Studying Journalism at Salford
So you’ve applied to study Journalism, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions?
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 0161 295 4545.
Why study Journalism at the University of Salford?
We're the only university to have a presence at MediaCityUK, one of the country's leading media and creative hubs.
Our graduates and alumni have secured creative placements and jobs at the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and more...
Our facilities include, among other things, several TV studios (which have previously been used by the BBC) and a number of industry-standard recording studios.
A fully functioning, multimedia newsroom
Industry-standard TV studios
Computer and editing suites
Our public-facing news website, Salford Now
Who are the BJTC and why are the journalism courses at Salford accredited?
The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) is an accreditation body supported by the BBC, ITV, Sky News, Associated Press, Reuters, Global Radio and the National Union of Journalists. The BA Journalism Multimedia and BA Journalism Broadcast courses at the University of Salford are among more than 50 journalism courses with BJTC accreditation. The BJTC’s accreditation is highly regarded within the industry because it represents a benchmark of best practice against which potential students can judge prospective courses.
Students at accredited courses are able to take advantage of placement opportunities and enter the BJTC awards, at which Salford students have achieved success in recent years. All students who graduate from our courses receive a certificate from the BJTC.
Do you have any examples of student work that I can read?
Are your journalism courses practical or do I need to write a lot of essays?
Our journalism courses combine practical work and theory, but most of the assessments are practical assignments. For example, students may be asked to record a radio interview, write a newspaper article or shoot and edit a TV package. In second and third year modules, students are often asked to write reflective essay alongside their practical assignments, analysing the work that they have done and drawing lessons from their experiences that can be applied to their future journalism work.
Are there internship options available and what type of jobs could I get after I finish my degree?
We offer a wide range of placement opportunities with industry partners including BBC North West Tonight, ITN, ITV Granada Reports, ITV ‘Tonight', Sky News, Channel 5 News, Global Radio, Hits Radio Manchester Evening News, Bolton News, Lancashire Telegraph, Manchester United, Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood Town and Salford Red Devils.
Many of our graduates go on to work as journalists in TV, radio, print and online newsrooms. Many also secure jobs in communications and PR departments of companies, public sector organisations and sports clubs.
Others have found that the skills they have acquired as journalism students are transferrable to professions such as teaching and the police.
Will I be able to action my own ideas or is the course more traditional?
Students action their own ideas for workshop tasks and assignments. There is plenty of scope for pursuing your own interests and passions on the course, to write and broadcast about stories that interest you. Journalists need to be full of ideas, and we teach students how to find and research their own stories.
How are you preparing the next generation for entering the journalism workplace?
We constantly refresh our course content to keep it fresh and relevant. Many of the lecturers are still active journalists, publishing stories and working shifts in newsrooms alongside their teaching. So we can be working on a story at the weekend which becomes the basis for a classroom exercise the following week.
So you know exactly what to expect as a journalist, as part of your studies you'll take place in regular newsdays. These allow you to cover a developing story, working together in teams (TV, radio, social media) to provide coverage across a range of channels so you can experience all the skills needed to work on real stories in real newsrooms.
What's the professional background of your academics?
Our staff team is made of journalists and former journalists. We have many decades of experience in TV, radio, print and online journalism and many of us are still practising journalists.
Do the journalism courses have any technical staff that'll help me learn new skills?
Our teaching staff are supported by an experienced and talented team of technical demonstrators. They help students to operate broadcasting studios and galleries and teach technical skills such as camera operations and audio and video editing.
What advice do you have if I'm more of an introvert?
You don’t have to be an extrovert to be a journalist. While there are opportunities to present programmes and lead editorial teams on the course, nobody is asked to take on any role that they would be uncomfortable with. We want our course to be accessible to everyone and support is provided at a course and university level.
What interesting projects have your students recently been involved in?
More than 20 of our students stayed up all night to report the results of the 2019 general election. They produced hourly radio and TV bulletins through the night, kept the Salford Now website updated with the latest results, and published a newspaper which was distributed around the University the morning after the election. You can see that they got up to on this short video.
Listen to our third year student Rachael Allison own entertainment podcast and another of our third year students, Oliver Thorpe, reported on 17 competitions across 8 sports in 2019, including the Super League Grand Final and the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Our student success stories
Need more general information?
Find out more about accomodation, finance, and wellbeing and support on our Offer Holder Hub.