This degree is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism, media and communications.
Journalism education at City has a real-world emphasis. Time is spent in small workshops learning the multimedia skills required for a career in 21st century journalism: from writing, reporting and interviewing to social media analytics and preparing page layouts on screen.
You will learn how to write news and features, use the professional standard TV studio and make video and audio packages and websites. Professional work experience is the key to getting a job in journalism and students are supported to arrange placements during their degree.
This is complemented by academic subjects such as history, politics and law which are delivered through lectures and seminars and assessed through examination and essays.
If you’re able to come to City in person, you will be invited to a selection day at which you can meet lecturers and students. We can find out more about you and your reasons for wanting to study journalism and you will have an opportunity to find out more about studying journalism at City, University of London. If you’re applying from outside the UK, we can schedule an interview by Skype or telephone.
We welcome applications from under-represented backgrounds, mature students, and those who can demonstrate aptitude and experience of media and journalism in its broadest sense. Those predicted lower grades but who can show evidence of involvement or aptitude in journalism may be considered for interview. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire.
A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 Level 3 including at least 27 at distinction and the remaining 18 at merit. The Access qualification should be supplemented by at least a grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.
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 of London offers pathway programmes in a range of academic subjects and English language to help you prepare for degree-level study at City. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.
INTO City courses are validated by City, University of London providing assurance of the quality and standards of education.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.
International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, 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:
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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 or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of 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 institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions 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 of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
Your application for entry in September 2021 should arrive at UCAS between September 2020 and 15th January 2021. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2021 will be considered only at City’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.
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.
* The fee for this course in 2020/21 was £9,250 for each year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed.
** In 2020/21 the fee was £17,510 for the first year of study. Fees for students commencing study in 2021/22 are to be confirmed. The institution reserves the right to increase your tuition fees annually to take account of the institution's increased costs of delivering educational services. The increase will normally be 2% but this is kept under review with reference to the RPI. If the institution intends to increase your tuition fees you will be advised of this alongside the published entry fee.
Students talk about what it is like to study BA in Journalism
If you are interested in applying for the BA Journalism but cannot make it to an Open Day, you may be able to register for one of our upcoming online sessions for prospective students.
Students are encouraged to develop their practical skills through work experience and student journalism at City. Students can also choose to spend their third year undertaking a work placement or period of work.
Recent work experience and internships offered to our students include:
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:
Students have use of extensive facilities including:
The spaces were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN and students develop their professional skills in collaboration with academic and technical staff.
We operate a Guarantee Scheme for first year undergraduates which means you will be offered place in one of City's affiliated Halls if you meet the Scheme's criteria.
Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.
Chat to our current students and read their blogs to gain an insight into studying at City and learn more about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.
During the three years of your BA Journalism degree you will produce news and feature stories, audio, video and multimedia journalism regularly.
Modules are taught through a combination of:
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.
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:
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
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
The practical journalism subjects will be taught in seminars, workshops, and one-to-one copy clinics. You will undertake individual research using electronic resources and libraries and through contacting and interviewing newsworthy people. Approximate study time, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:
Graduates have gone on to work in media organisations such as the BBC, Sky News, The Sun, Metro, Associated Press, talkSPORT, MailOnline, The Economist and Men’s Health and into marketing and corporate communications for organisations such as Nike and Asos. The journalism degree can also be a gateway into postgraduate study and careers in NGOs and the Civil Service.
Visit the Journalism BA (Hons) Graduate Destinations to learn more about the career progression of our graduates.
Read about BA Journalism graduates Mickey and Lucy, both now working at The Economist Educational Foundation and their experiences at City.