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Top 10 Universities for Journalism in the UK

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A career in journalism can be very exciting. People who are interested in pursuing this career path need to be certain that they possess the necessary psychometric characteristics that will allow them to succeed in this exceptionally demanding field. It’s generally advised that students start by taking an aptitude test to ensure that they possess the right skillset.

After you’ve determined that this field matches your potential, you should consider pursuing a university degree. Although there was a time when reporters and journalists could get by without a degree - the field is becoming increasingly competitive and - it’s now necessary for everyone to have a Bachelor’s degree as a bare minimum.

To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the best ranking universities for journalism.

10. Derby

The University of Derby has the best record in the East Midlands for graduate employment. It seeks to enhance its students’ practical knowledge and help them gain work experience before they graduate. The University offers many work placements, and also allows students to specialise in whichever journalistic area they want. There are various programmes offered within this field,  from standard to sports journalism. It also has many options for Joint Honours degrees which will allow students to get a well-rounded education.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Football Journalism
  • BA Journalism
  • BA Magazine Journalism
  • BA Specialist Sports Journalism
  • BA (Joint Honours) Journalism and English
  • BA (Joint Honours) Journalism and Creative and Professional Writing

Fees:

  • £9,250 per year for home and EU students

9. Sheffield

Sheffield University is dedicated to helping their students get a job as soon as possible. The coursework is designed to help students build an interesting portfolio which will allow them to put together an even more interesting CV. Students are required to do different kinds of journalism throughout their studies which includes covering courtroom procedures, filming documentaries and interviewing people. Modules include ethical issues, media law, broadcast journalism, alternative media and live news production.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Journalism Studies

Fees:

  • £9,250 per year for home and EU students

8. Liverpool John Moores

Liverpool John Moores is one of the largest universities in the UK. The programme offered to aspiring journalists is highly vocational and taught using industry-standard facilities. It seeks to help students gain hands-on experience and even offers an option to sit the National Council for the Training of Journalists exams.

Programmes Available:

  • BA International Journalism
  • BA Journalism

Fees:

  • £9,250 per year for home and EU students

7.  City University London

In an ideal location in the bustling heart of London, City University London has been offering quality education for years. The journalism degree offered here is considered to be one of the best in the world. The university emphasises real-world knowledge and tries to prepare students to enter the journalistic world.

The programme is designed to help students get practical experience in various areas of the field, and it also draws from various other humanity courses. Modules include the history of journalism, the British media, digital journalism, politics and current affairs.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Journalism

Fees:

£9,250 per year for home and EU students

6. Edinburgh Napier

Edinburgh Napier is spread across three campuses in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh. The journalism programme is renowned internationally and should you choose it; you’ll gain a critical understanding of the legal, political, economic and professional contexts of journalism.

Programmes Available

  • BA Communication, Advertising and Public Relations
  • BA Journalism

Fees:

  • £1,820 per year for Scottish and EU students
  • £9,000 for the rest of UK students

 

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5. Winchester

Located in one of the most charming cathedral cities in the UK, Winchester University has a long-standing tradition of excellence. Although Winchester is quite small, the university’s presence has turned it into one of the liveliest places in the country. The journalism degree available here offers practical courses and seeks to highlight the application of scientific methods to news reporting and to promote the public understanding of science. Modules include media law, British politics and multimedia reporting.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Journalism

Fees:

  • £9,250 per year for home and EU students

4.  Leeds Beckett

Leeds Beckett University, commonly referred to as the LBU, is a historic university whose history can be traced all the way back to 1824. But, LBU always strives to look to the future and as such creates programmes that can help students easily find their place in fast-paced environments. In response to the technological advances in journalism, for example, Leeds Beckett has recently created a digital journalism programme which teaches students how to spot a story and tell it via various formats, such as through interactive photos, sound and the written word. Of course, that’s not the only programme offered; students can also pursue more traditional degrees.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Journalism
  • BA Public Relations With Journalism
  • BSc Digital Journalism

Fees:

  • £9250 per academic year for home and EU students

3. Loughborough

Traditionally a university for engineering and technology, Loughborough has slowly reinvented itself and now ranks as one of the top third level education centres in the UK for a number of specialities. The journalism programme is fully integrated with the English and Arts department and students can benefit from receiving expertise in various areas of this field. The publishing side of the course is centred around theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to participate and learn from the student-led press and modules include literature, writing, etc.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Publishing and English

Fees:

  • £9,250 per year for home and EU students

2. Robert Gordon

Located in the North-East of Scotland, in Aberdeen, Robert Gordon has been ranked as one of the safest universities in Scotland. It’s also renowned internationally for the quality of education it offers, while it’s also a dynamic and modern place to study. Modules for aspiring journalists include visual culture and design, writing, media law, broadcast, production and print journalism.

Programmes Available:

  • BA Public Relations
  • BA Journalism

Fees:

  • £1820 per academic year for Scottish and EU students
  • £5,000 per academic year for the rest of UK students

1. Cardiff

Cardiff University has been consistently ranked as one of the best for journalism. As it offers various programmes in the sector, students have the opportunity to combine different subjects they are interested in. It is a very ambitious institution and has a bold and strategic vision.

Programmes Available:

  • BA journalism and communications
  • BA journalism, media and English literature
  • BA journalism, media and sociology
  • BA media and communications
  • BA media, journalism and culture
  • BA Welsh and journalism

Fees:

  • £9,000 per year for home and EU students

 

Getting an accredited degree in Journalism can be the beginning of a wonderful career, but remember that the most important aspect of what makes a great journalist is his/her ethics.

Which of these universities would you choose? Let me know in the comment section below.

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