Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code


Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655


3 years full-time

Course overview

Please note, applications to start this programme in 2022 are still open.

Goldsmiths' operating principles for 2022-23 have not yet been finalised but should changes be required to teaching in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will publish these as early as possible for prospective students wishing to start their programme in September 2022.

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 has been ranked 2nd in the UK for 'world-leading or internationally excellent' research (Research Excellence Framework, 2021) and 12th in the world (2nd in the UK) in the 2022 QS World Rankings for communication and media studies.

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.

Year 1

All modules in your first year are compulsory:


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
News and Culture 15 credits
Key Debates in Media Studies 15 credits
Introduction to Video Reporting 15 credits
Digital Methods in Journalism 15 credits

Year 2

You will take the following compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Data Journalism and Visualisation 15 credits
Journalism and Society 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

Year 3

You take two compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
Final Multimedia Project and Portfolio 60 credits

You also choose a combination of option modules up to a total of 60 credits:

Module title Credits
Arts and Fashion 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
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
Social Media in Everyday Life: A global perspective 15 credits
Digital Venture Creation 15 credits
Data Mining 15 credits
Archaeology of the Moving Image 15 credits
Journalism in Context 15 credits


A dissertation (30 credits) and one option module from either department (15 credits)

Teaching style

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 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 19% scheduled learning, 81% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 19% scheduled learning, 78% independent learning, 3% placement 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 2020/21. 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.

Download the programme specification. 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.

For 2021-22 and 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the programme changes page.

What our students say

Kunyu Wang

"Due to Goldsmiths' amazing location, students can benefit from its close links with London’s thriving media."

"Due to Goldsmiths' amazing location, students can benefit from its close links with London’s thriving media. I think I can make plenty of breakthroughs here with the help of amazing academic atmosphere and media professionals.

When I was researching Goldsmiths I found this statement, “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.” This convinced me that Goldsmiths would always be my best choice. My study experience here will solidify a foundation for my further study and work and I wish to be a real journalist in the near future."

Entry requirements

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
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

Additional requirements

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.

GCSE Maths at grade C/4

International qualifications

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 and no element lower than 6.5 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 2022/2023 academic year.

From August 2021 EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for 'Home' fee status. EU/EEA/Swiss nationals will be classified as 'International' for fee purposes, more information can be found on our fees page.

  • Home - full-time: £9250
  • International - full-time: £18640

If your fees are not listed here, please check our undergraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

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.

Funding opportunities

The Royal Television Society runs two bursary schemes: the Technology Bursary and the TV Production and Journalism Bursary. The schemes are designed to support people from lower-income backgrounds to pursue a career in the television industry.
RTS bursary recipients benefit from:
  • financial support
  • free RTS membership
  • networking events

This prestigious award also offers a real opportunity to gain insight into the industry and build a network of key contacts. As a bursary recipient you receive £1000 per year of study, membership of the Royal Television Society and affiliate membership of the Club while studying, one year's free membership of the Royal Television Society when you graduate and in the second or third year of your course we will aim to set up a mentoring opportunity with one of our many industry mentors.

If you are interested in current affairs journalism or documentary production, your application can be considered for one of two Steve Hewlett awards, worth an extra £1000 per year.

For more details, visit the RTS website.

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries, and our careers service can also offer advice on finding work during your studies. Find out more about funding your studies with us.

Student work

Student journalism

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.

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. 

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.