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BA (Hons) |
City's Journalism BA (Hons) degree provides highly relevant education and proficiency in print, broadcast and online journalism and relevant studies in humanities such as politics and the history of journalism.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years or 4 years with a work placement option or study abroad.



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £16,500 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 1 September 2016

Until 15 January 2017

Who is it for?

This degree is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism.


Journalism education at City has a real-world emphasis.

This course prepares graduates for the best jobs in the sector. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen and producing news and feature stories.

Journalism is concerned with the clear communication of information and ideas. This course provides students with a firm grasp of a wide range of multimedia platforms. These technologies, both old and new, affect how stories are identified, researched and presented. Students develop enduring journalistic attributes, including a critical understanding of historical background, analytical ability and intellectual curiosity, inherent in a university education.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Other suitable qualifications


Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' level offer reduced by one grade.

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, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers:

These courses offer 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 6.0 in each component.

English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner 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. Find out more about:

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; 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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University’s discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

digital newsrooms that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
of Journalism graduates were in employment after 6 months
City is ranked 9th in the UK for Journalism in the Complete University Guide 2017

The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship

Student views

Students talk about what it is like to study BA in Journalism


There are many opportunities to develop skills and gain experience through student journalism at City.

Students can also choose to spend their third year undertaking a work placement or period of work experience in industry.

Recent work experience and internships offered to our students include:

  • AFP (live commentaries on the Rugby World Cup 2015, and Football World Cup 2014)
  • Sky News
  • Sky Sports
  • The Times
  • Reuters
  • The Telegraph
  • The Mail Online
  • Men's Health Magazine - journalist internship
  • Prospect Magazine
  • New York Times summer internships

Study abroad

The department has partnerships with many international institutions and you may have the opportunity to spend your third year studying abroad. We have strong links with Universities such as:

Please note these partnerships and their programmes may be subject to change.

See profiles of some of our Journalism students who have been part of study abroad programmes:

Academic facilities

Students have use of extensive facilities including:

  • a television studio
  • 4 radio studios
  • 2 radio broadcast newsrooms
  • 2 digital newsrooms
  • 2 TV editing and production newsrooms.

The spaces were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITM and students develop their professional skills in collaboration with academic and technical staff.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City University London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

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.

During the three years of your BA Journalism degree 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


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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 2: 33%
  • Year 3: 67%


Some modules are assessed completely by coursework, while others require a combination of coursework and examination.

Coursework includes news reports and features in all media formats, presentations, portfolio content, individual and group projects and essays

Year 1

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

Core modules include:

  • History of journalism
  • The British media
  • Introduction to journalism
  • Politics and current affairs
  • Foreign language.

Year 2

Core modules include:

  • Multimedia production
  • Writing and reportage
  • Power without responsibility

In the second year, Journalism students can also choose from a wide range of options such as visual journalism, data journalism, humanitarian communication, sports journalism, political scandals and shorthand.

Year 3

Core modules include:

  • Advanced practical journalism: broadcast
  • Advanced practical journalism: print or online
  • Journalism project (print, broadcast or web) or a dissertation
  • Media law and ethics

Third year elective modules include:

  • International news
  • Advanced photo journalism
  • Reporting science and the environment
  • Arts and culture
  • Fashion and lifestyle reporting.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have gone on to work at the BBC, BBC World Service, BBC Sport, The Sun, Metro, Associated Press, Argus Media, The Daily Express and Daily Star websites, the Cabinet Office Digital Media Team, the Economist Educational Foundation, Middle East Eye, The Stage and other websites and magazines in the UK and abroad.

Visit the Journalism BA (Hons) Graduate Destinations to learn more about the career progression of our graduates.

90% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats

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