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On BA (Hons) Journalism you will learn all the essential skills of journalism, producing content for a wide range of print and online platforms. We will teach you how to write and research news stories and feature articles; you will create video and interactive content; design newspaper, web and magazine pages; and become adept in using all the latest digital storytelling tools for websites and social media. You will also study the development of journalism and its principles and ethics.
A key element of this course is the range of optional subjects you can take, among them modules in sports writing, fashion journalism, broadcasting, public relations, podcasting, scriptwriting and investigative journalism.
Graduate with both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the industry-recognised qualification, significantly boosting your employability.
Get to know Spark, Fashion North, Northern Lights, SR News, and Sportsbyte, our students' award-winning websites for local news, local sport, fashion and arts and entertainment.
Teaching methods include lectures, news days, seminars, workshops and group projects. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with regional employers and industry organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to carry out regular guest lectures and classes.
Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
In the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism and give you an understanding of Media Law and the latest digital storytelling techniques – it’s a great chance to see what kind of journalism suits you best.
During the second and third years, you’ll study topics in more depth. You’ll experience our Newsroom in action, learn how to do newspaper, web and magazine design, develop your online skills in Multi-Platform News, and consider some of biggest global challenges facing journalism in Media Ethics. You’ll also undertake a shorthand course free of charge. Throughout your study you can add to your skillset with optional modules such as Magazine Writing, Sports Writing, Investigative Journalism and Public Relations.
In your final year, you will go on a placement at any kind of journalism or communications organisation and you’ll undertake a project – a large-scale piece of journalism which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.
If you study this course on a part-time basis, you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Essential journalism toolkit – learn what a journalist does and how you can get started.
Look at how we came to be where we are today. Trace the development of mass communication from the birth of printing to the multi-platform digital media of the 21st century.
If you love the work of such journalists as Caitlin Moran or Charlie Brooker, this is the module for you. Come here to find your voice as a writer!
Learn laws such as copyright, privacy and libel along with the ethical regulations which are essential for every professional journalist.
Develop skills in non-traditional storytelling techniques for an online audience.
Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as Magazine Writing, Fashion Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, Podcasting, Scriptwriting, Broadcasting, Media Theory.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
What influences the way journalists work? And how does journalism shape our world? Do some original research on a subject of your choice.
Develop skills in shooting and editing video to create compelling content for online audiences.
Learn professional skills, using the latest software, to experiment with design for print and digital platforms. Essential for creating magazines.
Get published and build your portfolio by finding, researching, interviewing and writing news stories in our state-of-the-art mediaHUB.
Discover how your public services work, learn the skills needed to uncover great stories and call to account those in power.
Learn Teeline, the system of rapid handwriting used by journalists to quickly capture the spoken word. Aim for 100 words per minute, the industry standard.
Work on gathering original work for your portfolio using a range of journalistic styles.
Create an interactive CV, learn how to win jobs through interview techniques, and gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement. Develop your own magazine feature for publication with words, photos and video under real-world pressure.
Examine the daily dilemmas and global challenges facing journalists.
Bring all your skills and knowledge together as you plan and produce a major piece of independent work. That could be a magazine, a series of in-depth articles or a website.
Our typical offer is
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
If successful you will be required to attend an applicant day where you will have a short informal interview with an academic member of staff.
The annual, full-time fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time students are £6,935 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, public relations and new media industries. It is also highly relevant to many positions in industry, commerce and the Civil Service, as well as to jobs in the arts and voluntary sectors.
Real-world experience – right on campus
Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle journalists, get advice from former Sky News journalists and see a newsroom in action at Made in Tyne & Wear, a professional TV station run from our Media Centre.
You have the opportunity to be actively involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 community radio station. Spark has won many awards including four golds at the Student Radio Awards 2012, and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East. Students are responsible for all news-gathering, programme production and advertising.
Superb industry links
Be inspired by our academics and their strong industry contacts. Our experienced academics have years of industry expertise at high levels in print, online and broadcasting, including the BBC, Daily Mirror, Grazia, Private Eye and Sky.
Meet regional and national high-profile journalists such as Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University, and ITV News Correspondent Alastair Stewart. Both regularly visit the University along with a host of experienced journalists to give insight into the industry via masterclasses and lectures.
Broaden your horizons with inspiring trips – recently, students have enjoyed visits to Dusseldorf and to MediaCityUK.
You will undertake a work placement module in your final year, though many of our students arrange placements across three years. Recent BA (Hons) Journalism student placements include the Guardian, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail. These placements are often the first step to a dream job in journalism.
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Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board:
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