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Journalism (Broadcast)

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Journalism

UCAS Code: PP53

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • You will gain specialist broadcast skills in radio and television while working across multiple media platforms
  • You will be taught by professional journalists at MediaCityUK, in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with industry standard radio and television studio spaces
  • You will have the opportunity to take NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) examinations
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Based in the heart of MediaCityUK, you will be taught by professional journalists in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with the latest new media technologies and specialised radio and television studio spaces.

Broadcast journalism is challenging, demanding and exciting work. This practical course will allow you to experience every aspect of broadcast journalism from writing and directing right down to presenting for live and recorded audiences. From day one, you will be expected to think and act like a journalist working in radio and television.

While this course will enable you to work across multiple media platforms, its main focus will encourage you to specialise in the area of broadcast journalism, allowing you to hone your ability to investigate, record, write, edit, present and produce news for radio and television formats.

You will have ample opportunity to put your skills into practice through regular news days and practical assessments. This will all be supported by the study of law, ethics and journalism theory. You will also be encouraged to contribute to the student- led broadcast, Quays News, which is supported  by industry professionals and guests editors from the BBC and ITV.

Graduates have secured journalism jobs at the BBC, ITV, a range of newspapers and online sites as well as finding work in related areas such as public relations.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

You will study six modules in Year One, providing you with a broad  understanding of journalism across print, online, radio and TV mediums.

You will then have the opportunity to pursue a specialised pathway  throughout Year Two and Three.  This will  allow you to build on core skills gained from Year One as well as create your  own programme route from a suite of optional modules including sports  journalism, music journalism and political journalism.

The Broadcast pathway will guide you towards a career in TV and  radio journalism, whilst offering you the flexibility to study options in print  and online.  In addition to BA (Hons)  Journalism: Broadcast, there are also pathway options in News and  Multimedia.

The course includes shorthand tuition, allowing you to reach the  gold standard of 100wpm, as well as broadcast workshops in editing and use of  equipment, including cameras and recording devices.

Your final year will include multi-platform newsdays in our  MediaCityUK newsroom and work placements with our industry partners.

Throughout your study, you will also be offered the opportunity to  take NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) examinations.

Year 1    

This module will enable you to identify the distinctive qualities of print, online and digital news journalism. You will learn how to source and produce stories for print and online platforms, providing you with fundamental editorial and technical skills such as news judgment, interviewing, writing        and structuring news stories, and working to deadlines.      
You will be taught by seasoned radio professionals, providing tuition in a range of skills including writing bulletins, creating feature packages, editing audio and employing audio recording equipment. You will also begin to deepen your knowledge of radio journalism by producing simple news packages        and familiarising yourself with the radio newsgathering process.      
One of the core aims of this module is to equip you with the technical skills necessary to produce broadcast quality news. In addition to gaining a strong understanding of camerawork and video editing, you will also learn how to write and structure stories for television news formats.      
You will delve into various forms of digital journalism by developing your own blog and exploring the multitude of social media publishing outlets available to journalists today. By creating your own blog, you will also learn about the aesthetic values and content development of online journalistic        applications.      
Understanding the law surrounding journalism and ethical boundaries is essential learning for any aspiring journalist. For that reason, this module provides you with a basic understanding of the legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks to which journalists work.      
This module takes you through the historical development of journalism in the UK. You will analyse this dynamic field within the wider social, political and economic frameworks of modern society, enabling you to identify the role of the industry in contemporary political and cultural life.      

Year 2    

Core Modules

Further enhancing your skills acquired in Year One, this module introduces you to more advanced techniques in editing and camerawork, live reporting and studio skills. You will develop your editorial and creative skills in producing TV feature packages by working in our state of the art studios.      
Building upon your learning from Year One, this module will increase your editorial and creative capacity to produce longer form radio feature packages and magazine programmes. By producing radio news investigations and running radio newsdays, you will begin to recognise the core values and the demands        of this dynamic specialism.      
The main purpose of this module is to develop your understanding of the ways in which technological, social, political and cultural changes have impacted the study of journalism. You will learn to analyse journalism practice and the contemporary trends emerging within the profession whilst improving        your research skills and your ability to critically evaluate your own practice.      

The following optional modules may be offered

You will gain an in depth insight into the concepts and practices behind the production of successful newspaper campaigns as well as a grounded awareness of the different markets and styles for print journalism. In this module, you will acquire the advanced editorial skills necessary for producing your        own newspaper including feature writing, sub editing and page design.      
This module will provide you with an overview of how the media views and reports on the world of celebrity. You will learn the professional skills of celebrity journalism as well as develop a critical understanding of the challenges and constraints facing celebrity journalists today, including ethical        dilemmas such as media bias, cheque book journalism and issues around privacy.      
Focusing on the law surrounding court reporting, this module will build upon your learning from the Law and Ethics module in Year One. You will analyse court procedures used in the development of UK law and explore the effect of court reporting restrictions on the news gathering process.      
This module addresses the political and social impact of the communication revolution. It examines topics such as globalization, the media and foreign policy-making, new media and global activism and media coverage of international crises.    
The exciting field of sports journalism encompasses everything from football matches and rugby games to global Olympic events. In this elective module, you will learn essentials skills for writing clear and concise sports copy, interviewing players and officials, and producing match reports for print      and online sports publications.    
By understanding the complex relationship between the music industry and its target markets, you will be equipped to write accurate and engaging reviews of the latest music releases and live concerts. In addition to exploring the evolution and variety of this genre, you will also further advance your      interviewing skills and writing abilities.    
You will learn how to write different types of features for newspapers and magazines in various markets. By the end of this module, you will have gained practical skills in the art of feature writing as well as enhanced your ability to formulate and pitch story ideas to commissioning editors.    
Building on the preliminary aspects of online journalism introduced in Year One, this module will further prepare you for the demands of the digital workplace by providing you with a range of competencies in interactive online journalism. Operating as an online journalist, you will learn a number of      techniques including layering and using pictures, audio and video.    
This module aims to provide you with a broad history of war reporting from the Boer War to the present day. This will enable you to assess the role of technological developments in war reporting and the social, cultural and political trends affecting war reporters today.    
This module will raise your awareness of UK government systems, providing you with an overview of national, regional and local government and the relationship of each with the news media. You will learn how to report council meetings, parliamentary committees and understand the relationship between      journalists and local and central government.    

Year 3  

Core Modules

The core aim of this module is to provide you with professional journalism experience in state of art, multimedia newsrooms. By working alongside professional journalists during multi-platform newsdays, you will sharpen your professional skills and further prepare yourself for the demands of working      in a modern digitalised newsroom.    
You will produce an in-depth piece of newspaper, radio or television journalism with professional tutorial supervision or undertake a dissertation in a journalism-related area with academic support.    

The following optional modules may be offered

The purpose of this module is to provide you with a critical awareness of the ways in which influential interests and power can shape the nature of communication media policy. You will explore a range of policies as well as the main actors and institutions who devise and influence media policy creation.    
This module examines the historical context of investigative journalism and the challenges faced by news organisations and by investigative journalists when publishing their work. It studies the specialist methods used by investigative journalists including secret recording and analysis of documentary      evidence and the legal and ethical issues involved.    
You will gain an in depth understanding of photojournalism by critically evaluating this specialised craft from technical, practical, aesthetic, ethical, legal, sociological and psychological perspectives. You will have the opportunity to enhance your expertise as a photojournalist by developing your      own portfolio and engaging in a range of briefs.    
You will examine how journalists approach the reporting of political issues, gaining a broad understanding of techniques and practices used in regional, national and international contexts. You will also analyse the use of social media in political reporting as well as consider relevant ethical dilemmas      around editorial control, spin and the lobby system.    
This module will examine the role of the PR industry and its link to journalism and the media. Through a number of practical workshops, you will gain a strong understanding of the principles and practices behind successful PR strategies and campaigns.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
English and Maths GCSE grade C
UCAS tariff points 112-128 points
GCE A level 112-128 points. General Studies accepted.
BTEC National Diploma DDM
Foundation Degree Successful completion
Scottish Highers 112-128 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 112 points
International Baccalaureate 31-32 points
Access to HE 112-128 points, including Media and English

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

All suitable applicants are interviewed.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.0) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

You need to be keen, dedicated and show evidence of your desire to become a journalist.

We’ll expect candidates to have engaged in journalism, for example, through a work placement, school magazine or newspaper.

Good English and communication skills are vital. You may also be invited to an interview and asked to undertake a journalism test.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Beth Hewitt the Director of Admissions for further information.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Mostly through practical journalistic work – coursework, projects and practical exercises. There’ll also be some exams and short essays.


  • Lectures (15%)
  • Workshops (50%)
  • Newsdays (20%)
  • Professional engagement (15%)


You will be well prepared for a career in the media, communications, or information sectors. You’ll have the multimedia skills and flexibility to work across any of the traditional and new media. By achieving a good degree you’ll be equipped for a career in journalism in print, radio, television and online.

Career Prospects

Graduates have secured journalism jobs at the BBC, ITV, newspapers and online sites.

They have also found work in related areas, including public relations.

Alumni Profile

Jonathan Griffin graduated in 2010 and now is a BBC Researcher working for FiveLive in Manchester. He was offered his position after completing work experience during his course.  

Jonathan Brown graduated in 2010 and is now a trainee reporter for the Yorkshire Post.  

Calvin Karambakuwa undertook several broadcast placements during his course at Salford and now works for ITV as a trainee news journalist. He graduated in 2011.

Links with Industry

The course works with a wide variety of media organisations including the BBC, ITV, Key 103, Real Radio, Trinity Mirror (including the Manchester Evening News), Bolton News and Cavendish Press.

They provide professional engagement opportunities including work placements, guest lecturers and industry visits.

Further Study


You will be based at a unique digital learning, teaching and research space at MediaCityUK. We will be located at the heart of national BBC departments and hundreds of creative, digital and media organisations. Specialist facilities include high spec radio and television studios and a multi-platform newsroom.

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