BA (Hons) Journalism – University of Portsmouth

Our BA (Hons) Journalism course was awarded the Best Performing Undergraduate Course for 2017–18 and 2018–19 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This is based on the number of students gaining the gold standard for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

The profession of journalism has evolved rapidly over the last few years and the skills you need to excel as a journalist have changed. If you want to hold those in power to account and keep the public informed, educated and entertained, this BA (Hons) Journalism degree course prepares you for a career in this field.

From learning how to podcast, layout magazine spreads and create video reports to the important skills of uncovering and writing breaking stories to deadline, you’ll learn how to make the most of everything that today’s 24-hour rolling news culture throws at you.

Whether your interests lie in news reporting, coverage of sport or reviewing the latest films and music, or working in related careers like public relations, you’ll develop the essential skills and experience to send you to the top of any editor’s wish list.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Videojournalism for digital platforms
  • Shorthand for journalists
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • Media law court reporting
  • Sports journalism
  • Editing skills for journalists
  • Introduction to PR for journalists
  • Practical magazine journalism

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Bournemouth Echo
  • Daily Mirror
  • ESPN
  • Maidenhead Advertiser
  • Woman magazine
Studying journalism at the University of Portsmouth put me in excellent stead for my future career because of the wide-ranging skills I learnt and the opportunities I was given to put them into practice through valuable work placements. With a focus on practical learning and real-world experience, I felt fully capable of being able to succeed in the media world and equipped to deal with the industry’s challenges following graduation.
Ollie Marsh, digital content executive, Portsmouth FC

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