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Journalism BA (Hons)

City, University of London
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

Program description

Journalism BA (Hons)

Journalism at City has a real-world emphasis. You’ll spend time 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.

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.

We’ll help you get ahead in this competitive sector by helping you organise professional work experience as part of your degree.

Recent work experience includes: Sky News and Sky Sports, The Times, Prospect Magazine and New York Times summer internships.

  • Learn how to write news and features, use the professional standard TV studio, and make video and audio packages and websites
  • Develop your skills in professional facilities, including a television studio, four radio studios, two radio broadcast newsrooms, two digital newsrooms, and two TV editing and production newsrooms
  • Benefit from our extensive links with media organisations in London, nationally and internationally
  • Join a global network of over 5,000 media professionals who began their journalism career at City.

Admission requirements


  • A-level: ABB
  • Tariff: 128 UCAS tariff points
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points including 5 in all Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language and Mathematics in addition to other outlined requirements.

Mixed qualifications

Typically the only scenario where we make conditional offers expressed as UCAS tariff points is when an applicant presents mixed qualifications, most typically a combination of A Levels and a BTEC qualification.

In this instance, we may make a tariff point offer to present the applicant with more flexibility on equivalencies. In this case, please be aware that we may still ask for a specific score across certain qualifications and subjects. E.g. 'This offer is conditional on you achieving 128 tariff points. This must include A Level Mathematics at grade B.'

Subject exclusions

We do not accept General Studies and Critical Thinking. These subjects will not be included in any conditional offer we make.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We welcome applications from students who are completing relevant EPQ Projects. Whilst we recognise the value of these projects in preparing students for independent learning at university, the EPQ is unlikely to form part of any conditional offer we make.

The EPQ will also not lower the specifics of any conditional offer we choose to make. We will consider the EPQ as part of the holistic assessment of the application and it could be used to form part of our final decision at Confirmation stage.


Secondary school diploma. The exact requirements from the above qualification differ between courses. Please contact Admissions to confirm the requirements for your course of interest.

Visa Requirements

International Students 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:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2021 and EEA nationals joining from January 2022
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to News Writing
  • History of Journalism
  • Politics and Current Affairs
  • The British Media
  • Introduction to Digital Journalism
  • Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism

Year 2

  • Audio and Video Journalism
  • Feature Writing
  • Online and Social Media Journalism
  • Power without Responsibility
  • Employability and Enterprise Skills for Journalism
  • Shorthand
  • Visual Journalism
  • Humanitarian Reporting
  • Sports Journalism
  • Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Reading London 2
  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Politics of the USA

Year 3

  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Advanced Practical Journalism (Print/Online)
  • Advanced Practical Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism Project
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism
  • Arts and Culture Journalism
  • Reporting Business
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Literary Journalism
  • Political Change in Europe
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism: Global Perspectives
  • Writing Women
  • Place and Space
  • Reporting conflict


You can undertake a one year work placement whilst completing the programme. This is possible through joining the Integrated Professional Training Programme, which is a sandwich year that is taken years 2 and 3, extending the degree to four years.

Program delivery

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years with placement or study abroad year

Tuition fees

Fees for year 2021/22

  • UK: £9,250
  • Overseas/EU: £17,860

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.

Career opportunities

Our students enjoy access to a wide range of career development and employment opportunities thanks to our London location and our outstanding connections in the media.

Our Journalism BA Honours graduates have gone on to work in media organisations such as:

  • the BBC
  • Sky News
  • The Sun
  • Metro
  • Associated Press
  • talkSPORT
  • MailOnline
  • The Economist
  • Men’s Health.

Others go on to work in rewarding and creative careers in marketing and corporate communications for organisations such as Nike and Asos.

The course can also be a gateway into:

  • postgraduate study
  • careers in NGOs and the Civil Service.

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City, University of London

Northampton Square, Clerkenwell
EC1V 0HB London

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