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Journalism  BA (Hons)

City's Journalism BA (Hons) is a highly practical degree – in multimedia, print, broadcast and online journalism in conjunction with relevant academic subjects.

Overview

Graduate view: Manleen

In this short video, Manleen (a BA 2012 Journalism graduate) tells us how her time at City opened her mind to new career possibilities, leading to her current job as a production co-ordinator for FIFA TV.

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City's Department of Journalism is regarded as a leader in its field, with an unrivalled record of preparing graduates for the best jobs in the sector. More than 5,000 alumni are working as journalists and media professionals in the UK and internationally. The Department enjoys close links to those working in the media, many of whom give lectures and workshops.

City's Department of Journalism is widely regarded as a leader in its field. Our record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism is unrivalled. We enjoy close links with those working in the media, many of whom give student lectures and workshops. Our multimedia studios and newsrooms were opened in 2009 after a £12 million refit.

The Department is ranked 2nd in the UK for universities to prepare for careers in journalism (QS World University Rankings 2014).

Entry Requirements:

'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAA. Other qualification combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered
IB: 35 points
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent). More...

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year
More...

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

P500

Entry Requirements

'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAA. Other qualification combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered
IB: 35 points
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications, particularly those with relevant work experience and/or an access or foundation qualification.

Undergraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, INTO City University London offers an International Foundation Programme. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation Programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.

INTO English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information:

 

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
3 years or 4 years with placement or study abroad.

Course Content

This course is aimed at the many students who have decided to make a career in journalism. It provides practical education and proficiency in print, broadcast and online journalism as well as relevant studies in humanities such as politics and the history of journalism.

Course Structure

City's Journalism BA (Hons) has a real-world emphasis. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and producing news and feature stories. You will spend time developing online skills, using the TV studio and making video packages. At the same time you will pursue academic studies relevant to journalism and you will be taught by a wide range of lecturers who are experts within their field.

Year one

Students cover the basic principles of journalism, the history of journalism and politics and current affairs.

Core modules include:

Year two

Core modules include:

In the second year, students can also choose from a wide range of options such as Visual journalism, Data journalism, Humanitarian communication, Sports journalism, Political scandals and the media, Reporting Conflict, The Journalist in Fiction and Shorthand.

Year three

Core modules include:

Third year elective modules include International news, Sports Reporting, Advanced photo journalism, Reporting the environment, Arts and culture and Fashion and lifestyle reporting.

Coursework includes news reports and features in all media formats, presentations, portfolio content, individual and group projects and essays. Some modules are assessed completely by coursework, while others require a combination of coursework and examination.

 

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Journalism teaching has a practical emphasis. You will spend much of your time in small workshops learning skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen. You will produce news and feature stories regularly. As professional work experience is the key to getting a job in journalism, you are expected to arrange a variety of placements during your degree and we advise on setting this up.

Modules are taught through a combination of:
  • lectures and seminars
  • project work
  • reporting assignments at outside bodies (such as courts, council meetings, press conferences, public meetings)
  • timed assignments
  • lectures by visiting speakers from various journalistic, political and campaigning backgrounds
  • production of magazines/broadcast bulletins/websites
  • independent study/research/library work
  • work attachments (recorded and evaluated)
  • freelance work
  • production of portfolios of work
  • presentations to seminars
  • examinations and assignments under controlled conditions

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is weighted towards coursework, and coursework assignments are submitted weekly. Coursework is usually worth between 60 and 75 per cent of the overall module, and the examination worth 25 per cent, although this varies across modules. For the humanities courses such as politics and history, the assessment is split 50-50 between coursework and examination.

Study Abroad

You have the option to spend your third year studying with one of our many foreign exchange partners in destinations including Canada, Australia, the US, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain.

It is also possible to spend a third year out doing placements or paid work in the journalism industry. Students who undertake the year out, thus completing a four-year degree, find it extremely useful, particularly for building experience and contacts.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

Our central London location, links to media and extensive alumni network serve as a great platform. Employers will always value a good university degree. It is important for you to choose the best degree course and to feel confident that you are joining a world-class network and a globally recognised brand.

Recent work experience and internships offered to our students include: 

  • Amnesty International and Channel 4's Unreported World - invitation to free student media event
  • Ekos Global eCommerce - technology journalist/blogger opportunity (paid 4 month summer project)
  • Men's Health Magazine - journalist internship
  • Alpbach Media Academy 2014 - invitation to participate
  • London Youth Games - communications internship
  • Institute for Government - data journalism internship
  • Doctoral Scholarships at Haimen Campus of Hong Kong BU
  • Salzburg Global - internship
  • Renegade Times - writing opportunities
  • Tour of the BBC - invitation to all journalism students.

Recent graduates have found work at the BBC, The Times, The Sun, the Financial Times, Women's Fitness, Reuters, Mumsnet and websites and magazines in the UK and abroad.

Career Prospects

City's Department of Journalism has over 5,000 Alumni including Tony Gallagher (Editor, Daily Telegraph), Sophie Raworth (BBC News), Dermot Murnaghan (Sky) and Faisal Islam (Channel 4 News). Other recent graduates have found work at The Sun, the Financial Times, Women's Fitness (as Editor), Reuters, Mumsnet and websites and magazines in the UK and abroad.

Interview with BA graduate Iona Craig

Iona Craig graduated from City's BA Journalism course in 2010. Here she talks about her career as a journalist in Yemen.


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Journalism

UCAS code: P500