Do you want to study the UK's best Journalism undergraduate degree? Our BA (Hons) Journalism course was awarded the Best Performing Undergraduate Course for 2017–18 and 2018–19 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This is based on the number of students gaining the Gold Standard for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
The profession of journalism has evolved rapidly over the last few years and the skills you need to excel as a journalist have changed. If you want to hold those in power to account and keep the public informed, educated and entertained, this BA (Hons) Journalism degree course prepares you for a career in this field.
From learning how to podcast, layout magazine spreads and create video reports to the important skills of uncovering and writing breaking stories to deadline, you'll learn how to make the most of everything that today's 24-hour rolling news culture throws at you.
Whether your interests lie in news reporting, coverage of sport or reviewing the latest films and music, you'll develop the essential skills and experience to send you to the top of any editor's wish list.
What you'll experience
On this Journalism degree course you'll:
- Put your skills into practice in our newsroom equipped with the latest hardware and software used by the press
- Work as an editorial team with other students to produce magazines, newspapers and Web articles to deadline
- Have the chance to take exams that lead to the industry-recognised National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism
- Learn from expert journalists who have experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
- Work through a programme that we've developed with input from experts working at The Sun and The Daily Mail, regional media groups such as Johnston Press, Newsquest and Trinity Mirror and national public relations agencies
- Get valuable experience and build industry contacts on a formal 10-day journalism-based work placement as part of your study
- Have the opportunity to do further work placements throughout your degree, including a 1-year placement
- Take shorthand training – you'll aim to reach writing speeds of 100 words per minute
- Expand your network by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies such as The Daily Mail, Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News and the Cabinet Office
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- essays and close textual analysis
- in-class tests
- media artefacts
- seminar presentations
- a 10,000-word dissertation or special investigation
- post-placement assessment
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework
Teaching methods on this course include:
- practical workshops
- group-based activities, including magazine, newspaper and Web page production
- work placements
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
Careers and opportunities
Having a Journalism degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism gives you many career options.
What can you do with a Journalism degree?
Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:
- national, regional and local newspapers
- radio and television stations
- online publications
- public relations
- corporate communications and marketing
- digital marketing and social media
What jobs can you do with a Journalism degree?
Roles they've gone on to include:
- trainee reporter
- social media editor
- campaign assistant
- public relations account executive
- digital marketing executive
- sports reporter
Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful freelancing careers with help and support from the University.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.