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Facts about Journalism
|Year of entry||2013|
|Application route||3 years full time: apply through UCAS (code P500)
6 years part time: apply direct to the University
View course combinations page for joint honours UCAS codes
|See the Unistats data for this course|
About this course
Why choose this course?
Kingston's journalism courses are the best in the country. In terms of student satisfaction, employment of graduates, starting salaries and making journalism the most interesting it can be, we can't be beaten.
In the latest independently researched statistics, Kingston comes out as one of the top-ranked courses in most of the key categories. Find out more on the Unistats website. It means Kingston is the top-ranked journalism college in London (in contrast 72 per cent of students at City are satisfied with their course).
- 95 per cent of students go on to work or further study within six months of the course, with more than 50 per cent in the media or related businesses. That's the second best employment rate in the country.
- Average pay for our graduates in their first job is £18,000 – that's the joint third highest average starting salary in the country for journalism courses.
- 95 per cent of our graduates said staff have made the subject interesting – the fourth best in the country.
- 95 per cent also said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of the course – the fifth best in the country.
This course will equip you to practise and understand the role of multimedia journalism in the contemporary world. It will develop your writing skills and nose for news, and provides a forum for analysis and debate of all issues in the modern media. It will enable you to become an effective journalist across a range of platforms. You can study journalism as a single or joint honours.
You can also choose to study this course as a joint honours degree alongside another subject. See the course combinations section for more information.
Watch these videos to find out why you should study journalism at Kingston University:
What will you study?
Year 1 introduces the skills necessary to become an effective multimedia journalist. Core modules cover journalistic writing and research, how to identify a news story in a mass of information, and what makes a good feature. You will also explore the broader context of journalism and the critical issues facing journalists today.
Year 2 builds on and expands your portfolio of skills and knowledge, introducing further elements such as layout, online writing and shorthand, while increasing the proportion of work drawing on the real world. You will also analyse print and online media and will have the opportunity to pursue a research project. During your second year, you have the opportunity of spending time abroad at one of our partner universities, such as Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, or California State University in the United States.
Year 3 includes core modules that enable you to put your learning into practice through work placements in the industry, as well as the opportunity to produce the campus newspaper, The River. Other modules aim to deepen your understanding of the role and responsibilities of the contemporary journalist, further preparing you for the workplace.
You will also have the opportunity to study a foreign language for free during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Year 1 (Level 4)
Year 2 (Level 5)
- Practical Journalism 2
- Thinking about Journalism 2
- Journalism Research Paper
- Magazine Journalism
- Multi-media Journalism Project
Year 3 (Level 6)
- Practical Journalism 3
- Thinking about Journalism 3
- Journalism Dissertation
- Special study - International Journalism
- Special study: Journalism and the Online Revolution
- Special Study: Literary Journalism and War
- Special Study: Politics, Media Management and the Culture of Spin
- Special Study: The Truth-Seekers - Investigative Journalism from Pulitzer to Palast
- Specialist journalism: Arts and Entertainment
- Specialist Journalism: Business
- Specialist Journalism: Sport
Related to this course:
Riveronline – the website of the Kingston University Journalism Department's award-winning student newspaper.
Visit the Unistats website to see the stats that show why Kingston's journalism courses are the best in the country.