Undergraduate Journalism Degrees

Journalists are taking the lead in the digital information age. We'll treat you as a working journalist from the moment you join us.

Choose any of our journalism degrees and you'll learn the essential skills to work in any media. If you want all-round training and a fast-track into the workplace, try our two-year accelerated course. And if you want to specialise in sports, games, public relations (PR) or broadcasting, we can help.

You'll learn from experience on our TV news set and in our newsroom. We have iMacs with all the latest software for audio-visual production. There's also a fully-equipped radio studio and the chance to get involved in OMGRadio, the University's own station. You'll find out what it's like to be a real journalist by working on our StaffsLive website. Run by students, it's visited by tens of thousands of people looking for accurate reports of local events.

Our courses are accredited by organisations like the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). So your skills will be recognised by big employers in the sector when you graduate and start looking for a job. Our students have also won regional and national awards for their work, including Midlands Media Awards.

Courses

What our staff and students say

The lecturers and staff are outstanding, with such a diverse range of skills and experience; I think taking advantage of their knowledge with one-to-one sessions is crucial for job applications and planning your career path. The course and working on StaffsLive were crucial in landing my internship.

Laurence Mozafari - Journalism graduate

The broadcast journalism course at the University prepares you well, it gives you the hands on experience of industry. One highlight was the lecturers handing over the newsroom to the students for the day and saying: 'create a radio show or TV broadcast showing real news for one hour'. We couldn't go off air for a second - that was a great learning experience.

Harriet Rhodes - Broadcast Journalism graduate

Having had offers from several Broadcast Journalism courses, choosing Staffordshire was the best choice I could have made. The practical nature of the course meant I was able to contribute immediately in a newsroom environment and make the most of work experience opportunities. The academic and social experience was second to none!

Michael Sibert - Broadcast Journalism graduate

Facilities

TV News Set

The Television News Set provides a professional three-camera news studio floor and gallery environment in which students get to familiarise themselves with industry standard facilities and techniques.


Radio Studios

Three professionally equipped radio studios equipped with a range of specialist news production and music scheduling software (Burli, Myriad) and professional hardware (Sonifex S2 mixing desks, ISDN units).


Multi-Platform Newsroom

Housing 30 iMacs complete with all the software necessary for multi-platform Journalism (InDesign, Quark, Photoshop, Premiere, Adobe Audition).


Take a 360 look at our Journalism Facilities

Careers

Our Journalism graduates often go on to successful careers as reporters, editors, TV and radio presenters, and sports commentators.

They're working for BBC TV and radio, ITV News nationally and regionally, Sky TV, commercial radio stations, websites, local and national newspapers, and magazines. They also work for press offices, PR agencies and sports organisations including Premier League football clubs.

All of our journalism students have the chance to take National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) exams. The NCTJ Diploma is a key qualification when looking for a job at a newspaper or news agency. Many students also find permanent work through their placements.

Employment Opportunities:

Our graduates have found employment in these roles, among others:

  • Producer
  • Reporter
  • Presenter
  • Editor
  • Marketing officer
  • Advertising agency staff
  • PR executive
  • Digital content writer/editor
  • Social media executive

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students joining us in September.

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could develop your employability skills in a broader field. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience.

Study with us and you'll spend at least three weeks in a work placement – most likely in a newspaper, broadcast newsroom or press office.

Work Experience Opportunities

Students on our Journalism degrees have worked with:

  • Sky
  • BBC
  • BBC Radio Stoke
  • The Telegraph
  • Eurosport
  • ESPN
  • ITV
  • Input Media
  • Manchester United Football Club
  • The Press Association
  • The Sentinel