Course summary

This is a practice-based course with a strong academic background. It is focused on teaching multimedia and online techniques alongside traditional journalistic skills such as research, reporting and writing.

You will be taught by professional journalists and internationally renowned academics and, as well as enabling you to become a better journalist, the course will also equip you with transferable skills that will help you whatever media career path you choose. Our students have a very high success rate in gaining employment in the media industries, and recent graduates have gone on to network radio, national newspapers and magazines, respected websites, top PR agencies and major television companies.

The course has creativity, flexibility, innovation and entrepreneurship at its core. It focuses on online and cross-media skills throughout, since they are now central to everything modern journalists do, not just an add-on or afterthought.

There are three key strands to the course:

  • Journalism practice, which focuses on key journalistic skills, production techniques, and a final project module including running a live online site.
  • Journalism in context, which helps students to understand the social, political, economic, legal, regulatory and ethical contexts within which journalists operate.
  • Media and communications research, which develops students’ understanding of the social and cultural uses of mediated communication.

The Journalism BA has a flexible structure which, while it focuses on core journalistic and critical and analytic skills, also allows students to choose specialist options and take control of their studies.

Learning takes place through a combination of face-to-face teaching and independent study, including lectures and seminars, practical workshops, group and individual projects, and presentations.

The majority of assessment is of coursework, including journalistic news stories and features, video and audio packages, multimedia stories, blogs and blog posts, and research reports and industry case studies.

Entry Requirements

UK

One of the following (or equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - BBB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

EU/International

  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing.

Careers

Career path

Our students graduate with the skills they need to find work in traditional news media and publishing organisations, often on the online side, at the newer generation of online-only journalistic outlets and at trade and B2B publications.

But they are also well suited to work in the creative media in general, in fields like broadcast-based research and production and traditional PR and marketing. And many now find work in the online content creation sector. This could encompass everything from running social media channels for big brands, creating content for branded websites and online community building to sponsored content and native advertising and online and digital marketing.

Some of our graduates stay in academia, pursuing postgraduate and doctorate-level study and the course allows students with interests in this area to specialise in theory to prepare themselves better for research in this area.

Our recent graduates have found work at The Guardian, The Independent, The BBC, CNN, Radio One Newsbeat, Al-Jazeera, Buzzfeed, The Evening Standard, The Huffington Post, Google News, Cosmopolitan, Sky Sports News, T3, The Week, Grazia, Bloomberg, T3, Music Week, Share Radio, MSN UK and India Today.

Some work in online content and marketing for companies like Topshop and ASOS. Others have started their own media sites and businesses – for example Wareable and the data journalism non-profit Hei-Da.org.

Career development centre

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated July 12, 2019
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international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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