Undergraduate study

Develop cutting-edge skills in digital reporting. Break your own news stories. Discover our world-leading research in journalism ethics, censorship, freedom of expression and more.

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Journalism Studies BA at Sheffield is a unique degree which has been rated number 1 in the UK several times by independent league tables. Join us at the top and see journalism's bigger picture.

Good journalists need traditional skills like spotting big stories and excellent news writing – and digital skills like video editing and social media. With decades of journalistic experience themselves, our expert staff teach all these techniques superbly.

But Sheffield students don't just become good journalists: they become the best.

They do this because the best journalists aren't just good at working a camera and note-taking in shorthand. The best journalists understand the difference between good and bad journalism. They grasp the responsibilities of their profession – and its rich history. They know that journalism is about right and wrong, war and peace, liberty and democracy. It’s about the life stories of people, societies, and entire continents.

And as a prestigious Russell Group university, where teaching is based on the highest-quality research, our staff are living, breathing and teaching these ideas. And that's what's special about journalism studies at Sheffield: we don't just teach you how – we show you why. The technical skills and the reasons journalism matters.

That's why Sheffield journalists are the best. Join us and follow recent graduates who are working for the BBC, Press Association, Bloomberg, The Guardian and media all over the world.

Many universities can teach you journalism. Sheffield will show you journalism's bigger picture.


Our course

More about careers with your journalism degree


Study Abroad

If you like, you can apply to spend part of your degree studying with one of our partner universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, USA and countries across Europe from Turkey to Norway.

More about Study Abroad


Foundation year

An alternative way in is through the Foundation Year option, which offers people with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree-level study. This route can be especially suitable for mature students.

BA Journalism Studies with Foundation Year


Our campus and how we use it

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Your degree may involve travelling off-campus, around or beyond Sheffield, to find and report local news for practical skills assessments.


The University of Sheffield has helped journalists see their route map through what is by any accounts the most extraordinary revolution in communication... We've had a lot to thank Sheffield for in terms of the people you've sent us.

Alan Rusbridger

Editor-in-chief, The Guardian, 1995 - 2015


Degrees with employment experience

Journalism Studies BA includes the option of a one-year placement in industry. This is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course so far and gain invaluable workplace experience. It isn’t something you apply for before you get here and they aren’t guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.

If you take the degree without this option, we'll still help you to arrange work experience placements, using our network of contacts in the media.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. This is in response to discoveries made through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. We update these web pages to reflect any changes to course content as soon as we can. If any information conflicts between these web pages and a printed brochure or prospectus, please take the information here as correct. Sometimes changes may need to be made to modules, courses, entry requirements and fees between your application and the start of your course. When these are significant in nature, we'll let you know as quickly as we can. All modules other than core modules are subject to limits on their availability, which include (but may not be limited to) class sizes and timetabling constraints.

Sheffield journalism students receiving a prize at the Magazine Academy awards

Our outstanding reputation for journalism

The Department of Journalism Studies ranks in the top 5 of all three of the UK's independent university league tables.

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