"You've got to learn the skills and be on top of your game now. If you can do that, you will be someone who can continue to perform sustainably for 20 or 30 years."Professor Kurt Barling
With a growing panoply of media available to the public, the need for high-quality, accurate and engaging content has never been greater. This is good news for students contemplating a career in journalism. A BA in Journalism from Middlesex provides the direction you'll need to make it in this competitive profession.
In a word: opportunity. At Middlesex, we aim to give you the best training and facilities, so you can forge a successful career in local, national or international media.
Today's employers demand knowledge of digital applications and broadcasting systems. As a student of BA Journalism at Middlesex, you'll be based in The Grove, a state-of-the-art learning facility complete with professional standard equipment including radio studios, a TV newsroom with live newswire feeds, and a digital publishing suite.
Using the latest technology, you will produce content for print, radio, TV and online platforms. Our modules challenge you to predict and prepare for how the industry will develop in the years to come. You really will get hands-on experience of what's needed to keep pace – and stand out – in the fast lane of journalism. Whether your passion is sport, politics, fashion, or conflict journalism, our programme has the flexibility to respond to your needs.
All of our academic staff are professional journalists and leading academics, and your studies will also be supported by Professors in Professional Practice: BBC Correspondent, Kurt Barling, Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and BBC Editor Aaqil Ahmed. You'll rub shoulders with inspiring and influential people. The Media Department attracts high profile guests, such as American civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, former war correspondent Martin Bell, and Guardian columnist Hugh Muir.
Additionally, you will be required to do 15 days a year in work placements. A whole module is dedicated to placements and practical learning that's geared to giving Middlesex students a head start in the industry. In recent years, our strong links with the media industry have secured work placement and employment opportunities in organisations including NME, BBC, FourFourTwo Magazine, Metro Newspaper, Top Santé Magazine and The Guardian.
At Middlesex, we will teach you the core skills to be a successful journalist in a changing world. Whatever the future throws at you, you'll have the grounding to meet it head on.
This module will introduce you to different writing techniques employed in news reporting and feature writing across print and online platforms. You will also be made aware of best practice in journalistic interviewing and research skills.
This module takes your journalistic development outside of the classroom. You will get to grips with the British court system by court reporting and develop your news skills through produce regular outputs from an assigned geographical 'patch'. You will also complete your first 15 days of work experience.
The module considers your location within culture and society as a starting point for an examination of your understanding of the media and its importance in political action. You will reflect upon, research and publicly respond to an issue in a way that enables you to grow as a journalist, researcher and citizen.
You will be introduced to a range of technologies and techniques necessary for your three-year programme, through spending time in the radio and television studio and the newsroom to produce a portfolio of radio and television bulletins.
You will learn more advanced multiplatform production and reporting techniques. You will produce a portfolio of broadcast news items, to include a two-minute television news package, a three-minute radio feature, and a live interview.
As part of a team, you will produce multi-platform news bulletins and shows. You will take turns to take on the role of director, news editor, vision mixer, bi-media journalist, presenter etc.
You will also complete 15 days of work experience.
The module aims to enable you to confidently make editorial and production decisions with careful consideration of the British legal and ethical boundaries. A journalist having a basic, but rigorous, familiarity with and understanding of the relevant legal processes is a fundamental expectation of most industry employers.
This module introduces you to the key research techniques and methods that are central to the development of your academic and professional practice.
You will consider the circulation of information on an international scale. You will explore the role of the Internet in reshaping the way global journalism is produced and consumed, looking at alternative news sites, citizen journalism and blogging.
You will undertake 40 days of work experience over the three years of study in a relevant news or communications-based industry setting. This module builds on this by enabling you to explore the journalism labour market, including issues related to freelancing, copyright and developing a professional identity. Sessions will cover the essentials of CV writing, building networks, budgeting and developing show reels.
You'll continue to produce your own "live" news programmes, operating in a professional multimedia newsroom environment, prioritising the news agenda, researching, monitoring, gathering and producing news for radio, TV and online.
The module will provide you with an advanced knowledge of how the future of journalism will be shaped by the entrepreneurs developing new business models and innovative modes of production.
Year 3 optinal module choices:
With the freedom to design your own cross platform project, you can start to specialise in your preferred area of journalism.
The dissertation brings together the theoretical and practical learning and assessment you have engaged in over the course of your degree. The dissertation topic is proposed by you and must address an important issue, development, practice, industrial trend or debate within contemporary journalism
This module focuses on the shifting nature of information production in the multi-platform world of contemporary media, and it opens up questions about the implications of these changes for how we understand the world and our place within it. It will cover topics such as the growth of spin, the history of propaganda and the blurring of reality and fiction.
This module will enable students to understand social change and the role of the media, communications and community organising in bringing it about. It will introduce you to a range of different theories of social change and the history of those ideas in practice. You will develop confidence in dealing with the public, press and authority figures and to gain experience of working in a small public facing, interdependent group and develop the skills necessary to be effective in that situation.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 , of which all 45 must be Merit or higher
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree. For more information see our Foundation Year in Media page.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.5 (with minimum 7.5 in all four components).
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
Journalism skills such as research, writing, communication and a proactive approach are highly valued by employers and our journalism graduates have a strong track record in the career market. Many take up positions in the creative industries, some move into different sectors, while others choose to progress into postgraduate study. Our students have secured prestigious work placement and employment opportunities, in organisations including Heat Magazine, BBC Worldwide, FourFourTwo Magazine, Metro Newspaper, Top Santé Magazine and The Guardian.
Careers you might pursue with this degree include journalist for newspapers, magazines, online or broadcast media; magazine editor; publications editor; web editor, public relations officer or freelance writer.
"My experience at Middlesex University has been a great one. I felt very comfortable studying there because of the friendly support of my lecturers, who worked very hard to make sure students enjoyed all the lectures and learned a great deal from them. The beauty of Middlesex University is that it is an international community with a great atmosphere, and even better students. With it's multicultural environment, it really does open your eyes to new cultures and traditions.
I studied the degree of Journalism with Media and Cultural studies. The degree covered diverse modules and taught me a lot. After graduating I managed to secure a job at the BBC as a Web administrator. My job consists of editing articles and publishing them online to the BBC Academy, College of Journalism website. I love working for the BBC and am very proud of reaching this far. Without the help of my tutors at Middlesex University, I wouldn't have had the knowledge or confidence to get this far. I am very happy to have made the decision to study at Middlesex university and would definitely recommend it."
Former Scottish Business Editor of the Sunday Times and sub-editor at the Daily Mirror and its sister paper, the Daily Record.
Winner of one Scottish and three UK Press awards; short-listed again November 2015. Published in The Times, Guardian, Herald, Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, etc.Former Visiting Lecturer at Universities of Westminster, Stirling and Strathclyde; former Programme Leader in Media at UCFB, the college of football business based in Wembley Stadium.
Trained journalists at Johnston Press, Associated Newspapers, and Scottish Television, and still runs courses for the National Union of Journalists.
Aidan is a broadcast journalist who has worked on international news for radio, television and online for many years.
He has reported from East and West Africa and from around France covering political news, but also the performing arts.
When not at Middlesex University he works for the BBC and freelances for national media in the UK, US and Ireland.
His doctoral research, carried out in Paris, investigated the impact of developments in Italian musical publising on musical syntax in the first half of the seventeenth century.
He teaches production for broadcast journalism to undergraduates and supervises final year projects in journalism.
After working on local newspapers in Australia and then a global corporate magazine, Sophie went on to complete a PhD at Murdoch University, Western Australia, in 2014.
Her thesis is based on a comparative study of financial news standards during three boom-and-bust periods. Her research interests lie in the broad intersections between news, the public, politics and the economy.
She has researched at City University on the decline in public trust in media and secular institutions; and the development of the narrative of austerity since the global financial crisis.
She has been part research projects at Cambridge University looking into developments in freedom of expression post- the Arab Spring and attacks on Charlie Hebdo.
Maja has a BA and MA in Journalism and a PhD in Political communication.
She is teaching Advanced Digital Journalism, Contemporary Journalism and Advanced Media Production.
She previously worked at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK).
She has worked as a news anchor and editor at a national television station, and as a section editor in national daily newspapers, radio anchor and journalist.
Her research interests include: media and politics, political communication, political marketing, and gender studies.
This degree is designed to conform to the Broadcast Journalism Training Council’s Guidelines, which is condoned and respected by many top media organisations. The Media Department will be seeking accreditation for this award in 2016 as the BJTC sets professional standards for journalism in the UK.