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Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

Journalism

University of Essex

Undergraduate courses

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Find out more about how to apply for a course in literature, creative writing, drama, film studies or journalism. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.

Our undergraduate journalism courses equip you with all of the core skills required to be a professional journalist across a multitude of media outlets. You will learn on-the-job, publish material on our dedicated Essexjournalism website, and work in a purpose-built newsroom with access to television, radio studios, and computer software that allows the journalists of today to create and edit content across all media and platforms quickly and professionally.

Professional accreditation

In addition to the skills you learn on the course, our BA Multimedia Journalism is accredited by both the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). As part of this particular course you also have the opportunity to obtain the Diploma of Journalism from the NCTJ - an industry standard recognised and valued by editors when recruiting staff.

Your degree, your way

You can study journalism as a single honours degree or in combination with other subjects as a joint honours degree. Courses are three years of full-time study but can also be taken as a four-year option including a year of study abroad.

  • BA Multimedia Journalism

    The BA Multimedia Journalism is our flagship course, accredited by both the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

    You become equipped with skills and experience in print, television, radio, and online platforms, making you ideally qualified for working in today’s multimedia newsrooms. You learn how to find and tell stories in different media and using different techniques, developing your own style in broadcast and text-based journalism.

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  • BA Journalism and Criminology

    Our BA Journalism and Criminology explores contemporary society and crime whilst simultaneously building your journalistic skills, to analyse and share information and understand it through a social perspective. You gain the ability to understand the wider social context and the nature of crime, and effectively share information.

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  • BA Journalism and Economics

    Our BA Journalism and Economics teaches you to analyse economic decisions and data, discovering the best way to share this information with the rest of the world. You gain an understanding of the economy and be able to effectively share this information through a variety of channels.

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  • BA Journalism and English Language

    Our BA Journalism and English Language gives you a thorough grounding in the English language and expands your multimedia knowledge, giving you the ability to find and tell a story that is engaging and powerful. You develop your research and IT skills by collecting and analysing linguistic data, as well as enhancing your communication style.

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  • BA Journalism and Liberal Arts

    Our BA Journalism and Liberal Arts explores the interconnected world through a multitude of disciplines from ranging from sociology and history to literature and art. You learn how to engage with a wider audience and develop your own journalistic style alongside building a solid understanding of the multiple aspects that shape the world around us.

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  • BA Journalism and Literature

    Our BA Journalism and Literature improves your ability to tell a story and develop an individual and distinctive journalistic style. You explore a wide spectrum of topics from around the globe, develop your skills in using multimedia channels and develop your ability to find and share information that is engaging and powerful.

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  • BA Journalism and Modern Languages

    Our BA Journalism and Modern Languages allows you to expand your multimedia skills whilst developing fluency in new languages. You have the opportunity to choose from French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese and develop the ability to share information with multiple audiences around the world.

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  • BA Journalism and Philosophy

    Our BA Journalism and Philosophy encourages you to dig deeper, think critically, enhance your understanding and debate controversial topics. You discover the social, political, cultural, legal and medical problems that affect everyday life and begin to understand the ethical and philosophical issues surrounding journalism.

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  • BA Journalism and Politics

    Our BA Journalism and Politics expands your knowledge of global politics and develops your analytical ability, putting you at the forefront of political change. You learn how to engage with a wider audience and develop your own journalistic style alongside building a solid understanding of the issues that shape the world around us.

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  • BA Journalism and Sociology

    Our BA Journalism and Sociology explores contemporary society, media and digital society, alongside developing your journalistic skills, helping you to analyse information and understand it within the wider social context. You gain the ability to understand the digital society that we live in and link this to the journalism methods you have studied and how they should be used.

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  • BA Journalism with Business Management

    Our BA Journalism with Business Management offers the unique opportunity to expand your knowledge of business management practices whilst growing your journalistic prowess. You develop your own journalistic style and combine communication and practical multi-media skills with an understanding of business.

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  • BA Journalism with Human Rights

    Our BA Journalism with Human Rights enables you to learn about the fundamental principles and practices which underpin the protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You develop your journalistic skills, helping you to analyse information and understand it within the context of human rights law.

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Undergraduate pathways

If you don’t meet our standard undergraduate entry requirements, our Essex Pathways Department offers undergraduate pathways that equip you with the necessary academic and English language skills to enable you to progress to an undergraduate course in our department.

Languages for all

Our Languages for All scheme allows you to study a language alongside your course at no extra cost.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Study abroad

Study abroad

Our courses give you a variety of options to study abroad, including spending a term or a whole year at one of our partner universities around the world.

Essexjournalism

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As a journalism student your material is published on our dedicated Essexjournalism website. Check out the stories our current journalism students have been reporting on.

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