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, digital media 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. Students can learn about working with NGOs, and constructive journalism.

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

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.

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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
  • Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Music Journalism (20 credits)
  • Free-choice elective


Year 3


  • World Desk 2


  • Dissertation


  • 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.

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!

Trip to Guangzhou, China

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.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Other associated fees:
There may be examination fees if you choose to take an optional module accredited by an industry body.

Royal Television Society (RTS) bursary schemes:

The RTS offers two bursary schemes each year to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds for those intending to pursue a career in television. To find out more about these schemes and whether you are eligible, visit the RTS website.

Applicants will be able to apply for the bursaries as soon as UCLan has made their Conditional Firm choice.

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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.

Working journalists regularly bring up-to-the-minute expertise and contacts, as guest lecturers. These contacts help students to prepare for the latest challenges, to find work placements and jobs.

The School runs CJAM (Careers in Journalism and Media), an employability event that gives students the opportunity to hear from, network with and pitch ideas to industry professionals to gain sound advice and work placement opportunities.

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has a wealth of state-of-the-art technology and multimedia facilities to ensure graduates are up to speed with the latest industry developments. We have invested more than £250,000 in upgrading these facilities.

They include:

  • Six fully-equipped newsrooms
  • Four radio studios
  • TV studio and adjacent gallery
  • Two broadcast production areas
  • Two video editing suites
  • Live news feeds from the Press Association
  • Industry-standard workflows

Journalism at UCLan is taught more often in the newsroom than the classroom – you get realistic industry experience, in our state-of-the-art facilities, and on optional work placements.

Back in the classroom, you analyse journalism and journalists, gaining vital graduate skills such as critical analysis, research, presenting and writing.

You are taught by successful, award-winning journalists and world-class researchers.

You'll be encouraged to do work placements, both in the UK and around the world. You can do all or part of Year 2 in another country, and there is a wide range of exchange programmes available, to dozens of countries.

We assess your skills and knowledge in many different ways, ensuring you can show what you have learnt, to the best of your ability. You will do news reports across all media, features, portfolios, blogs, academic essays, reports and presentations, exams, practical skills tests, and reflections on your performance and learning.

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.


Take a virtual tour for an inside look at the facilities we have to offer below:

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National Student Survey 2017
Journalism at UCLan - top 10 in the UK for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.



All students are encouraged to do work experience, and to do all or part of Year 2 in another country.

Students can apply for group project visits abroad – recent trips have included researching the history of Chinese journalism and shooting a feature film in New York.

Other field trips have included the BBC’s Media City in Salford, including the chance to watch from the control room as TV news bulletins go out live.

We offer undergraduate research internships, when you can work alongside world-leading researchers on their latest projects.

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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