University of Sunderland

Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland, County Durham, SR1 3SD, United Kingdom


Get a solid grounding in journalism practices before specialising if you wish to. Look at the history of journalism and explore some of the hot topics within today’s journalism industry. Gain a real taste of life as a working journalist by working in our mediaHUB, alongside a team of BBC Newcastle Journalists and get your work published on our award winning platforms from day one. During the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism. This is common to most of our journalism courses – 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, among them Multi-Platform News, Media Law and Media Ethics. You can also choose an option in a specific genre 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 will undertake a project, a large-scale piece of journalism which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers. Follow in the footsteps of successful graduates with placements in industry at the likes of the BBC, Sky, Sky Sports, ITV and newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV and PR companies, even football clubs and fashion brands, taking advantage of our ‘placements for all’ guarantee. Bring your stories to life in the mediaHUB, our multimedia publishing and broadcasting newsroom, alongside BC Newcastle journalists. Work on our award-winning digital publications: SR News, Northern Lights, Fashion North, SportsByte and Spark FM. Be inspired by our lecturers and their strong industry contacts, and broaden your horizons on inspiring field trips – recently students have enjoyed London fashion masterclasses, press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Shalke 04 in Germany. You’ll perfect your craft alongside 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. At Sunderland, we offer nationally-recognised and comprehensive journalism courses, accredited by the leading industry body the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), enabling you to gain their diploma – a key industry entry qualification. NCTJ accreditation is widely recognised as a gold standard for courses that turn out highly skilled, highly motivated and highly employable graduates.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Sir Tom Cowie Campus,Sunderland
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £10,750