BA (Hons) Journalism

  • UCAS
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Media and Communications, Computing
Rita Morais

Course overview

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
  • 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.

Level 4

All level 4 modules are compulsory:


Module title Credits
  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

Level 5

You will take the following compulsory 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

and EITHER the following 30 credit module:

Module title Credits
  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):

Module title 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

Level 6

You take two 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:

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
  Photojournalism 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.

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
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.

Equivalent qualifications
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 – 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.

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from business to digital arts, and from games programming to learning Mandarin.

Industry experts

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

Student work

Student journalism

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.

Visit the EastLondonLines website

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:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments

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.  

Student profiles


"I really enjoy the forward-thinking atmosphere."

"I chose to come to Goldsmiths because I believed that it was a fantastic university. I really enjoy the forward-thinking atmosphere that the college has. I feel that I'm constantly being pushed to think about the future of technology and the media industry which will give me an edge when it comes to my career!"

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