Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Journalism

Why study at Roehampton

  • Practise and analyse different types of journalism, with a particular emphasis on magazine and multimedia production.
  • Strong links with leading media organisations and valuable work experience opportunities.
  • Highly-rated learning resources (National Student Survey results 2014).
  • Best new university in London for research (Times Higher Education 2014 REF Results).

You will have the opportunity to do work experience in the media industry – past students worked at the BBC, Sky, MTV, the Independent, the Daily Express, OK! and Vogue

This course will develop your skills to produce news and features for a variety of communication channels such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, the internet and social media. 

You will look at different aspects of the fast-paced journalism industry, and learn how it helps to shape public opinion and popular culture. You will learn how to conduct interviews, check facts, as well as write hard-hitting news stories and investigative reports for topics such as politics and sports.

More details

This course offers you a unique chance to practice and analyse journalism. You’ll learn what it takes to become a multi-media journalist, and will be prepared for an industry that requires new entrants to be multi-skilled.

You will primarily be based in Roehampton’s state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom, designed to give you the experience of working in a fully functioning and fast paced newsroom. Here you will discover how to write a range of different news stories, design websites and produce radio and video journalism.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore magazine and feature writing, sports and investigative journalism alongside experienced academics who have, or still currently work as journalists for the BBC, the Guardian and the Financial Times. As well as considering how journalism is produced, circulated and consumed in different social, cultural and institutional contexts. You’ll do all this from a campus that’s on the doorstep of one of the world's global creative hub.

This course is truly interactive, where you’ll take your learning outside of the classroom with visits to journalism and media organisations incorporated into the curriculum. Last year journalism students attended the European Press Prize at the Reuters headquarters.
Work experience is embedded into this course with the option of taking the Work Placement module. This means you get to take what you’ve learnt inside the classroom and apply it in the world of work, whilst building a strong CV at the same time.

Roehampton has a strong relationship with the Newsquest, who among others, publish the Wandsworth Guardian. This relationship has led to paid internships for journalism students as junior reporters.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You'll practice writing journalism and discuss the journalist’s function. You examine the role of media ownership and regulation, biased reporting, tabloid and celebrity journalism. In the single honours programme, you will also cover further aspects of practical reporting on current affairs in Britain (optional in the combined honours) and basic graphic design.

Second year

You'll extend your practical news-writing skills and explore the journalism industry, including online. This will provide a basis to consider such areas as sports journalism, feature journalism, what it takes to be an ethical reporter and how to operate within the law. You have the option to prepare your skills for work experience. In the single honours programme, you will also develop your web and multimedia design skills.

Third year

In your third year you will build upon and consolidate your knowledge of journalism with opportunities to specialise in areas of particular interest to you. You'll have the chance to develop skills in online video journalism, multimedia news and magazine journalism. Students are also able to gain work experience in the London media. You are also able to undertake an extensive piece of independent research and writing with one-to-one tutorial support.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures by journalists and other media practitioners
  • Workshops
  • Group work
  • Seminars
  • Supported independent study
  • Visits to journalism and media organisations

At Roehampton we are committed to making teaching a two-way process that stimulates questions and the exchange of ideas in a supportive environment.

    Recommended reading

    • Burns, L. (2003) Understanding Journalism, 2nd ed., London: Sage
    • Frost, C. (2002) Reporting for Journalists, London: Routledge
    • Wilson, J. (1996) Understanding Journalism: A Guide to Issues, London: Routledge
    • Campbell, V. (2004) Information Age Journalism: Journalism in an International Context, London: Arnold
    • Randall, D. (2007) The Universal Journalist, London: Pluto
    • Allan, S. (2004) News Culture, 2nd ed., Maidenhead: Open University Press
    • Keeble, R. (2001) The Newspapers Handbook, 3rd ed., London: Routledge  
    • McKay, J. (2000) The Magazines Handbook, London: Routledge

    Example modules

    • The Journalism Industry
    • Multimedia Journalism
    • Politics and the Media

    Career options

    The course will equip you to work as a journalist in different roles and platforms. Our graduates work in a range of media roles such as news reporters or writers, editors and producers on local, national and international publications, in radio and television roles.

    UCAS code

    P500

    Level

    Undergraduate

    BA Single Honours
    BA/BSc Combined Honours

    Single or Combined honours

    Entry tariff

    280 points

    General entry requirements »

    Department

    Media, Culture and Language »

    Duration

    3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time) years

    Tuition fees

    £9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

    £12,000 (2015; International) »

    Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

    Programme outline

    View the full details »

    View Key Information Set »

    Combinations

    Creative Writing [PW58] »

    Media, Culture and Identity [PP3M] »

    English Language and Linguistics [PQ5J] »

    French [RP95] »

    Spanish [PR54] »

     

    Related courses

    English Language and Linguistics »

    Film »

    Media, Culture and Identity »

    Photography »

    Further information

    Contact our Enquiries team
    enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk »
    +44 (0)20 8392 3232

    Undergraduate open day

    Saturday 11 July 2015

     
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