About this program
BA (Hons) Journalism
Do you want to study the UK's best Journalism undergraduate degree? Our BA (Hons) Journalism course was awarded the Best Performing Undergraduate Course for 2017–18 and 2018–19 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This is based on the number of students gaining the Gold Standard for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
The profession of journalism has evolved rapidly over the last few years and the skills you need to excel as a journalist have changed. If you want to hold those in power to account and keep the public informed, educated and entertained, this BA (Hons) Journalism degree course prepares you for a career in this field.
From learning how to podcast, layout magazine spreads and create video reports to the important skills of uncovering and writing breaking stories to deadline, you'll learn how to make the most of everything that today's 24-hour rolling news culture throws at you.
Whether your interests lie in news reporting, coverage of sport or reviewing the latest films and music, you'll develop the essential skills and experience to send you to the top of any editor's wish list.
- A levels – BBB–BBC
- UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DMM–DDM
- International Baccalaureate – 25
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Academic and Professional Skills
- Digital Skills for Journalists
- Ethical Perspectives on Current Affairs
- Journalism in Context
- Law for Journalists
- Feature Writing and News Analysis
- Government in Britain
- Smartphone Journalism
- Social Journalism Theory
- CCI Self-Employed Placement – Full Year
- CCI Work Placement – Full Year
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
- Factual Media Production
- Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
- Press and Public Relations
- Smartphone Journalism
- Student Enterprise
- Newsroom Production
- Dissertation/Major Project (Journalism)
- Film, Media and Communication Study Placement – Full Year
- Journalism Special Investigation
- Digital Media and Democracy
- Global Journalism and Human Rights
- Money, Government and Power
- Writing and Producing Magazines
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- 3 years full-time
- 4 years sandwich with work placement
- For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250
- For International students: £15,500
Having a Journalism degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism gives you many career options.
What can you do with a Journalism degree?
Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:
- national, regional and local newspapers
- radio and television stations
- online publications
- public relations
- corporate communications and marketing
- digital marketing and social media
What jobs can you do with a Journalism degree?
Roles they've gone on to include:
- trainee reporter
- social media editor
- campaign assistant
- public relations account executive
- digital marketing executive
- sports reporter
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About this institute
University of Portsmouth
Join us at the UK's only island-city! At Portsmouth, we have five faculties: Business and Law, Science, Creative and Cultural Industries, Humanities, and Technology. Our highest ranking courses are in the field of Biology, but we also have a long...
Why study at University of Portsmouth
Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.
Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.
The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.
The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.
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