates, journalism in digital and social media, media law, and web journalism. Optional modules for year two include language and journalism, sport reporting, advanced audio, and magazine journalism. In the final year of study students can further specialise in journalism by choosing more optional modules from a list such as broadcast journalism, celebrities, crime and investigation and public relations. Core modules in year three include public affairs, entrepreneurial journalism, media futures and an independent study, otherwise known as a dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements to a journalism degree can vary depending on the university you are applying to. The best universities for journalism degrees are The University of Sheffield, Nottingham Trent University, University of Lincoln, University of Westminster, and Teesside University. Entrance to journalism courses at these universities requires students to have gained three A Level grades ABB – BBB. You will almost always need to have gained GCSE Grade A – C in English and Maths also.

You are advised to contact the institution you are applying to for a full list of entry requirements.

Career Prospects

After graduating from a journalism degree, students often choose to apply for job roles directly within the field. Popular job roles include magazine journalist, newspaper journalist, public relations officer and communications officer. It is also possible for journalism graduates to adopt other job roles within the marketing and advertising industry, due to the experience and key skills gained throughout the degree program.

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