BA (Hons) Journalism
In the 2017 National Student Survey, 91% of our Journalism students were satisfied with the quality of the course.
You can follow in distinguished footsteps. Our students have gone on to work in senior media positions.
What you'll learn
Our three-year course offers the complete journalistic education, covering a broad spectrum of subjects.
Sometimes you may find yourself as the working journalist, maybe on one of our own student publications or perhaps on a work placement assignment at a national media organisation.
At other times, you’ll be the entrepreneur, devising original stories and formulating ideas with business potential before pitching them to commissioning editors.
Or you could be the academic, researching subjects such as the history of journalism, its new role in society, media law, ethics and regulation.
You can choose ‘portfolio’ modules from which you gain credits towards your degree by getting your journalistic work published.
For your major project work, you can work on the development of a new publication, from the idea stage all the way through to its production - and, of course, the launch party! Or, instead, you could originate and complete a major academic research project of your choice.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.
- Academic Development
- Creative Portfolio
- Journalism Portfolio
- Narrative and Creativity
- Group Film Project
- Professional Development (Mental Wealth)
- Essential Journalism
- Photo, Audio and Video
- Media Law, Ethics and Regulation
- Production Journalism
- Broadcast Journalism
- Mental Wealth - Professional Life 1 (Rising East)
- Mental Wealth Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)
- Employment and Enterprise (work placement)
- Features (1): Interviews
- Brands and the Magazines Business
- Documentary (1): Publications (1)
- Reporting Politics and Society
- Mental Wealth - Professional Life 3 (Rising East 3)
- Final Project: Development
- Final Project: Completion
- Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)
- Features (2): Data and Visualisation
- The Long Read
How you'll be assessed
At the end of the first term you'll be examined in writing techniques. Subsequent learning is assessed largely through coursework.
We teach writing, sub-editing and commissioning in copy clinics and editorial meetings with members of staff. On some practical modules, you'll be required to talk about your assignments in a meeting or 'viva' with academic staff and media professionals.
Year two and three students who have opted to take portfolio modules receive academic credit for work published outside the University.
In your third year, you'll carry out an audit - a rigorous, commercial assessment of a magazine. You'll also undertake a dissertation based on one-to-one supervision with an academic expert.
How you'll learn
Based in our well-resourced campus newsroom, our course operates an editorial system in which student journalists learn by working with staff editors.
After you’ve completed basic training, your teachers will send you out on reporting assignments in east London. In the United States, they dubbed this the ‘teaching hospital’ model. On our UEL courses, though, we were doing this almost before there was a name for it.
Our staff have vast experience both in teaching and reporting - and they don’t mind being called ‘hackademics’. All have worked as professional journalists - and most of them still do. One of them will act as your supportive personal tutor.
Some of our students have had work placements at newspapers such as the Daily Mail and The Times. Everyone, though, gets the feel for a busy news operation by putting together our acclaimed independent online news magazine, http://risingeast.co.uk.
With news stories, features, interviews, trenchant comment and videos, the confident voice of our student journalists rings through the website. Between September and December 2014, they produced as many as 200 stories.
“East London is a news story of international significance,” says Course Leader Dr Andrew Calcutt. “Our students are giving the area the sort of coverage we think it deserves.”
Your future career
We're determined to prepare you in the best way possible for a career in journalism after your studies.
Journalism is, of course, a competitive world to enter. You have a head start at UEL, though, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for.
Indeed, the track record of our graduates demonstrates that anything is possible.
Sam Wostear, one of our first journalism graduates, went on to become Woman Editor of The Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper. Siobhan Breatnach, who earned an MA in Journalism at UEL in 2009, became the editor of the Irish Post within three years of leaving us. Ferdia Carr, who graduated in 2015, found work at ITN.
Some of our graduates have gone into local or online journalism, contract publishing or public relations. Others have chosen to continue their studies, taking an MA in Creative Writing or a PhD in Journalism.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal