Skip to main content
Available this clearing

About the course

YouTube or Instagram? Vice or Vox? BBC or Sky? Top Gear or a documentary? The Guardian or The Daily Mail? Cosmo or FourFourTwo? That’s the world of journalism today: diverse, multimedia and international. And as a Solent journalist, you will have opportunities to explore not just the traditional fields of news, magazines and broadcast but also online platforms, documentary, communications, PR and more.

BA (Hons) Journalism scored 94% overall student satisfaction and ranked number 2 in the UK for NSS 2020.

The range of career options ahead of you is huge. And our journalism graduates can be found in almost every sector of journalism and communications – at the BBC, Sky and other internationally renowned media companies; in digital start-ups, in magazines, PR, politics and corporate comms and marketing.

Our journalism students graduate with great analytical and multimedia skills, and a strong grasp of journalistic ethics – plus the professional confidence that will let you jump straight into a graduate job. Intensely career-focused, the course will fast-track your ambition in journalism or any part of the fast-changing media landscape. 

Real-world experience is vital for your career, so the degree offers work placements and portfolio-building. Plus regular production ‘news days’, where live output including location shooting with mobile phones combines with traditional news production for a digital platform. Our studios, technology and software are state-of-the-art, and among the best in the country.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals and academics who’ll help you find your voice, as a writer, director, producer or presenter. Guest lectures from top industry professionals will help you make contacts and get real-life understanding of the job you want to do.  

At Solent you don’t just study journalism, you do it. On top of our modern facilities, we keep up with the latest changes in the media. Our reputation and track record in producing industry-ready graduates speak for themselves.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Sandwich year
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Solent Journalism has a track record of students entering top journalism organisations, plus PR, marketing and the corporate world.

What does this course lead to?

Recent Solent journalism graduates have found jobs at organisations such as the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, The Sun and Closer magazine. Other roles in media and communications have included managing media output for Southampton Football Club, editor of a national car magazine, reporters with local newspapers, travel writing, a creative manager at Sporf, video editor at Lego, political campaigner at 38 Degrees, a campaigns manager for the NUS, a senior executive at a successful digital start-up and a senior PR executive at Rolls-Royce cars. 

Who is this course for?

Journalism is a diverse career, offering opportunities not only for those who love writing, but equally for photojournalists, would-be TV presenters and aspiring documentary-makers. Journalism is an excellent preparation for stimulating multimedia jobs with organisations as diverse as Premier League football clubs, the Police and top international corporations. Solent graduates have also gone into politics, research and teaching.    

Do you have an inquisitive mind and an interest in the world around you? Do you want to use the incredible passport journalism offers to experience – and capture – the inside story? Then Solent’s journalism degree is for you.

Facts and figures

Fees icon

Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,800

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:

We recommend the purchase of a portable hard disk drive (HDD), available for around £50. However, students may also be able to use a suitable cloud-based system.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
Key entry requirements icon

Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about the UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Duration
Apply
Full-time  3 years  Apply 
Placement year  4 years  Apply 

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Duration
Apply
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Placement year  5 years  Apply 
Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • News Skills and Values
  • Audio Journalism and Production
  • Research Skills
  • The Digital Writer
  • Video Journalism and Production
  • Media Law

Year two

Core modules
  • Reporting and Industry
  • Journalism in Society
  • Reporting and Responsibility
  • Journalism and Research
  • Digital Storytelling

Options

  • Editorial Styling
  • Global Affairs
  • Literary Journalism

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation or Final Major Project
  • Professional Production 1
  • Professional Production 2
  • Transferable and Professional Skills

Options

  • Public Relations and Promotion Skills
  • Photography
  • Travel Journalism
  • Sports Commentary and E-Sports

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Kevin O'Donovan academic profile Kevin O'Donovan Course Leader View profile
Graham Bond academic profile Graham Bond Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Ansell academic profile Paul Ansell Senior Lecturer View profile
John May academic profile John May Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Our facilities, facing Southampton city centre’s East Park, are stunning. Setting aside our new £30-million teaching facility, the Spark, the journalism degree benefits from multi-million pound investment in state-of-the-art media facilities. That means new TV and radio studios, well over £1 million in TV and digital equipment for students to borrow, an industry-standard newsroom, the latest editing software and one of the highest ratios of cameras and computers to students of any university in the country.

In detail:

  • New £30 million state-of-the-art teaching facility.
  • Three modern multi-camera TV studios with industry-standard equipment.
  • Modern industry-grade newsroom equipped with Macs and specialist TV news and editing software.
  • £1 million investment in specialist equipment, including the latest film industry and TV video cameras, still cameras, and the newest digital audio technology.
  • Eight self-contained radio studios used for live shows, podcasting and audio editing and production.
  • Large suite of fully-equipped photography studios.

We look after you. Solent Journalism is a friendly, accessible degree with an enviable reputation for taking an interest in our students. You are supported professionally and in every way we can. Our former students come back to offer guest lectures on how they got their industry breaks.

Your future

Our graduates become reporters, writers, editors and media producers of all kinds; and the skills you will develop are also ideal for a wide range of other careers in everything from corporate PR to teaching to advocacy.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Online and newspaper news reporting
  • TV and radio reporting
  • Online video
  • Specialist reporting (fashion, sport, motoring, arts…)
  • Writing, editing and publishing
  • Feature writing
  • TV and radio documentary
  • PR and marketing
  • Corporate communications
  • Press officer (police, government departments etc.)
  • Political advocacy, pressure groups
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • The journalism course at Solent truly set me up for life as a professional journalist. The lecturers supported me throughout and encouraged me to network and gain as much work experience as possible – key factors that made my CV stand out to employers and got my foot on the career ladder.

    Katherine Romero, graduate now a showbiz writer at Closer magazine

Industry links

Industry placements play a key role in the degree, providing the contacts to help kick-start your career. We have an excellent programme of guest lectures by top industry professionals, and our star-studded network of alumni in the media industries provides an exceptional opportunity to get your career off to a great start.

Placements

Work experience is an essential part of the degree, and is assessed at L5 (second year) and L6 (third year) of the programme. Students will source their own work placements, with support and guidance from the course team. The minimum requirement varies across the levels, with not less than one week's work experience per academic year.

You are also able to participate in industry practice during the course. This can be either in external organisations such as suitable media, communications, media or press offices, or based within our in-house Solent Press and Solent Creatives agencies.

Graduate stories

Isabel's story

Isabel Johnston - Communications Business Partner at NHS

What made you choose to study at Solent?
At the time, Solent came up as one of the leading universities for journalism. Also, it had a good location for what my then partner was doing and I wanted an international qualification.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
Strategic PR/all-around communications. I love all parts of it, as it brings together all elements of internal and external communications as well as media. Also dealing with senior directors and advising on most appropriate messages.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
The course re-affirmed that I wanted to work in the media industry. It's a great university for hands-on, creative courses. Solent provides a great mix of practical and theoretical skills and it has great lecturers that are experts in their field.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Solent University Open Days

Experience Solent for yourself. Meet our staff, students and explore our amazing facilities.

View our events