This degree programme is the broadest of our comprehensive suite of specialist journalism courses that lead to both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification. The combination of qualifications will significantly boost your employability as a journalist.
During the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism. You will also look at the history of journalism and explore some of the hot topics within today’s journalism industry. The first year is common to most of our journalism courses – it’s a great chance to see what kind of journalism suits you best.
During the second and third years, you will study topics in more depth, among them Multi-Platform News, Media Law and Media Ethics. You can also choose an option in a specific genre such as Magazine Writing, Sports Writing, Investigative Journalism, or Entertainments and Games Journalism. In your final year, you will go on a placement to a newspaper or online news organisation and you will undertake a project, a large-scale piece of journalism which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.
Daily Mirror Associate Editor
Sky News Political Commentator
Visiting Professor of Journalism
Throughout your time in Sunderland, you will have an outlet for your creative talents in the mediaHUB, a bustling multimedia newsroom on the top floor of our David Puttnam Media Centre that will give you a real taste of life as a working journalist. The mediaHUB runs websites covering sport, news, entertainments and fashion, provides the content for news bulletins on our award-winning Spark Radio and is responsible for writing and editing Spark magazine.
All our teaching staff have worked as senior journalists and our teaching is enhanced by our department’s cutting-edge research. Several of the key textbooks in journalism education have been written by University of Sunderland journalism lecturers.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Journalism courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Right from the start, you’ll notice Sunderland’s supportive atmosphere. We make sure that it’s easy to receive advice from tutors and there are daily drop-in sessions staffed by a rota of professional journalists.
SR News is a news, politics and current affairs website run by Journalism students:
Northern Lights is a photography, society and culture website run by Journalism students:
Student George talks about the experience of studying at the University of Sunderland and the facilities available to students from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media: