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3-6 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree

Program description


Become the kind of journalist who can turn their hand to anything. Develop skills across the board – you’ll have news and magazine journalism at the core of your studies but you’ll be able to branch out into specialist areas from the whole of the journalism and communications spectrum. Graduate ready to meet the challenges of the industry head-on.

On BA (Hons) Journalism you will learn all the essential skills of journalism, producing content for a wide range of print and online platforms. We will teach you how to write and research news stories and feature articles; you will create video and interactive content; design newspaper, web and magazine pages; and become adept in using all the latest digital storytelling tools for websites and social media. You will also study the development of journalism and its principles and ethics.

A key element of this course is the range of optional subjects you can take, among them modules in sports writing, fashion journalism, broadcasting, public relations, podcasting, scriptwriting and investigative journalism.

Graduate with both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the industry-recognised qualification, significantly boosting your employability.

Admission requirements

CBSE, ICSE, State Boards - 65% in Class 12

10+II (Senior School Certificate) - 60% or above

3 Year Diploma - 60% or above

English Language Requirements

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. The standard of English language required varies between courses so please check each course page carefully.

If English is not your first language you should have at least one of the following qualifications (or equivalent) as a minimum.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

You need an overall score of 6.0, with at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) will also be accepted if the applicant’s element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Essential Journalism
  • Essential journalism toolkit – learn what a journalist does and how you can get started.
  • Media Histories
  • Look at how we came to be where we are today. Trace the development of mass communication from the birth of printing to the multi-platform digital media of the 21st century.
  • Feature Writing
  • If you love the work of such journalists as Caitlin Moran or Charlie Brooker, this is the module for you. Come here to find your voice as a writer!
  • Essential Media Law and Regulation
  • Learn laws such as copyright, privacy and libel along with the ethical regulations which are essential for every professional journalist.
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Develop skills in non-traditional storytelling techniques for an online audience.
  • Optional modules (choose one):
  • Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as Magazine Writing, Fashion Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, Podcasting, Scriptwriting, Broadcasting, Media Theory.

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Journalism and PR Studies
  • What influences the way journalists work? And how does journalism shape our world? Do some original research on a subject of your choice.
  • Video Journalism
  • Develop skills in shooting and editing video to create compelling content for online audiences.
  • Design and Production Journalism
  • Learn professional skills, using the latest software, to experiment with design for print and digital platforms.
  • Essential for creating magazines. Newsroom
  • Get published and build your portfolio by finding, researching, interviewing and writing news stories in our state-of-the-art mediaHUB.
  • Public Affairs Reporting
  • Discover how your public services work, learn the skills needed to uncover great stories and call to account those in power.
  • Optional modules (choose one):
  • Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as Magazine Writing, Fashion Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, Podcasting, Scriptwriting, Broadcasting, Media Theory. Shorthand (0 credits) Learn Teeline, the system of rapid handwriting used by journalists to quickly capture the spoken word. Aim for 100 words per minute, the industry standard.

Final year :

  • Multi-Platform News
  • Work on gathering original work for your portfolio using a range of journalistic styles.
  • Journalism Placement and Employability
  • Create an interactive CV, learn how to win jobs through interview techniques, and gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement. Develop your own magazine feature for publication with words, photos and video under real-world pressure.
  • Media Ethics
  • Examine the daily dilemmas and global challenges facing journalists.
  • Journalism Practical Project
  • Bring all your skills and knowledge together as you plan and produce a major piece of independent work. That could be a magazine, a series of in-depth articles or a website.
  • Optional modules (choose one):
  • Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as Magazine Writing, Fashion Journalism, Public Relations, Sports Journalism, Podcasting, Scriptwriting, Broadcasting, Media Theory.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, Please visit university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The full-time annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from theUK/Europe*
  • £12,500 if you are an international student

Career opportunities

This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, public relations and new media industries. It is also highly relevant to many positions in industry, commerce and the Civil Service, as well as to jobs in the arts and voluntary sectors.

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University of Sunderland

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SR1 3SD Sunderland

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