This course gives you an understanding of the different types of Journalism, allowing you to explore and uncover your area of interest. You’ll have access to industry experts, placements, field trips and publishing opportunities that build your skills as a Journalist. Graduate with both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification, significantly boosting your employability as a journalist.
Increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on one our websites covering sport, news, entertainment and fashion. Get involved in award winning Spark Sunderland or Spark magazine, all based in our innovative mediaHUB, BBC Newcastle’s home in Sunderland and host to visiting Journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).
- Accredited by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) The NCTJ diploma is an essential qualification for many journalism jobs
- Graduates of BA (Hons) Journalism now work at Sky News, The Guardian, Daily Mirror, the BBC, Closer magazine and regional newspaper groups Trinity Mirror, Johnson Press and Newsquest
- Take advantage of our industry contacts, with regular masterclasses and news days run by Sky News, Sky Sports News, BBC, ITV and Guardian journalists
- Learn real-world skills working on our student-run websites in the innovative mediaHUB; present and produce on Spark Sunderland, our 24/7 FM radio station; broadcast weekly TV shows
- Our Journalism courses are in the top 25% in the UK for Student voice, according to the National Student Survey 2018
- 100% of our BA (Hons) Journalism graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
- Learn from inspirational staff who have worked as senior journalists online, in print and on-air and work alongside BBC Newcastle and Made TV journalists, based in our mediaHUB
- Make full use of our state-of-the-art facilities, such as 360-degree cameras, TV studios, radio studios and our 204-seater cinema
Teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, group projects and practical skills work. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with regional employers and industry organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to carry out regular guest lectures and classes.
Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
During the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism, give you an understanding of Media Law and online skills – it’s a great chance to see what kind of journalism suits you best. During the second and third years, you will study topics in more depth, you’ll experience our Newsroom in action and consider Multi-Platform News, and Media Ethics, and undertake a shorthand course free of charge. You’ll also have optional modules in specific genres such as Magazine Writing, Sports Writing, Investigative Journalism, or Entertainments and Games Journalism.
In your final year, you will go on a placement to a newspaper or online news organisation and you’ll also undertake a project, a large-scale piece of journalism which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
This degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, Public Relations and new media industries. It is also highly relevant to many positions in industry, commerce and the Civil Service, as well as to jobs in the arts and voluntary sectors.
Recent journalism graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as Sky, MTV, The Guardian, Racing Post, ITV, Elle, regional newspapers and PR companies.
Real-world experience – right on campus
Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle Journalists, get advice from former Sky News Journalists and see a Newsroom in action in our innovative mediaHUB.
You have the opportunity to be actively involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the Media Centre. Spark has won many awards including four golds at the Student Radio Awards 2012, and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East. Students are responsible for all news-gathering, programme production and advertising.
Sunderland’s daily newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, has a weekly page called ‚On Campus’ that is written entirely by students at the University. It’s an opportunity to find and research your own stories, take photographs, meet deadlines and see your name in print
Other opportunities for real-world experience available on campus include Spark online magazine, the Fashion North website, the SR-News website, the Northern Lights website and SportsByte, which are all linked to our Journalism and Media courses.
Superb industry links
Be inspired by our academics and their strong industry contacts. Our experienced academics who have years of industry expertise at high levels in print, online and broadcasting including the BBC, Daily Mirror, Grazia, Private Eye and Sky.
Rub shoulders with regional and national high-profile journalists such as Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University, and ITV News Correspondent Alastair Stewart. Both regularly visit the University along with a host of experienced journalists to give insight into the industry via masterclasses and lectures.
Broaden your horizons with inspiring trips – recently, students have enjoyed visits to London fashion master classes, press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Schalke 04 in Germany.
You can undertake a work placement module during your course. Placements can be with newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV and PR companies.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Journalism courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Join award winners
Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board.
- Ben Holden won the NCTJ Sports Journalism award 2016, winning a space in the NFL press box at Wembley match to see the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals
- Eve Conlon, took Bronze at The Charles Parker Prize 2016 for her piece Student Gamblers. and featured in a special programme on BBC Radio 4 Extra
- Alice Winney, won the Royal Television Society North East Student Award for News 2017 for her story about flooding in Corbridge
- Bethany Elsey, shortlisted for Royal Television Society North East Student Award for Best Documentary
- Amy Stark, won NCTJ Best Student Project 2016 for her project Weird and Wonderful Subcultures
- Luke Bidwell, highly commended NCTJ Student Sports Journalism Award 2016
- Sophie Dishman, highly commended for Best Reporter in the National Student Publication Association (SPA) Awards 2017
- Ryan Lim, shortlisted for Best Photographer in the National Student Publication Association (SPA) Awards 2017