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Journalism (Multimedia)

BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Journalism

UCAS Code: P50Y

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • You will learn about the latest developments in multimedia journalism as well as gain skills in traditional formats such as print, radio and television
  • You will be taught by professional journalists at MediaCityUK, in a state-of-the-art newsroom equipped with the latest new media technologies specified by industry
  • 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

Journalism has entered a new digital age but at its core remains the craft of investigating and reporting events and issues. This course provides a fusion of traditional practice and new, emerging methods that are shaping the future of journalism.

Taught by professional journalists, you will be encouraged to experiment across a range of platforms in order to deliver cutting edge and dynamic news content.

This practice led course will also afford you the opportunity to regularly work with the latest new media technologies specified by industry, in a brand new state-of-the-art newsroom at the centre of MediaCityUK.

You will learn how to investigate, record, write, edit, present and produce news for online, print, radio and television, with the option to specialise in your preferred area in the final year. You will also be encouraged to work on the student-led broadcast, Quays News, which is supported by industry  and guest editors from the BBC and ITV.

We aim to produce graduates capable of hitting the ground running as competent journalists, with professional multimedia skills. 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 Multimedia pathway will guide you toward a career in online journalism, whilst offering you the flexibility to study options in print, TV and radio. In addition to the BA (Hons) Journalism: Multimedia pathway, there are also pathway options in News and Broadcast.

The course also 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

You will learn how to write and find stories for newspapers, news websites and digital platforms.
Radio professionals will teach you how to write bulletins and create news packages.
You will learn how to write for television and how to shoot and edit packages.
Developing a blog as a journalist and using social media.
Understanding the law surrounding journalism and ethical boundaries.
An introduction to the thoughts, ideas and theory behind journalism practice.

Year 2

You will learn to analyse journalism practice and trends emerging within the profession.
How to operate as an online journalist, including layering and using pictures, audio and video.
Feature writing, sub editing, page design and producing your own newspaper.

The following optional modules may be offered

How the media views and reports on the world of celebrity.
You will write and study stories from court, focusing on the law surrounding court reporting.
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.
You will learn how to report council meetings, parliamentary committees and understand the relationship between journalists and local and central government.
TV feature packages and work in the studio.
Producing in-depth packages and running radio newsdays.
Sports journalists will teach you how to cover anything from football matches to Olympic events - and write profile features on sports stars.
How to write reviews of the latest releases and live concerts.
You will learn how to write different types of features for different markets.
The study of the history and approach to covering conflicts.

Year 3

You will produce news during multi-platform newsdays with professional journalists and also undertake work placements.
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 study of influences shaping the media landscape.
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.
The study of photojournalism and its historical development.
You will examine how journalists approach the reporting of political issues and produce your own political stories.
How PR and journalism interlink, including practical workshops on 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 Pass level 3 to include 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.

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.

All suitable applicants are interviewed.

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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