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Undergraduate courses

Journalism

Why study at Roehampton

  • The opportunity to practise and analyse different types of journalism across a variety of platforms, with a particular emphasis on multimedia production.
  • Strong links with leading media organisations and valuable work experience opportunities for students.
  • 94% students are satisfied with our excellent learning resources.

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

Some call it a “mission”, others have said it’s “the best job in the world”. Whatever your view journalism is part of everyday life producing information, opinion and entertainment for the public via different platforms, from the morning newspaper column to blink-and-you-miss-it half-line stories on the social networks. This course gives students the opportunity to discover the fast-paced journalism industry. You will develop the skills and experience ready for a career in a thrilling multimedia environment.

The programme offers you a unique chance to analyse and practise journalism. You learn the basics of becoming a multi-media journalist, to prepare for an industry that requires new entrants to be multi-skilled. You don’t need technical skills already to study Journalism at Roehampton, but you should be interested in the news and passionate about the unfolding world of digital journalism.

Working primarily in our newsroom, you will discover how to write a range of different news stories, design websites on the single honours, and produce radio and video journalism. You will also have the opportunity to explore magazine and feature writing, sports and investigative journalism alongside experienced journalists – some who have worked for the BBC, the Guardian and the Financial Times, and academics who are experts in their specialism. And you will do this in London, one of the world's great capitals and a global creative hub.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You practise 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 cover further aspects of practical reporting on current affairs in Britain (optional in the combined honours) and basic graphic design.

Second year

You 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 develop web and multimedia design skills.

Third year

You build upon and consolidate your knowledge of journalism with opportunities to specialise in areas of particular interest. You 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.

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Projects
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation work
  • Practical exams

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

  • Magazine Journalism
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Investigative Journalism

Career options

Our graduates have worked in a range of media roles, including: news reporters and writers on local, national and international publications, as well as radio, television and multimedia producers.

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

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Combinations

Creative Writing [PW58] »

Media, Culture and Identity [PP3M] »

English Language and Linguistics [PQ5J] »

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Further information

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

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