Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is ranked number two among London universities and in the top 15 in the country for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • 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.
  • Roehampton is ranked the best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016) and the most research-intensive modern university in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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 on topics such as politics and sports.

More details

This course offers you a unique chance to practise and analyse journalism. You’ll learn what it takes to become a multimedia 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 worked, or still currently work, as journalists for the BBC, the Guardian and the Financial Times. As well as this, you will consider 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 hubs.

This course is truly interactive. 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 Newsquest, which, among other newspapers and websites, publishes the Wandsworth Guardian. This relationship has led to paid internships for journalism students as junior reporters.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You'll practise writing journalism and discuss the journalist’s function. You will examine the role of media ownership and regulation, biased reporting, and 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

    What our students say

    Jake Evans - Journalism
    "The great thing about Journalism at Roehampton is that each member of staff specialises in a different sector. Whether you’re passionate about sport, politics or current affairs, you receive guidance from experienced lecturers that have worked in that specific industry.”

    Jake Evans, combined honours Journalism and English Literature graduate, now working as a Sports Analyst in London.

    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 on various 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, and in radio and television roles.

    UCAS code




    BA Single Honours
    BA/BSc Combined Honours

    Single or Combined honours

    Entry tariff

    280 points

    General entry requirements »


    Media, Culture and Language »


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

    Tuition fees

    £9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

    £12,500 (2016; International) »

    Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

    Programme outline

    View the full details »

    View Key Information Set »


    Creative Writing [PW58] »

    English Language and Linguistics [PQ5J] »

    French [RP95] »

    Media, Culture and Identity [PP3M] »

    Spanish [PR54] »

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    Further information

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

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