International Journalism

International Journalism BA (Hons)

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.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Journalism at UCLan is 1st in the UK for assessment and feedback. We are also 1st in the North West and in the UK top 5 for academic support, as well as being 1st in the North West and in the UK top 20 for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • UCLan’s BA (Hons) International Journalism degree is the only international journalism degree in the UK.
  • UCLan is the third UK partner in the Google News Labs University Network.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • The Professional Journalist 1
  • The Making of the Media
  • Digital Journalism

Plus one option from:

  • Media Law and Regulation
  • Global Politics: An introduction to international relations
  • A foreign language

Year 2

  • The Professional Journalist 2
  • World Desk 1
  • Issues in International Journalism

Plus two options from:

  • Photojournalism
  • Music Journalism
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Upper Intermediate English 1 OR Advanced English

Year 3

One or both from

  • World Desk 2
  • Dissertation

Plus Options from:

  • Workplace Experience
  • Business of Magazines
  • Future Media
  • Constructive Journalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Journalism Project
  • Englsih for Specific Academic Purposes (Higher)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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.

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Further Information

Opportunities on the course

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.

Journalism at UCLan has an excellent record for employability. Our graduates are working in journalism and media industries around the world, including the BBC, South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Angolan Embassy in Lisbon. Typical careers include journalism, broadcast entertainment, public relations, marketing and teaching.

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Trip to Guangzhou, China

Journalism students

Journalism students

Journalism students

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Why study this course?

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.

UCLan journalism alumni

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Check out our facilities

Greenbank Lecture Theatre

Digital News Room

TV Studio Gallery

TV Studio

TV Studio 2

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

Leaders in Residence: Ed Walker

Ed Walker from Reach PLC talks about what skills he thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Hear more from our Leaders in Residence: Robert Nisbet, Spokesman for the UK rail industry | Alex Connock, Missile Digital Studios

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Our 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.

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Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

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Google News Lab

UCLan has become a partner in the Google News Labs University Network

Google News Lab University Network provides in-person training, when possible, and online training materials to professors and students on topics ranging from immersive storytelling, data journalism, trends, trust/verification and more. The benefits of this newly formed connection with Google News Lab for UCLan students are huge. It not only provides them with networking opportunities but also the chance to learn from current experts and professionals in the field.

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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.

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Check out what we've been up to ...

Disability no barrier for BBC bound graduate

A new graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has overcome his disability to land a prestigious position with the BBC.

Mohammed Salim Patel suffers from a degenerative eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa but despite this the international journalism graduate has been successful in gaining a place in the BBC’s Journalism Talent Pool.

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Videos from UCLan trip to Guangzhou, China:

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Course Enquiries

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Silvia Wang

Silvia Wang

International Journalism BA (Hons), 2017

International Journalism graduate wins placement at BBC Radio Lancashire

Silvia Wang graduated from UCLan in 2017 with a first-class honours in International Journalism and was recently awarded third place in the Steve Beckett Award studio radio competition, resulting in the opportunity of a two-day placement at BBC Radio Lancashire.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.