What students say about journalism
There is a practical side to the course, with news writing and feature writing, where we have the opportunity to go out and find and write real stories. The academic side is also very interesting and is the opportunity to explore the debates evolving in the industry. We are essentially assessed through coursework, with essays and practical work. In the second year, there is one exam in media law. There is a newsroom used by the third years who produce the university newspaper, The River.2nd year, Kingston University
I study journalism. The course is very hands-on and has a lot of personal study time, so you have to be really motivated to study on your own. There are some essays throughout the course, fewer exams, but lots of practical assessments. You have to be a bit outgoing for the course as shyness could lose you marks.3rd year, Edinburgh Napier University
As part of the multimedia journalism course, I've taken a number of modules, including news and features, broadcast journalism, online journalism, shorthand, media law and global current affairs. You are expected to hand in academic essays, articles, TV packages, audio features, magazine layouts and annotated bibliographies. You really are given a wide range of assignments.3rd year, Bournemouth University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- Media studies
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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- Media professionals
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Video editor
- Advertising executive
Other real-life job examples
- Web content manager
- Arts officers
What employers like about this subject
A degree in journalism will help you acquire an understanding of the practice and business of journalism; skills in journalism across multiple platforms and using a range of media and training on law and ethics. Transferable skills you can gain from the study of journalism include communication skills, research, time management and self-motivation, and these skills are sought after by employers in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, advertising, marketing and PR, IT, education and the arts.