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.
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.
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.
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
- BTECs: DDD–DMM
- Scottish Highers: AABB–BBBB
- IB: 28–35
Good subjects to have studied include:
- English language
- English literature
- Creative writing
- Media studies
- Modern languages
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)
Typical modules for courses in this subject include:
- Digital media and culture
- News and ethics
- Media law
- Professional skills
- Smartphone journalism
Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:
- Written essays
- Close textual analysis
- Final-year dissertation or special investigation
- Post-placement assessment
Courses often include lots of practical experiences learning in industry-standard facilities and on industry placements.
- Newspaper layout
- Web design
- Critical thinking
- Time management
- National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
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.
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:
- Broadcast journalist
- Social media editor
- Campaign assistant
- News editor
- Public relations account executive
- Digital marketing executive
- Publishing editor
Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:
- Broadcast Journalism MA
- International Journalism MA
- Journalism PhD
- Media, Communications and International Journalism MSc
Other subject areas that might appeal to you include:
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