BA Journalism Studies at Sheffield

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Journalism's bigger picture

The experience begins the moment you enter the building. From day one on the course, you're in the thick of what feels like a real working environment. You'll find newsrooms for radio, television, print and web – each decked out with the latest software and equipment to help you make the most of your course and future-proof your career.

Our aim is to get you into the mindset of a confident working professional. You'll come to see the department as your second home, a working area where you can develop projects and catch up on the latest news. That's why the University of Sheffield has invested £3million in our stunning new purpose-fitted premises, to make sure our journalism students continue to enjoy the best facilities as well as the best teaching.

A lot of your formal teaching takes place in the newsrooms. We'll show you the ropes. Everything. You'll become proficient in every role – from researching, writing and tweeting to producing and presenting.

BA Journalism Studies course structure

 

Perfectly prepared

Image: Peace Gardens in SheffieldBut there's much more to journalism at Sheffield than the newsrooms. We'll send you out into our amazing city to learn the craft of reporting. You'll get your own patch of Sheffield to cover. You'll go to court and council meetings, meeting local people, digging up exclusives. It's nitty-gritty stuff, the grounding of great journalists – but with social media and a hi-tech digital editing suite.

Your degree will be double-accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association. So you'll do at least three weeks of good-quality work experience. That's a crucial part of studying with us. With our impressive network of professional journalists – we set up around 200 work placements a year – there are lots of opportunities open to you. So by the time you start looking for work, you'll already have an impressive portfolio under your belt.

And the practical skills build on an essential bedrock of theory. You'll learn about media law, history, ethics and standards. We want you to be the complete package – knowledgeable and questioning, skilled and rigorous. The kind of journalist the world needs.

 

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The best in the business

Our staff know their stuff. Many are professional journalists who have worked in all areas of journalism, from local newspapers to Fleet Street, from small radio stations to network television. Others are internationally acclaimed academics.

Tutors spend a lot of time here. Long, long hours. So you can ask for advice and talk through your ideas.

We also give regular formal feedback on all your work, and back this up with one-to-one support for your coursework. This is a challenging course – we make no bones about that – but we're committed to getting you to the top of your game.

We put our all into making this the best learning experience for you. And for four of the past five years we've topped the National Student Survey, with some of the highest scores achieved by any journalism department in the country.

Every major league table – the Times, Guardian and Complete university guides – puts us in the UK top five. And the course is double-accredited by professional bodies for the media industry: the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association.

 

Your future's wide open

In just three years, you'll have acquired an impressive range of journalistic skills – copy writing, shorthand, interviewing techniques, IT skills, design and production skills, and much much more.

But what if you decide journalism isn't your thing? Studying journalism at Sheffield doesn't limit you to one career path. It sets you up for any career where communication is valued, which means your career options are wide open.

Transferable skills to give you the edge

Our BA in Journalism Studies develops a raft of personal qualities and transferable skills that employers prize highly. These are just some of them. You'll be:

  • confident and self-reliant – able to find information and see an idea through
  • a strong communicator – a skilled writer who can make complex information accessible
  • a people person – good at interacting with a wide range of people
  • a switched-on, critical thinker with high ethical standards
  • IT-literate – fluent in the latest media software and able to make the most of online media channels
  • a leader and team player
  • full of original ideas
  • brilliant at working to deadlines

So what are our graduates doing?

Many are working in journalism and other parts of the media industries all over the UK. Others have gone on to successful careers in a diverse range of fields – from public relations and political research to construction and teaching. All have found their training and experiences invaluable.

Careers data and graduate stories

 

What next?

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If you have any other queries about studying journalism at Sheffield, please get in touch. You can email jnladmissions@sheffield.ac.uk or find us on Twitter or Facebook.

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