City University London

Course Introduction

City's Department of Journalism is widely regarded as a leader in its field. Our record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism is unrivalled. We enjoy close links with those working in the media, many of whom give student lectures and workshops. Our state'of'the'art multimedia studios and newsrooms were opened in 2009 after a '12 million refit. . More than 5,000 alumni are working as journalists and media professionals in the UK and internationally. We also benefit from state'of'art facilities including multimedia studios and newsrooms. Our central London location, links to media and extensive alumni network serve as a great platform. Employers will always value a good university degree. It is important for students not only to choose the best degree programme, but also to have confidence that they are joining a world'class network and a globally recognised brand. Recent graduates have found work at the BBC, The Times, The Sun, the Financial Times, Women's Fitness, Reuters, Mumsnet and websites and magazines in the UK and abroad. Students have the option to spend their third year studying with one of our many foreign exchange partners in destinations including Canada, Australia, the USA, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain, extending their degree to four years. It is also possible to spend this year doing work placements or paid work in the industry, which is useful for building experience and contacts.

Course Modules

Year 1: Core modules: introduction to journalism; history of journalism; 5 of the following optional modules: introduction to journalism 1; history of journalism; European studies; a foreign language; introductory social science courses. Year 2: Core modules: introduction to journalism 2; print and radio production; shorthand; structure of government; 2 from the following optional modules: history of journalism 2; a foreign language; British magazines; web creation and design. Year 3: Core modules: advanced practical journalism print; advanced practical journalism broadcast; media law and ethics; journalism project (print, broadcast, or web); 2 optional modules from: international news; specialism; history of journalism project; journalism and society project.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCCC-BBBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 75%
  • International Baccalaureate 35
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Award
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Extended Diploma

Key Course Information

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57% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 23%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 72%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 68%

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 75
Studying 5
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 10
Unknown 10

25% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 36%

Total Coursework: 63%

Total Practical: 1%

£7,800 - £10,000
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£5,500 - £7,800
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