IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
3 years full-time
The world of news and journalism is changing at an unprecedented rate. This programme offers an individual and innovative blend of contemporary multimedia journalism that ensures you will be prepared for the future of a rapidly developing news industry.
You’ll learn a range of cutting-edge digital skills to help you investigate news stories. You’ll also learn how and why good journalism matters by putting it in its wider cultural context.
Why study BA Journalism at Goldsmiths?
- Learn from media professionals with extensive industry experience and leading academics involved in ground-breaking research.
- Work on a real-world news website (EastLondonLines), covering breaking news stories that really matter to the local community.
- Develop an arsenal of digital skills, and learn to integrate them with a core of essential reporting and news-writing skills. Digital skills taught on this programme include:
- Video journalism
- Data Journalism
- Mobile Journalism
- Web programming
- Get training with a range of digital video equipment to support your practice, including DSLRs, and ENG (electronic news gathering) cameras.
- Produce a long-form news feature on a subject of your choice, which will allow you to bring together all the digital and news-writing skills learned over the course of this degree. Examples of previous projects can be found below.
- Build up a portfolio of work, get advice on careers and work experience, and benefit from our close links with London’s thriving world-class media industry.
- The Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies is ranked 7th in the world for Communication and Media Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Kate Morris.
What you'll study
Whatever kind of journalist you are seeking to become, we will give you the right combination of practical skills and the wider understanding to launch a successful career in this new, digital, multi platform world. The programme draws on the award-winning expertise of our MA Journalism and MA/MSc Digital Journalism programmes, many of whose graduates are in key positions in the news media.
The programme delivers a range of journalistic and technical skills – including news writing, web programming, data visualisation and video reporting – as well as more theoretical underpinning, giving students essential background in media law, public affairs and the wider context of journalism and the media. We aim to provide an inspirational learning experience in which theory and practice influence and enrich each other in the production of original, creative and intellectual work.
All modules in your first year are compulsory:
|Year 1 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs||15 credits|
|Introduction to Digital Methods in Journalism||15 Credits|
|Introduction to Multimedia Journalism||30 credits|
|Media History and Politics||15 credits|
|Key Debates in Media Studies||15 credits|
|Introduction to Video Reporting||15 credits|
|Digital Methods in Journalism||15 credits|
You will take the following compulsory modules:
|Year 2 modules||Module title||Credits|
|Data Journalism and Visualisation||15 credits|
|Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Citizen Sensing||15 credits|
|Media Law and Ethics||15 credits|
|News and Power in a Globalised Context||15 credits|
|Feature Writing||15 credits|
|Video Reporting||15 credits|
|Multimedia Journalism||30 credits|
You take two core modules:
|Year 3 core modules||Module title||Credits|
|Journalism in Context||15 credits|
|Final Multimedia Project and Portfolio||60 credits|
You also choose a combination of option modules up to a total of 45 credits:
|Year 3 option modules||Module title||Credits|
|Arts, Fashion and Culture Journalism||15 credits|
|Radio Journalism in a Multimedia Context||15 credits|
|Asking the Right Questions: Research and Practice||15 credits|
|Structure of Contemporary Political Communication||15 credits|
|Work Placement (Media)||15 credits|
|The City and Consumer Culture||15 credits|
|Embodiment and Experience||15 credits|
|Media Geographies||15 credits|
|Media, Ethnicity and Nation||15 credits|
|Media, Ritual and Contemporary Public Cultures||15 credits|
|Strategies in World Cinema||15 credits|
|Social Media in Everyday Life||15 credits|
|Digital Venture Creation||15 credits|
|Data Mining||15 credits|
|Archaeology of the Moving Image||15 credits|
A dissertation (30 credits) and one option module from either department (15 credits)
This programme is taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.
The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 17% scheduled learning, 83% independent learning
- Year 2 - 20% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning
- Year 3 - 19% scheduled learning, 75% independent learning
How you’ll be assessed
You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework assignments such as extended essays, reports, presentations, practice-based projects or essays/logs, group projects and reflective essays, as well as seen and unseen written examinations.
The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:
- Year 1 - 75% coursework, 25% practical
- Year 2 - 86% coursework, 5% written exam, 9% practical
- Year 3 - 97% coursework, 3% practical
*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2018/19. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices. Find out more about how this information is calculated.
Credits and levels of learning
An undergraduate honours degree is made up of 360 credits – 120 at Level 4, 120 at Level 5 and 120 at Level 6. If you are a full-time student, you will usually take Level 4 modules in the first year, Level 5 in the second, and Level 6 modules in your final year. A standard module is worth 30 credits. Some programmes also contain 15-credit half modules or can be made up of higher-value parts, such as a dissertation or a Major Project.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
We accept the following qualifications:
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2
As the course demands significant amounts of writing, it's important that you are able to cope with the rigours of the course. You may be asked for examples of written work and called to interview.
You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Fees & funding
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.
- Home/EU - full-time: £9250
- International - full-time: £17400
If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
EastLondonLines is an independent news website run by the School of Journalism in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies. The site runs throughout the year and students on all journalism programmes spend time working on the site, gaining valuable experience and building up their CVs. You work under the supervision of School academic and technical staff.
It began in November 2009 as a means of giving students an opportunity to work as professional journalists in a real-life environment. The area covered by the site is a large, diverse, multi-cultural and vibrant part of London, ranging from inner-city Hackney in the North to Croydon on the southern borders of London and provides exciting and varied journalistic challenges.
Journalism students also contribute to London Multimedia News which collates London based news stories with a radio and sound focus and are able to take part in broadcasts through our radio and television studios.
Examples of Final Projects
Missing: London's Female Skateboarders
“At five or six is when the older boys come, and that’s when we leave.” Charlie, Olivia, and Matilda are at an otherwise empty Telegraph Hill skatepark, in south-east London. It’s midday on a Wednesday and they’re taking a break from their uni work. Charlie arrives first, her hair back (...)
The Dangers of Weight Cutting
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts (formerly known as ‘Cage Fighting’) is one built on the spectacle of the fight night; the crowd, the bright lights, the thrill and the agony. Fighters can regularly earn over $100,000 each fight in the top promotions, however within the combat sport, which is (...)
Digging Deeper: The Underground World of Britain's Mole Catchers
Brian Alderton peers into a glass-fronted cabinet in his living room and picks up a ceramic figurine of a mole playing a game of bowls on a lawn. As a keen bowls player himself, he says of one of his favourite pieces of mole memorabilia: “That’s me! Moles and bowls.”
Inside Rome's Rising Drag Queen Scene
Home to the Vatican City, to stereotypically beautiful men screaming ‘ciao bella’ from a Vespa and to the most famous Catholic traditions, Rome might not be the first place that comes to your mind when you think of an ever-growing and thriving drag scene.
A Leap of Atheism? Growing up Baptist in Secular Britain
My brother disappeared under the water. A tangible hush fell over the crowd, and in that moment, I wonder what he saw behind his eyes, closed in the darkness. Seconds later, he emerged, dripping and smiling. I wasn’t at the front with our parents. Instead, I was situated about halfway (...)
Some of the skills you'll develop during a journalism degree include:
- A range of journalistic skills - from news researching, writing and editing to data visualisation and video reporting
- Critical thinking and analytical skills
- Proficiency in assessing evidence and in expressing ideas clearly
- An ability to bring together insights from a range of subjects
- Computing skills, in web programming and creating digital projects
- Communications skills applicable across a wide range of media-related careers
What kind of careers might you seek as a BA Journalism graduate?
- As a specialist journalist, using data visualisation and mapping to tell stories about key issues like crime, politics or the environment
- As a reporter, live blogging a football match for a sports website or a catwalk for a fashion magazine
- As a website reporter or editor, assembling multi-media stories or ‘live’ reporting, and using social media to interact with readers and viewers
But such is the pace of change you might be pursuing careers and using digital methods we cannot yet imagine… You can read more about possible career options after you graduate on our careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.