Journalism Courses

Learning about journalism is like working as a journalist. Both offer an experience that is exciting, varied, fast-moving and challenging. Students on these vocationally orientated courses have the chance to learn about, and practise, the core journalism skills of writing, reporting and researching. These practical elements are underpinned by study of the work of journalists, including factors such as the development of news organisations, news values, sources, language, regulation, ethics and the uses and influences of news.

You will find details of our Postgraduate Courses and Undergraduate journalism courses below and you can also check out the University website for more details of our courses.

Postgraduate Journalism Courses

MA Magazine Journalism

With over 8000 titles published a year, magazines are a huge, and constantly changing industry. The postgraduate course at Preston is designed to prepare you for a dynamic and developing medium. You will acquire skills in news and feature writing, specialised reporting, sub-editing, design, law and the business of publishing. Working with industry professionals, you will create your own magazines to give you the edge in a highly competitive industry.

Find out more about the MA Magazine Journalism on the UCLan website

MA International Journalism

This exciting and challenging course is aimed at those who wish to engage in, and explore, the changing role of journalism in a fast-moving world of increasing complexity and inter-dependence. Students learn practical journalism skills and relate these to international and national perspectives on the role of news in diverse social and cultural contexts.

Find out more about the MA International Journalism course on the UCLan website

MA/Postgraduate Diploma Broadcast Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism is a nine month full time course and one of the Department’s most established programmes. It has a national reputation for introducing promising new talent into the broadcasting industry, talent that continues to flourish long after leaving the University. Hundreds of its graduates are now working as radio and television journalists, including Ian Payne and Victoria Derbyshire from BBC 5 Live. The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and in the last report of the BJTC, it was said: This continues to be a first-class course. We are totally satisfied that students leaving Preston are well equipped to move onto the first rung of a career in broadcast journalism.

Find out more about the Broadcast Journalism, MA/PGDip courses at the UCLan website

Postgraduate Diploma Newspaper Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism is a nine month full time programme with an excellent employment record for its graduates. The course which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), focuses on key journalism skills, law and public administration. Students also undertake intensive tuition in shorthand. The course enjoys close links with the regional and national press and students are encouraged to take the NCTJ’s own set of external exams too.

Find out more about the Newspaper Journalism, PGDip on the UCLan website

MA Newspaper Journalism

The second edition has gone and it is just a matter of tidying up for the third when a newsflash appears on your screen: A plane has crashed at the local airport. Within minutes your paper is dealing with a big news story. Newspaper journalism can be an unpredictable experience and our one-year Masters degree course will help you cope with the unexpected. You will learn to write and sub-edit in a fast-paced newsroom atmosphere so that you have the skills to deal with big stories as they happen. The Masters, like the diploma, is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Students are encouraged to take these external exams too.

Find out more about the MA Newspaper Journalism on the UCLan website

The Journalism Leadership Programme

The Journalism Leaders Programme is a groundbreaking, flexible personal and professional development course that aims to equip experienced practitioners for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and unpredictable media landscape. The electronically-supported programme will suit those who want to build advanced knowledge and skills without necessarily interrupting their careers.

Find out more about the Journalism Leadership programme at the UCLan website

MA International Documentary and Factual Television Production (not running 2009/10)

Producing programmes that can find an audience anywhere in the world is a skill that owes as much to understanding the business of television as it does to making programmes. The focus of this course is on television as a business. It is suitable for would-be and existing producer/directors, new graduates with a business related degree and professionals considering a business career in television.

MA Online Journalism (not running 2009/10)

Online never stands still. Neither should you. Online journalism is about good communication. Creating dynamic content, and using audio, video and multimedia, are just part of that. The one year course will teach you to build exciting, effective websites and help you learn everything the medium has to offer to tell compelling stories that can be seen from anywhere in the world. That’s why BBC News Online ask for our students when they want people to help with coverage of major events and why you find Preston graduates currently working at BBC News Online, BBC Sport Online, Ananova and other big service providers everywhere. The course also has an early Postgraduate Diploma exit route after nine months.

Undergraduate Journalism Courses

BA (Hons) Journalism

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: P500
  • Short form of course: BA/J

The BA (Hons) Journalism course is a full-time, three year undergraduate programme – one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK when it was launched ten years ago. Hundreds of its graduates are now working in journalism and other media related jobs.

Find out more about the  Journalism BA(Hons), on the UCLan website

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: P502
  • Short form of course: BA/SJ

An ability to write or talk knowledgeably about sport so that other people want to read about it and listen to it is greatly in demand by publishers and broadcasters of all kinds. The usual career route to the sports pages is through a general education in journalism, and for many this will remain a pre-requisite. Our new course in sports journalism is aimed at those who want to study the two subjects of sport and journalism in depth with a view to a specialist position in the media or communications industries.

Find out more about the Sports Journalism, BA(Hons), on the UCLan website

BA (Hons) International Journalism

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: P502
  • Short form of course: BA/IntJour

This exciting and challenging new programme addresses the practice and study of journalism from a wide variety of international perspectives. It is aimed at students who wish to gain practical journalism skills that will enable them to work as journalists. You will study and analyse journalism in international and national settings and learn about the social and cultural contexts of journalism.

Find out more about the International Journalism course on the UCLan website

BA (Hons) Media Management (China)

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Campus site: U

In the early stages of the course, you will follow a common programme of study which includes management theory, public relations, accounting and an introduction to the media industry. Thereafter, you gradually specialise your marketing, human resource management and PR skills to a back drop of challenging and varied digital journalism modules. You will look at global media economics, the broadcast and print industries, exploiting the digital future, business strategy and the digital newsroom. This leads on to opportunities for independent study and student-initiated projects and dissertations.

Find out more about the Media Management, BA(Hons) on the UCLan website

Find out more about the Journalism, BA(Hons) on the UCLan website

BA (Hons) Journalism Foundation Year Entry

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: JNJour150

The foundation entry course is a unique course run by the University in conjunction with the BBC. We are looking for applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds taking a less traditional path into higher education and journalism.

Find out more about the Journalism (Foundation Year Entry), BA(Hons) on the Uclan Website

Combined Honours Journalism

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: Y003
  • Short form of course: Mod/Comb

The Department offers Journalism as a subject within the University’s Combined Honours system. Students normally take three subjects in their first year and specialise in two of them in years 2 and 3. This combination provides a broader field of study than the BA(Hons)Journalism course. However students still learn the core journalism skills.

Journalism and English

  • Institution code name: CLANC
  • Institution code: C30
  • Course code: PQ53
  • Short form of course: BA/JEng

This is a full time three year undergraduate programme. After their first year, students can determine how their studies are balanced between Journalism and English. You can take either on a major route (with the other subject becoming the minor option) or continue to study both jointly