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
Email jnladmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/undergraduate

Department of Journalism Studies

100% of UK students in 2015 were in work or further study six months after graduation
Graduate Employment Market Statistics

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

Top 5 for journalism in the UK
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 currently 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.

Department of Journalism Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Essential Journalism

Second year

Core modules:

Live News Production
Court Reporting
Media Law for Journalists

Optional modules:

Data Driven Storytelling
Introduction to Investigative Journalism
Journalism and Political Communication
Journalism: Critical Discourse Approaches

Third year

Core modules:

Final Project
Magazine Journalism and Production

Optional modules:

Alternative Journalism
Free Speech and Censorship
History of Journalism: Continuities and Contrasts
Specialist Reporting
Television and Radio Live Production

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.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 82%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 15%
Coursework 49%
Practical 36%

Department of Journalism Studies

Department of Journalism Studies

See the bigger picture by joining the UK's number 1 journalism department. Editors know a Sheffield graduate can make a world-class journalist.

Study with us and you'll learn vital practical skills: how to spot big stories and write sparkling copy, video editing, shorthand and advanced social media. Because of our research expertise as an elite Russell Group university, you'll also discover how journalism is part of an epic social narrative about right and wrong, liberty and democracy, war and peace: about the life stories of people, societies and entire continents. We don't just teach you how, we show you why.

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 is currently 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.

Recent graduates are working for the BBC, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Press Association, Oxford University Press, magazines, radio and digital media all over the world. 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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Georgina Gear
Department of Journalism Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2500
Email jnladmissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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