The world of journalism is changing at an unprecedented rate. This programme offers an individual and innovative blend of contemporary, multi-media journalism that ensures graduates are prepared for the future of a rapidly developing industry.
You won't just learn how to be a journalist, but why and how good journalism matters by putting it in its wider cultural context.
Why study BA Journalism at Goldsmiths?
- You’ll be taught by media professionals with extensive industry experience and leading academics involved in ground-breaking research
- You’ll learn the latest techniques in video, data and mobile journalism, digital and coding practices and essential reporting and writing skills
- You’ll build up a portfolio of work, get advice on careers and work experience and benefit from our close links with London’s thriving media
- All students work on breaking news stories covering issues that really matter to the local community on Eastlondonlines.co.uk
- The Department of Media and Communications is ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of its research (Research Excellence Framework)
This degree is part of our School of Journalism. Find out more about what we do and other degrees we teach.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor
Modules & structure
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 level 4 modules are compulsory:
|Introduction to Power, Politics and Public Affairs||15 credits|
|Introduction to News and Features||30 credits|
|Web Programming||15 credits|
|Designing Digital Interactions||15 credits|
|Media History and Politics||15 credits|
|Key Debates in Media Studies||15 credits|
You will take the following compulsory modules:
|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|
and EITHER the following 30 credit module:
|Multimedia Journalism||30 credits|
OR Extended Research and Writing (15 credits) and one module from the list of Media Communications Level 5 modules or from the following History modules (15 credits):
|London's Burning: Social Movement and Public Protest in the Capital, 1830-2003||15 credits|
|Imagining Africa: Ideology, Identity and Text in Africa and the Diaspora||15 credits|
|Homosexuality and Capitalism||15 credits|
You take two core modules:
|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:
|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|
|Media and Communications Work Placement||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||30 credits or 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)
Portfolios of journalism work, coursework, seen and unseen written papers, essays
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.
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
You should have Grade C/Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics.
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.
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:
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
If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.
Read more about our general entrance requirements.
We are ranked:
1st in the UK for the quality of our research* Joint 1st in the UK for effective teaching** 8th in the world for communication and media studies***
Media and Communications
We’ve also been ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top graduate universities for media professionals, because so many of our graduates go on to find jobs in the industry.
The department includes some of the top academics in the world for this discipline – the pioneers of media, communications and cultural studies. They actively teach on our programmes, and will introduce you to current research and debate in these areas. And many of our practice tutors are industry professionals active in TV, film, journalism, radio and animation.
We also run EastLondonLines.co.uk – our 24/7 student news website – which gives students the opportunity to gain experience working in a real-time news environment.
And we run regular public events featuring world-renowned writers and practitioners that have recently included Danny Boyle, Gurinda Chadha, Noel Clark and Tessa Ross. So you’ll get to experience the latest developments and debates in the industry.
Find out more about the Department of Media and Communications.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**Guardian University Guide League Tables 2017
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 3rd in London* 17th in the UK for the quality of our research** and in the world's elite***
The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.
From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it.
Learn by doing
We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. You’ll focus on practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice.
We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.
You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks.
Find out more about the Department of Computing.
*Guardian University League Tables 2017
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
EastLondonLines is an independent news website run by the School of Journalism in the Department of Media and Communications. 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.
Learning & teaching
On this degree you will attend workshops and tutorials designed to develop your practical skills in journalism and associated technical skills like data. You will also attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.
But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.
This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of that are highly sought after by employers.
Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:
- Independent learning
Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches.
Skills & careers
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 Media and Communications careers page.
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.