"I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. I am now working full-time within the editorial department of a multinational company."Claire Fastner, graduate
Journalism and the media sector are in constant flux. The digital world is changing the face of how the industry operates, offering exciting challenges to the next generation of media professionals. Our course is designed to develop multi-skilled, entrepreneurial graduates, armed with the confidence to thrive in the journalism and media industries.
Our course develops advanced practical skills in newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online journalism with a strong emphasis on analysing how the wider media works and examining the cultural contexts in which journalism is produced, circulated and consumed in the 21st century.
At Middlesex, we keep up to date with the latest developments in journalism and media. You will learn the fundamental skills required for a traditional role in journalism such as feature writing, interviewing and news reporting, but there is also huge scope to develop cutting-edge media skills across a range of digital and social platforms. You will carry out practical work using outstanding, professional-standard media facilities and journalism study is approached through the latest industry developments in areas such as micro-blogging, hyper-localism, ethics and press regulation.
On our BA Journalism and Media you will study modules covering different elements of journalism alongside broader media modules.
In your first year you will get to grips with theories related to media and culture and examine the complex relationship between media, culture and power. You will also take a practical, workshop-based module in media production, engaging with industry-standard production methods, and you will take an in-depth look at the newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online journalism industries.
Your second year of study gives you the opportunity to build on your media production skills and focus on feature writing in relation to magazines, newspapers, audio production and creative digital outlets. You will also develop your research skills in preparation for your final year project and choose to take a module from the following options: visual cultures, media work, global journalism or communication techniques.
In your final year, you will look at contemporary journalism in detail and hone your journalism skills. There is greater opportunity to specialise in areas of interest, for example media events and news; campaigns and social change or language and power. A significant part of your final year will be dedicated to your independent project, which brings together the theoretical and practical elements you have engaged with throughout the degree.
You can find more information about this course on the programme specification.
To build on the skills and knowledge developed in MED1001; To further develop subject specific media production practices in the execution of one or more major group projects; To equip students with the advanced skills necessary for major independent projects on MED3000; To enhance student skills in planning, time management and team work.
This module aims to allow students to synchronize their emerging journalistic writing abilities, as introduced by MED1030 Journalism Principles and Practice, with contemporary modes of publishing including layout, design and photography. The module seeks to develop the students as ethically and legally astute creative practitioners. It also enables them to understand and reflect on the core processes involved in taking digital journalism work from concept to consumption.
This module explores the theory and practice of international and digital communication management. Students taking this module can expect to develop knowledge and understanding of the development and status of public relations in various parts of the world - among emerging as well as developed markets - and to develop advanced skills in the delivery and critical evaluation of public relations practices in international contexts.
To introduce students to the major ethical issues, regulatory frameworks and political debates concerning the advertising and public relations PR industries; to develop knowledge and understanding of the social, cultural and political impact of promotional practices in specific contexts; to develop advanced skills - drawing on the methods and critical vocabularies introduced in years one and two - in analysing and evaluating the social, cultural and political effects of promotional practices.
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
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 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit ourEnglish language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
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.
Ludovica Uggeri is from Rome and graduated with a first class BA Journalism and Media degree from Middlesex University. She’s about to start a Master’s in Marketing Management and shares her experiences as an international student
“A friend of mine was studying at Middlesex University and told me about the Journalism and Media course. I liked the look of it because it’s a good mix of theory and practice with lots of links to industry. So I went along to the applicant day and fell in love with the campus. We did a practical workshop in the newsroom and all of the ambassadors and the teachers were extremely nice and helpful. I had an amazing first experience of Middlesex so when the day ended I was sure it was the right choice.
I got loads of support from the moment the student ambassadors came to pick me up at the airport until I graduated. It’s thanks to the international orientation programme, and the fact that I lived in the halls, that I made friends on my first few days in the country.
I’m not a native English speaker but I got a strong academic support from the Learning Enhancement team. They checked my work and helped me to learn how to structure my essays and in the end I graduated with a first class degree!
For anyone considering coming to Middlesex, I’d say that it’s a great place to study and to be. Make sure you get involved in everything. I was scared at first but I met my best friends and had the time of my life. There are so many opportunities in the UK, both in terms of jobs and things to do, particularly in London. Even when I was 1800km away from home, I never felt lonely or excluded. The environment is extremely welcoming and multicultural.
I’m working in marketing now and start a Master’s in Marketing Management at Middlesex soon… They can’t get rid of me!”
BA Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies graduate
"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."
"During my three years studying at Middlesex, I gained in-depth knowledge in different fields, ranging from photojournalism to investigative journalism. This variety helped me to decide on a topic for my final project that I felt excited about.
My tutors at Middlesex have been excellent support and always showed great interest in their field. I have graduated with a first-class degree and am now working full-time within the editorial department at a multinational company. My tutors have encouraged me to continue my studies and I am planning to start a masters in September. Thanks to a fantastic experience at Middlesex University, I cannot wait to start studying again."
"In my second year I was fortunate enough to spend a semester at Baruch College in New York, Manhattan. I applied to the University's student exchange programme in my first year and had the best experience of my life. The process was quite long and you need to stay focused, but the experience itself was life changing. I learnt so much from the exchange and the people that I met and I have recently been back to visit friends. I would definitely recommend looking at spending a semester abroad, it really is incredible."
"The course has really challenged me to think and write in ways I had not previously been familiar with and by doing this I have grown both personally and academically. Middlesex University has given me the confidence to chase my dreams and has provided me with the skills I need to accomplish them. After graduating I would ideally like to work in fashion and beauty journalism but studying at Middlesex has broadened my horizons so I I'm happy to explore other areas of journalism too."
"The lecturers and tutors I have had throughout the three years have been fantastic people and actively passionate about what they are teaching. Whether a subject immediately interested me or whether I still had to get to grips with it, they always made everything fascinating and engaging."
"The Broadcasting Today series organised by the Media Department at Middlesex was one piece of work I'm particularly proud of. Working alongside Kurt Barling, who is Professor of Professional Practice and a BBC Correspondent, I had my first hands-on, live television experience. By contributing to the series I learnt so much and it was a very useful experience to have, especially when applying for a masters."
Lecturer in Journalism and Media and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing with Journalism
Josie actually started her Middlesex career as a lecturer in 2002 but left to increase her experience in the industry, returning in 2012. Josie is the author of five acclaimed Virago books. She has worked as an editor, including for Jonathan Cape, and as a journalist, writing features and reviews for newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the TLS. She has also produced and presented radio strands, features and prime-time programmes for the BBC.
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.