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About the course

If you aspire to build a career in newspapers, TV, radio or digital media, Southampton Solent University’s journalism programme can help you to become an expert at producing content for a range of different mediums. You’ll learn the fundamental academic theory that underpins good journalism, gain insights from inside the industry and explore the culture of the modern reporting.

This one-year course allows you to ‘top up’ your existing skills and qualifications, turning them into a full honours degree in journalism.

Southampton Solent University is proud to offer our students some of the most up-to-date media facilities south of London. Our multi-million-pound media academy includes a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, the latest professional media editing software and a dedicated crisis room.

Social media platforms and the internet now empower millions of people from all around the world with the ability to access, post and make comment on editorial content in an instant. As such, we take care to look at the ways in which this is changing the media landscape, and how it can present unique opportunities for savvy young job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Southampton Solent’s journalism programme offers a variety of study options which allow you to either deepen your understanding of a specific area or develop a broad understanding of the industry.

Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Top-up degree

Teaching is handled by an academic team with extensive industry experience, including time spent working with major news publications. The teaching team can use this experience to help support students while they look for work placements.

What does this course lead to?

Recent graduates are working for organisations such as the BBC, The Sun, Closer magazine and the Portsmouth News. Others have diverse roles in media and communications, including a major rugby club, the NUS and Rolls-Royce.

Who is this course for?

This intensive one-year top-up programme is ideally suited to students who are qualified at a HND level and would like to upgrade to a full undergraduate honours degree.

Students will graduate with an improved portfolio of published work and will be ready to pursue careers in journalism, PR, radio, broadcasting and marketing. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 1 Year Standard Entry P502
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year

Other costs

The 2018/19 costs are not yet available, but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

Optional NCTJ exam costs: £200

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.

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Key entry requirements

Relevant HND/foundation degree pass with Merit Overall (55 per cent)

  • or 240 CATS points from a relevant three-year degree.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an interview.
  • Applicants may be telephoned by a member of the academic team to discuss their application.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

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: 023 8201 3039

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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Major Project 
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Reading Contemporary Culture


  • Digital Photography
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Travel Journalism 
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing)
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice
  • Curriculum Plus

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


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
Jim O'Brien academic profile Jim O'Brien 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.


You’ll have access to the excellent facilities in our state-of-the-art creative industries media academy, including multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, the latest editing software and a dedicated newsroom.

The curriculum is built around practical insights into the media industry. Previous students have benefitted from access to live client projects and industry guest speakers.

Your future

The course will equip you with strong journalism and communication skills, and often the contacts to build a career in media and beyond. Graduates will also be well equipped to pursue careers in politics, commercial business, publishing and research.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Online
  • Newspaper and magazine reporting
  • writing and editing
  • Radio and broadcast news reporting and editing
  • Public relations and communications
  • As a mature student, I thought long and hard about leaving my job to go to university. I am convinced beyond doubt that I made the right choice.

    Susa Dickerson, Graduate

Industry links

Our talented teaching team has current and wide-ranging media experience and strong industry links. These contacts and our ever-expanding network of graduates in media roles provide students with publishing and placement opportunities. You’ll also be able to take advantage of our exciting guest speaker programme.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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