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Journalism degrees | course guide

Study Journalism if you want to pursue a creative communications career and gain NCTJ accreditation. Use our guide to see if the subject area is for you.

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  1. What’s Journalism?

  2. What Journalism degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto a Journalism degree?

  4. What topics does a Journalism degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Journalism?

  7. What do Journalism graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as a Journalism graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Journalism

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Journalism?

Journalism degrees equip you with the tools needed for a career in media, news, advertising or communication. You’ll learn all about radio, TV and digital production and use industry-standard facilities to develop your journalistic skills. As well as practical work, you’ll critically explore the role of journalism in our society.

What Journalism degrees can you study?

Undergraduate Journalism degrees on offer in the UK include:

  • Journalism BA
  • Journalism and Communications BA
  • Journalism, Media and Culture BA

Several options include an integrated foundation year, year abroad or placement year as part of the course.

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What do you need to get onto a Journalism degree?

Most undergraduate Journalism courses ask for around 104–136 UCAS points. Not every university will base an offer on UCAS points, and some courses may have lower or higher requirements.

  • A Levels: AAB–BCC
  • Scottish Highers: AABB–BBBB
  • IB: 28–35

Good subjects to have studied include:

  • English language
  • English literature
  • Creative writing
  • Media studies
  • History
  • Modern languages
  • Sociology

Experiences that would look good on your application:

  • Volunteering, shadowing or other work experience at a local newspaper or similar environment
  • Writing for a magazine or school paper
  • Starting your own blog or vlog

Other requirements for this subject include:

  • Evidence of strong writing and communication skills (can be shown in a personal statement)
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What topics does a Journalism degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Digital media and culture
  • Photojournalism
  • News and ethics
  • Media law
  • Professional skills
  • Reporting
  • Smartphone journalism
  • Journalism

How will you be assessed?

Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:

  • Written essays
  • Close textual analysis
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Final-year dissertation or special investigation
  • Post-placement assessment

Why study Journalism?

Courses often include lots of practical experiences learning in industry-standard facilities and on industry placements.

Career-specific skills: 

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Photography
  • Newspaper layout
  • Web design
  • Interpretation
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluation

Transferable skills:

  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Flexibility
  • Communication
  • Time management

Professional accreditations:

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

What do Journalism graduates earn?

When starting as a graduate journalist, you can expect an entry-level salary of around £21,000. Some graduates start their careers in unpaid roles and internships.

The average salary for a journalist in the UK is around £33,500. Salaries can be higher than £80,000 for those in high-level positions in prestigious companies.

What jobs can you get as a Journalism graduate?

Journalism graduates go into roles working for radios, newspapers, magazines, websites and other broadcast companies. Many journalists work for companies such as the BBC, Sky Sports, Channel 4, ITV and Reach plc. Examples of roles that graduates go into:

  • Reporter
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Writer
  • Social media editor
  • Campaign assistant
  • News editor
  • Videographer
  • Photographer
  • Public relations account executive
  • Digital marketing executive
  • Publishing editor

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:

  • Broadcast Journalism MA
  • International Journalism MA
  • Journalism PhD
  • Media, Communications and International Journalism MSc
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