University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The Journalism and Mass Communication Department is part of the University of Westminster's School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our state'of'the'art Harrow Campus, home to one of the most varied arts and media portfolios in Europe. Our reputation for professional and practice'based education is matched by a distinguished record in academic teaching and scholarly research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) was recognised as the UK's leading media research centre. The Journalism degree offers you a cosmopolitan and creative learning culture, a global perspective on the media and a uniquely flexible structure which allows you choose your own pathway through the course and develop the specialist skills and knowledge that suit your long'term career aims.

Course Modules

Year 1: All journalism students take 2 compulsory analysis modules in the 1st year, media and society, and story, sound, image and text; these modules introduce students to the frameworks in which the media operate and some of the major theoretical tools for analysing them; they consider the place of the media in society, politics, arts and culture. Year 2: In the 1st semester, students take 2 compulsory modules, media transformations, and network society and the media; these combine theory and analysis, but also involve some fusion with production work; students then have a choice of analysis modules; students have to take at least 3 over the course of year 2 and year 3. Year 3: In the 3rd year, students take 1 extended compulsory module, final journalism project, in the media of their choice: Print, online or broadcast; students can also take a specialist journalism module (fashion, sports, arts and entertainment, or investigative and international journalism).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBB-AAA
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Award
  • OCR Certificate for IT Professionals
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units) D
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) D2
  • OCR Diploma for IT Professionals
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD

Key Course Information

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73% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 73%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 89%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

90% Go on to work and/or study

In work 70
Studying 15
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 10
Unknown 0

23% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 3%

Total Coursework: 91%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation