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Why study at Roehampton

  • Roehampton is one of the top two universities in London for Journalism and among the top 15 in the country (Guardian University Guide 2016).
  • 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. 
  • 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).

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.

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.

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.

What our students say

"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.

Career options

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.
UCAS code

P500

Level

Undergraduate

BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single or Combined honours

Entry tariff

2017 entry: 112 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »

Department

Media, Culture and Language

Duration

3 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£9,250 (2017; UK/EU)»

£12,500 (2016; International)»

Cash scholarships and bursaries available»

Key Information Set

Key Information Set

Combinations

Creative Writing [PW58] »

English Language and Linguistics [PQ5J] »

Media, Culture and Identity [PP3M] »

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Undergraduate open day

Saturday 8 July 2017