Journalism (BA)

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  • Hands-on, practical training in news and feature writing, magazine production, radio, podcasts, video and social media.
  • Learning from an international team of highly experienced journalists, industry experts and media scholars, you will develop your own portfolio, including blogs, in-depth articles and multimedia projects.
  • The opportunity to apply to spend a year working in the industry before completing your studies.
  • We bring special guests from the worlds of media, culture, business, politics and social activism to campus.
  • 93% of BA Journalism students are satisfied with their course at Roehampton – the highest in London (NSS 2020).
  • Our new, state-of-the-art media facilities offer two newsrooms that replicate real working environments.

Summary

Whether you want to work as a journalist, learn about the world of media or become an effective communicator in another industry, our all-encompassing BA Journalism will provide you with a springboard to success as a storyteller and content producer.

The Roehampton programme is tailored to prepare you for the modern media industry. From the basics of news reporting and the emergence of new media to the production of magazines and multimedia packages, our degree offers hands-on, practical modules that focus on the skills employers want.

You will study how journalism helps shape public opinion and popular culture, and will learn about the political, economic and legal context in which journalists produce their work.

As you learn how to research, report and develop a story, you will also be trained in how to present it in the most compelling way, using industry-standard digital tools. As you progress, you will be able to specialise and focus on subjects and formats that interest you and develop your own multimedia projects, such as podcasts or investigative reports.

You will be taught by established academics from around the world, who have extensive experience of the industry, having worked for the BBC, Reuters, the Financial Times and numerous other media companies. We also bring professional journalists and newsmakers to the campus to participate in workshops and advise students on their projects and career options.

Students looking to begin a career in journalism and communications can get a head start with modules that teach you how to prepare a CV and make contacts in the industry. Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for year-long work placements at established media companies.

On our stunning parkland campus, you can take advantage of our state-of-the-art media facilities, just a stone throw’s away from the centre of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, where you will find multiple opportunities for practice, internships and employment.

You will join a vibrant and diverse community formed by students from around the world, living and studying together in a collaborative environment.

Our BA Journalism will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical grounding you need to excel in an ever-changing and dynamic media industry.

Year One

  • Learn to prepare and conduct interviews, write news stories and complete reporting tasks.
  • Study the British media industry, examine the history of leading newspapers, and analyse the differences between broadsheets and tabloids.
  • Students will create their own blogs and learn how to edit pictures and create short videos. You can also learn a foreign language through one of our Languages For All modules.

Year Two

  • Develop your storytelling abilities, write in-depth pieces and create audio-visual content.
  • Discover the ethical dilemmas journalists face, such as where to draw the line when covering celebrities’ private lives, and learn how to report on crime.
  • You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of modules covering a number of subjects, including radio and podcasting, politics, travel and lifestyle journalism.

Year Three

  • Develop your writing, reporting and multimedia production skills to a professional level.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of magazines, learning how to conceive, develop and launch your own magazine in print and digital formats.
  • Explore multimedia journalism by building an audio-visual portfolio, or focus on the academic aspect of journalism by writing a dissertation on a subject of your choice.
  • Choose from modules where you learn about investigative reporting, television journalism and international news.

Second and third-year students can also choose career preparation and work experience modules.

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

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Journalists and the World 1
Journalists and the World 2
Visual Journalism Design
News Media and Web Journalism
Reporting Britain

Optional module:
Writing for Journalism
or any one of the "Languages for All" modules.

Combined Honours

Students wishing to take optional level 4 modules must take those in excess of the compulsory 120 credits in year one.

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

Optional module:
Writing for Journalism
Reporting Britain

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

Combined Honours

Compulsory module
Audiovisual Journalism

Optional modules
Students select their remaining credits from the following:

Issues in Journalism: Ethics & Law
Feature Writing
Travel Journalism
Radio and Podcasting
Lifestyle Journalism
Journalism, Media and Politics
Journalism Practice: Independent Project
Career Preparation*

Please note that this module can only be taken by single honoursjoint or major students.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Students must take one of the following modules:
Magazine Journalism and Production
Journalism and News Media Dissertation
Digital Portfolio


Students must take 80 credits from the following optional modules:

Optional modules:
East and West: Terror, Power and New Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Television Journalism
International Challenges and the Media
Specialist Journalism: Independent Project
Contemporary Documentary Storytelling
Work Placement 

 

 

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.

Whether you want to work in print, radio, television or online media, or become a social media influencer, our BA Journalism will provide you with the skills to pursue a broad range of career options. You could go on to work as a news reporter, writer, editor, producer, or broadcaster in local, national or international media, or you could find a different path as an independent content producer and manage your own media platforms.

Many Journalism graduates are also employed in communications, public affairs and public/media relations. A strong understanding of what makes a good story and how to build narratives and press releases is important to the communications and PR efforts of businesses, charities, political parties and pressure groups. The creative skills and journalistic nous developed over your degree will be highly valued by employers outside of the media industry. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

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.

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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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