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This course gives you an understanding of the different types of Journalism, allowing you to explore and uncover your area of interest. You’ll have access to industry experts, placements, field trips and publishing opportunities that build your skills as a Journalist. Graduate with both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification, significantly boosting your employability as a journalist.
Increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on one our websites covering sport, news, entertainment and fashion. Get involved in award winning Spark Sunderland or Spark magazine, all based in our innovative mediaHUB, BBC Newcastle’s home in Sunderland and host to visiting Journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).
Teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, group projects and practical skills work. 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.
During the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism, give you an understanding of Media Law and online skills – 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, you’ll experience our Newsroom in action and consider Multi-Platform News, and Media Ethics, and undertake a shorthand course free of charge. You'll also have optional modules in specific genres 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’ll also 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.
Understand the development of the mass media from inception to present day.
Develop your writing style and learn how to communicate clearly and effectively.
What you can say and when can you say it. Essential for media professionals.
Develop skills in non-traditional storytelling techniques for an online audience.
Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as Media Photography, Magazine Writing, Fashion Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, Social Media Practice, Broadcast Journalism, TV/Radio Production, Foreign Languages, Media Theory.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine various approaches to studying journalism and PR. Shorthand Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Find interesting stories, and shoot and edit them into compelling video content.
Use professional tools and software, experiment with design for print and digital platforms.
Experience the thrill of working in a live newsroom in our state-of-the-art Media Hub.
Learn how to report power, how key organisations work and where to go to find the important stories.
Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Work on gathering a variety of original work for your portfolio using a range of journalistic styles.
Gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement and learn how news organisations work.
Explore the concepts of freedom of expression, looking at the conflicts between public interest and personal privacy.
Plan and produce a piece of independent work such as a magazine, a series of in-depth articles or a website. Shorthand Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
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Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award). We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact email@example.com
As part of our NCTJ accreditation we will also invite you to an informal interview. We’d like to hear about you, why you’re interested in journalism, and tell you a bit more about our course and what makes us special.
The annual fee for this course is:
Tuition fees for part-time home and EU students are £5,000 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 not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, find out more here.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
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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.
Recent journalism graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as Sky, MTV, The Guardian, Racing Post, ITV, Elle, regional newspapers and PR companies.
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 in our innovative mediaHUB.
You have the opportunity to be actively involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the Media Centre. 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.
Sunderland’s daily newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, has a weekly page called 'On Campus' that is written entirely by students at the University. It’s an opportunity to find and research your own stories, take photographs, meet deadlines and see your name in print
Other opportunities for real-world experience available on campus include Spark online magazine, the Fashion North website, the SR-News website, the Northern Lights website and SportsByte, which are all linked to our Journalism and Media courses.
Superb industry links
Be inspired by our academics and their strong industry contacts. Our experienced academics who have years of industry expertise at high levels in print, online and broadcasting including the BBC, Daily Mirror, Grazia, Private Eye and Sky.
Rub shoulders with 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 London fashion master classes, press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Schalke 04 in Germany.
You can undertake a work placement module during your course. Placements can be with newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV and PR companies.
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.
Join award winners
Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board.