1. 2016 Entry

Journalism  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.


National Student Survey 2015: 97% of Journalism students felt their communication skills had improved whilst on the course.

City's Department of Journalism is regarded as a leader in its field, with an unrivalled record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism. 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). More than 5,000 alumni are working as journalists and media professionals in the UK and internationally.

Student views

Students on the BA (Hons) Journalism at City University London talk about the course.

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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).


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:


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, 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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
3 years or 4 years with placement or study abroad.

Course Content

The BA Journalism 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) course 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

Journalism 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, 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 three

Core modules include:

Third year elective modules include:

  • International news
  • Reporting conflict
  • Advanced photo journalism
  • Reporting science and the environment
  • Arts and culture
  • 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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


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

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.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,500 per year


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


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: 

  • 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

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

Career Prospects

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

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.

  • Find out how studying at City University London helps you to improve your job prospects.


UCAS code: P500

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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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.


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