Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code P500
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Digital Media Journalism Media

Any questions?

Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Journalism Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2500
Email journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/undergraduate

Department of Journalism Studies

1st in the UK for journalism
The Complete University Guide 2020

UK top five for journalism
The Guardian University League Table 2020 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Course description

Good journalists need traditional skills like spotting big stories and excellent newswriting and digital skills like video editing and social media. Our staff have decades of journalistic experience and teach all these techniques expertly.

As part of your course, you'll practise journalism for real, 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 politician or a sports star.

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

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.
Join us and follow recent graduates who are working for the BBC, Press Association, Bloomberg, The Guardian and media all over the world.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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 + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate
BTEC 33
Cambridge Pre-U DDD in a relevant subject
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
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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

Third year

Core modules:

Final Project
Advanced Broadcast Journalism
Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing
Visual Journalism

Optional modules:

Free Speech and Censorship
Gender, Feminism and the Media

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.

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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Undergraduate Admissions Secretary
Department of Journalism Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2500
Email journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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