Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This is a practice-based course with a strong academic background. It is focused on teaching multimedia and online techniques alongside traditional journalistic skills such as research, reporting and writing.

You will be taught by professional journalists and internationally renowned academics and, as well as enabling you to become a better journalist, the course will also equip you with transferable skills that will help you whatever media career path you choose. Our students have a very high success rate in gaining employment in the media industries, and recent graduates have gone on to network radio, national newspapers and magazines, respected websites, top PR agencies and major television companies.

The course has creativity, flexibility, innovation and entrepreneurship at its core. It focuses on online and cross-media skills throughout, since they are now central to everything modern journalists do, not just an add-on or afterthought.

There are three key strands to the course:

  • Journalism practice, which focuses on key journalistic skills, production techniques, and a final project module including running a live online site.
  • Journalism in context, which helps students to understand the social, political, economic, legal, regulatory and ethical contexts within which journalists operate.
  • Media and communications research, which develops students’ understanding of the social and cultural uses of mediated communication.

The Journalism BA has a flexible structure which, while it focuses on core journalistic and critical and analytic skills, also allows students to choose specialist options and take control of their studies.

Learning takes place through a combination of face-to-face teaching and independent study, including lectures and seminars, practical workshops, group and individual projects, and presentations.

The majority of assessment is of coursework, including journalistic news stories and features, video and audio packages, multimedia stories, blogs and blog posts, and research reports and industry case studies. 

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Digital First: Introduction to Producing Online/Multimedia Journalism
  • Introduction to Consumer and Lifestyle Journalism
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Journalism: Stories and Histories
  • Media and Globalisation
  • Media and Society
  • News, Features, Comment

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Journalism, Politics and the Media
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Pitch, Produce, Publish: Creating Modern Magazines
  • Theories of Media and Communication
  • Researching Media and Communication
  • Specialist Journalism (students choose from pathways on Fashion Journalism, Sports Jounalism, International Journalism and Literary Journalism)
  • Multimedia Storytelling and Production (students choose from Broadcast and Online pathways)

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Dissertation
  • Extended Essay
  • Final Journalism Project
  • Media Futures
  • Specialist Journalism (students choose from pathways on Arts and Entertainment Journalism, Technology and Video Games Journalism and Investigative and Data Journalism)

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - BBB excluding General Studies
  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 36 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing. Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate - 28 points (including a minimum of 5 in Higher English)

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in writing. Selected candidates will be interviewed by staff and students.

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Careers

Our students graduate with the skills they need to find work in traditional news media and publishing organisations, often on the online side, at the newer generation of online-only journalistic outlets and at trade and B2B publications.

But they are also well suited to work in the creative media in general, in fields like broadcast-based research and production and traditional PR and marketing. And many now find work in the online content creation sector. This could encompass everything from running social media channels for big brands, creating content for branded websites and online community building to sponsored content and native advertising and online and digital marketing.

Some of our graduates stay in academia, pursuing postgraduate and doctorate-level study and the course allows students with interests in this area to specialise in theory to prepare themselves better for research in this area.

Our recent graduates have found work at The Guardian, The Independent, The BBC, CNN, Radio One Newsbeat, Al-Jazeera, Buzzfeed, The Evening Standard, The Huffington Post, Google News, Cosmopolitan, Sky Sports News, T3, The Week, Grazia, Bloomberg, T3, Music Week, Share Radio, MSN UK and India Today.

Some work in online content and marketing for companies like Topshop and ASOS. Others have started their own media sites and businesses – for example Wareable and the data journalism non-profit Hei-Da.org.

The course is well respected within the news media business and regularly hosts talks by high-level professional journalists. Our network of alumni, especially our recent graduates, keep our connections with industry current and up to date and we often bring them in to teach students and offer advice on building their careers.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. For more details, visit our Harrow Campus page.

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Interview with Journalism BA Graduate

 

Interview with University of Westminster Journalism BA Honours graduate and Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Newsbeat, Jimmy Blake.

Contact us

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