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Journalism BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time P500 Clearing 2014 and 2015
6 years part time Apply direct to the University Clearing 2014 and 2015
Joint honours: see course combinations for UCAS codes

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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.

Kingston is also the top-ranked journalism college in London, with 92 per cent of our students satisfied overall (in contrast just 57 per cent of students at City are satisfied with their course):

  • 100 per cent rating on staff being good at explaining things and being enthusiastic about the course.
  • 85 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 one of the best employment rates in the country.
  • Average pay for our graduates in their first job is £19,000 – that's in the top 10 average starting salaries in the country for journalism courses.

This course will equip you to be a journalist 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 have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's study abroad programme or Erasmus programme.

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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.

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