Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code P500
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Digital Media Journalism Media

Any questions?

Georgina Gear
Department of Journalism Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2500

Department of Journalism Studies

1st in the UK for journalism
The Times Good University Guide 2018

1st in the UK for journalism
The Guardian University Guide 2018

4th in the UK for journalism
The Complete University Guide 2018

Course description

As part of your course, you'll practise journalism every day, covering your own patch in the city. Every assignment will present a different challenge. You could be on location filming for a documentary. You may be reporting from a courtroom on the details of a criminal prosecution. Another day could find you interviewing a celebrity or a sports star.

Your work experience will enable you to build up a portfolio of work and put together a CV. Our many connections in the media industry help to open up a huge range of work experience opportunities.

We teach everything: all the relevant law, history, ethics and standards. We'll help you to develop practical skills such as research, communication and interviewing techniques. You'll get to know your chosen profession inside out and build up your own network of like-minded people.

This degree is double-accredited: by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishing Association.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB + B
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Journalism Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Introducing Journalism Studies
Journalism Skills (Part One)
Public Administration for Journalists
Researching and Reporting
Ethical Issues In Journalism
Ethics and Journalism

Second year

Core modules:

Live News Production
Broadcast Journalism
Journalism Skills (Part Two)
Media Law

Optional modules:

Alternative Media
Language and Journalism

Third year

Core modules:

Advanced Broadcast Journalism
Journalism Skills 3
Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing

Optional modules:

Dissertation in Journalism
Free Speech and Censorship
Introduction to Investigative Journalism
Introduction to Research Methods
Journalism and Political Communication
Portfolio in Broadcast Journalism
Portfolio in Online Journalism
Portfolio in Print Journalism

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 82%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 15%
Coursework 49%
Practical 36%

Department of Journalism Studies

Department of Journalism Studies

In 2015, 100% of our UK students were in work or further study six months after graduation. The Complete University Guide 2016 rates us number one in the UK for Journalism.

We produce high-calibre, multimedia professionals who practise the new journalism: ethical, digital, critical. Our teaching meets the challenges of modern journalism head on. As well as developing all the practical skills needed in the era of mobile apps and social media, you'll learn to reflect on what makes responsible, rigorous reporting. You'll be expected to know how to find things out, to take nothing at face value and to scratch below the surface.

Join us and you'll be taught by professional journalists with years of experience in TV, radio, newspapers and magazines; and by influential academic researchers with powerful international reputations, who write the textbooks that journalists learn from.

Our BA Journalism Studies degree is double-accredited: by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Professional Publishers Association.

Department of Journalism Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and work right across the media. Many begin on local newspapers and radio as junior reporters and the best move up to national or international level in roles such as editor or digital media editor. Some specialise in social media or video production. Employers include the BBC, Sky Sports, Al Jazeera, and The Wall Street Journal. Some go into public relations, teaching and other areas where communication skills are at a premium.

Student profile

All you need to know about our BA Journalism Studies course.

You could spend between three and twelve months studying at one of our European partner universities, or on a work placement overseas through Erasmus.

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Department of Journalism Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2500

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