Journalism (extended degree)

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  • Roehampton is one of the top three universities in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • 97% of students are satisfied with the course overall (National Student Survey 2016)
  • On our BA Journalism degree you can study and practise different types of journalism, from news reporting and feature writing to investigative journalism. Our students create blogs, podcasts, magazines, videos and multimedia stories.
  • We have strong links with leading media organisations and offer valuable work experience opportunities.
  • Journalists, editors, producers and other figures from the worlds of media, politics and culture regularly feature as guest speakers.
  • Study in our brand-new, state-of-the-art media facilities – find out more.


We will help you become a professional journalist and join the media industry. You'll learn how to tell a great story, and how to get it ready for publication in a range of different media platforms.

The extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Journalism at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

Journalism is ‘the best job in the world’ according to Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. A journalist is ‘somebody who describes the life around us for those who cannot see it for themselves’, in the words of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. On this course you will learn to do just that: telling the fascinating stories of our constantly changing world to an audience that could be as a small as a village, or as big as mankind.

At Roehampton you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to become a multimedia journalist. You will learn to produce different types of stories, from breaking news to investigative reports, from local newspapers to national magazines and from radio to the social networks. You will have the possibility to explore different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music, travel and international news.

You will also study how journalism helps shape public opinion and popular culture. You will analyse the political, economic and legal conditions in which journalists produce their stories, the structure of the media industry and current trends and developments in our profession.

The course is taught by experienced academics who have worked as journalists for the BBC, The Guardian, Reuters and the Financial Times. We have two well-equipped multimedia newsrooms, designed to give you the experience of working in a fully functioning and richly creative professional environment.

Plus, you will also have the chance to hone your skills with work experience in London’s huge media hub. You’ll be encouraged to apply your skills in a real work setting, build a strong CV and make key industry contacts. You will also have the choice to learn shorthand and a foreign language as a part of your degree.

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Communication and Representation Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Journalism which is essential for success in your degree.

In your first year, you will learn how to prepare and conduct interviews, write news stories, and complete basic reporting tasks. You will study the structure of the British media industry, examine the history, editorial direction and business models of the country’s leading newspapers, and analyse the differences between broadsheets and tabloids. You will also study the structure and functioning of the UK’s political system and the way the media report matters of public interest. Single honours students will create their own blogs and learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign. You can also learn shorthand or a foreign language.

In your second year, you'll learn how to write for online media, what you can do to make your stories more visible and effective, and how to use the social networks to reach your target audience. You will also learn how to write different types of features and will study the legal and ethical conditions regulating the work of journalists in the UK. All students will have the possibility to practise radio production and podcasting, and explore different thematic areas of journalism, such as politics, sports, music and travel.

The third year offers you the possibility to practise and refine your skills and expand your knowledge of different areas of the media industry. You will have the choice of studying the magazine industry and being part of a team creating a new magazine. Alternatively, you can explore the world of multimedia journalism, and produce a range of stories in video and multimedia formats. You can choose to study the television industry, practise investigative journalism and analyse the British media coverage of Africa and the Middle East. Students can also go on a work placement and gain that all-important experience before applying for jobs in the industry.

Here are some of the varied range of modules we currently offer:

Foundation Year

Communication for Academic Purposes 1
Communication for Academic Purposes 2
Operational Mathematics
Communication and Representation: Essentials
Communication and Representation: Advanced

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Journalists and the World 1
Journalists and the World 2
Visual Journalism Design

Optional module 
either Writing for Journalism

or any one of the "Languages for All" modules.

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Issues in Journalism: Ethics & Law
Feature Writing
Audiovisual Journalism

Optional modules:
Travel Journalism
Radio and Podcasting
Lifestyle Journalism
Journalism, Media and Politics
Journalism Practice: Independent Project Career Preparation

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Students will take 120 credits from the list of optional modules below, which must include one of the following three options:
Magazine Journalism and Production
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Digital Portfolio

Optional modules:
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism
Investigative Journalism

Television Journalism
Magazine Journalism and Production
Digital Portfolio

International Challenges and the Media
Specialist Journalism: Independent Project
Journalism and News Media Dissertation Media and the Public Sphere
Contemporary Documentary Storytelling
*Work Placement

* Please note that this module can only be taken by single honours, joint or major students


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Our graduates work as news reporters, writers, editors and producers, and in other roles, on local, national and international publications, radio, television and online media.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

We have opened a brand new media centre for 2020

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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