International Journalism BA (Hons)

International Journalism BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




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Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    P502; Short form: BA/Intjour

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Journalism is a global profession, and this course prepares you for an international career. You will learn multimedia reporting skills that enable many of our graduates to walk straight into jobs in journalism around the world, in print, online and broadcast. You will also learn how to think, to communicate and find your place in a globalised world, opening up many other graduate careers. This holistic approach to journalism, combining the professional, academic and organisational aspects, produces graduates who can do the job but also understand where their job fits into the bigger picture. This is a flexible course, designed to allow you to focus on the things that interest you and to customise your studies. Recent graduates are working at the BBC, South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, China Daily in Beijing, the Angolan Embassy in Lisbon, and in many other journalistic and public relations roles.

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted 
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction,Distinction
Access to Higher Education: 104 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Clearing 2017 - Secure your place

Course at a Glance

Year 1

The Professional Journalist 1
The Making of the Media
The Economics of the Media

Plus one option from:
Media Law and Regulation
Global Politics: An introduction to international relations
A foreign language
Free-choice elective


Year 2

The Professional Journalist 2 (International)
World Desk 1
Issues in International Journalism

Plus two options from:
Global Reporting
The Business of Journalism
Controversies in Journalism
Data Journalism
Music Journalism
Free-choice elective


Year 3

World Desk 2
The Media Entrepreneur

Work Placement
Reporting Politics and Society
Future Media
Constructive Journalism
Specialist Journalism
Campaign Planning (marketing)
Free-choice elective

Further Information


To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the awards and other successes gained by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.



You will be taught by working journalists and ex-journalists with international experience and research-active academics, with lectures and workshops from working foreign correspondents and other visiting guest speakers. This is a flexible course, designed to allow you to focus on the things that interest you and to customise your studies to give you the maximum advantage on your career path.

If English is not your first language, you can take extra courses, some of them specifically tailored to media careers. Our English language tuition ensures that you will leave the course with language skills at the level of CEFR C1.


Print newsroom

Work experience is an essential part of the course and students are very much encouraged gain experience in a range of news organisations, both in the UK and overseas. Recent placements have included the BBC World Service, the Times of India, the South China Morning Post and the Times of Israel. You'll also have the chance to assist world-leading researchers as paid undergraduate research interns.

International Journalism students, particularly, are encouraged to study part of their course abroad. There is a wide range of exchange programmes available, to dozens of countries, in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Students have studied in Canada, the United States, United Arab Emirates, Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Australia and China.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through Clearing now to start this September. Call us on 01772 830777.

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have great links with employers including the BBC, ITV, Sky, national newspapers, magazines and the local press.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Journalism at UCLan is a student-focused, practical and theoretical course. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to be self-directed, and to focus on options that allow you to build up a substantial knowledge in a specialist area within the degree. 

You'll be encouraged to do work placements, and to expand your technical skills in our state-of-the-art studios and labs. As an International Journalism student you will be encouraged to study part of your course abroad, and there is a wide range of exchange programmes available, to dozens of countries.

You'll be assessed by undertaking a wide range of assignments. These include practical reporting projects, compiling portfolios, reflective learning logs, research and analytical projects, essays and oral presentations.

Journalism has been taught in Preston for more than 50 years and the course has an excellent employment record. Our graduates are working for news and media organisations all over the world including Beijing, Brussels, London and Dubai.


We have three print newsrooms equipped with industry-standard software for print and online journalism, a Media Innovation Studio, broadcasting studios and a wide range of high-tech video and audio recording equipment that any student can hire, free of charge.


Our growing global community of graduates is spread around the world, working in TV, radio, print and digital news. They work for China’s top news agency Xinhua, the Times of India, the South China Morning Post and many other prestigious news outlets. Others move on to postgraduate study, film-making, photography and business.

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