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Top Journalism Colleges in UK

Komal Yadav Komal Yadav
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Journalism colleges in the UK rank at top position according to QS World Subject Rankings. With BBC, ITV plc, CNN, The Daily Mail, Press Gazette like media giants in house, the UK is always in need of skilled journalists. The 2 year stay back policy of the country is an added perk for study abroad aspirants wanting to pursue a career in this field

  • 7 Journalism colleges in the UK come under top 50 colleges around the world, as per the QS News Ranking for 2020. 
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science was ranked 4th and Goldsmiths University of London was ranked 7th among the world universities.
  • Research shows that over three-quarters of journalism students are employed within six months of graduation. 
  • Almost one-fifth of graduates are working as journalists, newspaper and periodical editors with an average starting salary of 16,000 GBP/annum.
  • Arts, design and media employ the highest number of graduates having a degree from journalism universities in UK. 
Employment for Journalists in UK

Globally Ranked Journalism Colleges in UK

The UK houses few of the best universities for journalism studies offering degrees in various disciplines. If you are an international student planning to study in the UK , go through the list given below which provides top journalism universities:

University/ CollegesQS Ranking 2020 (Subject)Courses Offered
The London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE)47 masters degree, masters double degree with partner universities, 2 doctoral degree
Goldsmiths, University of London76 bachelor's degree, 1 integrated bachelor's degree, 11 masters degree, 2 doctoral degree
University of Leeds221 bachelor's degree, 4 masters degree, 1 doctoral degree
Cardiff University257 bachelor's degree, 10 masters degree,3 doctoral degrees
University of Westminster401 bachelor's degree, 2masters degrees, 2 doctoral degrees
University of Leicester433 bachelors degree, 1 masters degree, +doctoral degrees
Loughborough University491 bachelor's degree
City, University of London51-1002 bachelors degree, 8 masters degrees, 1 doctoral degree
The University of Sheffield51-1003 bachelors degree, 3 masters degree, 2 post graduate diploma, 1 doctoral degree

Degree Types and Specializations at Journalism Colleges in UK

There is a vast array of specialization at different levels of higher education in journalism offered by top universities in the UK for international students. Few of the popular ones are tabulated below:

Newspaper JournalismBroadcast Journalism
Television JournalismMagazine Journalism
Financial JournalismInteractive Journalism
Investigative JournalismInternational Journalism
Multimedia JournalismJournalism with Creative Writing
Promotional Media:PRJournalism, Media,Communication
History and JournalismDigital Journalism

The various types of degrees offered at different level of higher studies in journalism universities of UK are given below: 

  • Undergraduate: 3-4 year long full time bachelors degrees as BA, BSc and Integrated Bachelors. 
  • Postgraduate Courses : 1-2 years long master's degrees as MA, MSc and MRes.
  • Doctoral Courses: 3-8 years long doctoral degrees as MPhil,PhD.

Undergraduate Program at Top Journalism Colleges in UK

Undergraduate degrees in journalism universities in the UK are offered as bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. Few of the universities also offer integrated bachelor's degrees. Here’s a list of top journalism colleges in the UK offering bachelor's degrees: 

University/CollegesProgram OfferedDurationTuition Fee/Annum (in GBP)
Goldsmiths, University of LondonBA(Journalism/ History and Journalism/ Media and Communication)3 years16,390-17,400
Integrated Bachelors(Media & Communications)4 years (1 Foundation year + 3 years undergraduate degree)17,400
University of LeedsBA(Journalism)3 years19,500
Cardiff UniversityBA(Journalism and Communication/ Media, Journalism and Culture)3 years17,450-17,700
University of WestminsterBA(Journalism)3 years14,000
University of LeicesterBA(Journalism/ Journalism and Creative Writing/ Media and Communications)3-4 years17,450
Loughborough UniversityBSc(Hons) (Media and Communication)3 years/4 years with placement year18,650
City, University of LondonBA(Hons) (Journalism )/ BSc(Hons) (Media, Communications and Sociology)3-4 years17,510/15,390
The University of SheffieldBA(Journalism Studies/ Digital Media and Society)3 years18,500-20,800

Fees and Funding for Bachelors in Journalism in UK

The average expense of pursuing undergraduate degrees in journalism from the UK is around 14,000 GBP to 20,800 GBP per annum. Studying in the UK can prove to be expensive but numerous bachelor scholarships for international students in the UK are offered that you can apply for during your studies. 

Admission Process for Bachelors in Journalism in UK

Universities of the UK take in new applications for undergraduate courses around September and October. The actual deadlines may vary depending on the university or the concerned course. That’s why, applicants are advised to go through the university official website. International students can make their undergraduate application for journalism degrees through UCAS portal.

Eligibility Criteria for Bachelors in Journalism in UK

For Journalism courses in the UK, every university has different nationality specific eligibility criteria. However, these are few of the general eligibility that international applicants need to meet-

  • Qualifications: 75% to 80% in classes X and XII/Higher Secondary Certificate.
  • Language proficiency: IELTS- At least 7.0 (with a min of 6.0 in each subskill), TOEFL iBT- At least 100 (with a min of 20 in each subskill), PTE- At least 70 (with a minimum of 54 in all communicative skills)

Documents Required for Bachelors in Journalism in UK Admission

In general, these are the documents you need to provide for your undergraduate admission in the universities of the UK

  • Complete Admission Form
  • A Personal Statement
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation

Postgraduate Program at Journalism Colleges in UK 

One of many perks of pursuing a Journalism degree from the UK is this country's 1 year long masters program which saves both your money and time. However, the duration of the part time masters courses are longer. 

Given below is the list of postgraduate degrees offered by journalism universities in UK: 

University/CollegesProgram OfferedDurationTuition Fee/Annum (in GBP)
The London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE)MSc(Media and Communications, Politics and Communication)/MSc(Rescarch)Full time - 1 year/ Part time - 2 year22,608
Goldsmiths, University of LondonMA/MSc(Journalism/ Digital Journalism / Television Journalism)Full time -1 year / Part time -2 year15,500-20,360
MRes(Media & Communications)Full time -1 year / Part time -2 year14,760
University of LeedsMA(International Journalism/ International Communication/ Political Communication)Full time -1 year / Part time -2 year21,500
Cardiff UniversityMA/MSc(Broadcast Journalism/ Magazine Journalism/ Computational and Data Journalism)1 year17,450-21,950
University of WestminsterMA(Multimedia Journalism- Broadcast, Print and Online)Full time -1 year / Part time -2 yearFull time - 17,000/ Part time -1,900
University of LeicesterMA(Digital Media and Society)1 year18,175
City, University of LondonMA( Television Journalism/ Financial Journalism/ Newspaper Journalism/ Investigative Journalism)10-12 months20,810
The University of SheffieldMA(Journalism/ Magazine Journalism)1 year22,150

Fees and Funding for Masters in Journalism in UK

Tuition fee for postgraduate degrees in journalism ranges between 14,000 GBP to 23,000 GBP per annum. Adding to tuition fee, there’s also living expenses in the UK that an international student needs to keep in account. A few scholarships are available for masters students in the UK that you can apply for during your postgraduate study.

Admission Process for Masters in Journalism in the UK

International students can apply through UCAS Portal for postgraduate journalism degrees in the UK. The intake season for most of the universities is September to October.

Eligibility Criteria for Masters in Journalism in the UK

Below given are the general qualifications an international student needs to meet for pursuing a postgraduate degree from journalism universities in UK: 

  • Qualification: A first-class or strong upper second-class in undergraduate Journalism or related degree with an overall average of 55% or CGPA 6.0 out of 10.0. Some universities in the UK also ask for evidence of some journalism (or equivalent) experience.
  • Language proficiency: IELTS - At least 7.0(with at least 6.0 in each subskill), TOEFL iBT- At least 100(with a min of 20 in each subskill), PTE- At least 70(with no less than 54 in all communicative skills)

Documents Required for Masters in Journalism in UK Admission

  • Academic Transcripts.
  • Curriculum Vitae, with academic and co-curricular achievements.
  • Statement of academic purpose
  • Two academic references
  • Letter of recommendation

**University of Westminster also asks for a link to one sample of the applicant's own published work in their personal statement. This could be a sample of writing (in English), video or audio output (e.g. a blog post, a published news article, YouTube video or similar). 

Doctorate at Journalism Colleges in UK

Doctoral degrees in Journalism are delivered either as MPhil or PhD in universities of the UK. The degrees are offered over the course of 3-4 years. The time duration increases for part time courses. 

Below given is a tabulated list of doctoral degrees offered by the top journalism universities of the UK.

University/CollegesProgram OfferedDurationTuition Fee/Annum (in GBP)
The London School of Economics and Political Science(LSE)MPhil/PhD3-4 years (minimum 2 years)19,368
Goldsmiths, University of LondonMPhil/PhD(Media & Communications)Full time- 3-4 years / Part time- 6-8 years14,760
University of LeedsPhD (Media & Communications)3-5 years
Cardiff UniversityMPhil/PhD (Journalism,Media and Culture/ Politics and International Relation/ Language and Communication)MPhil – Full time - 2 years/ Part time - 2-3 years10,975
PhD – Full time – 3 years/ Part time – 5-7 years
University of WestminsterMPhil/PhD (Media and Communications)33 months13,700
University of LeicesterMPhil/PhD (Media and Communication)Full time - 3-3.5 years/ Part time - 6-6.5 years15,520
City, University of LondonMPhil/PhD (Journalism )2-4 yearsFull time - 12,240/ Part time - 6,120
The University of SheffieldMPhil/PhD (Communication, Media or Journalism)Full time - 3-4 years / Part time - 6-8 years20,800

Fees and Funding for PhD in Journalism in UK

Pursuing a doctoral degree in Journalism from the UK costs around 14,000 GBP to 21,000 GBP. Most Of the doctoral courses offered by universities of the UK are fully funded and students are offered stipends during the course of their studies. Aside from that for financial aid students can always look for scholarships available for international doctoral students in the UK.

Admission Process for PhD in Journalism in the UK

Intake season in most of the universities of the UK is September to October. For specific information about deadlines, applicants are advised to go through the official website of the university. Application to doctoral degrees in journalism universities of the UK can be made through UCAS portal. 

Eligibility Criteria for PhD in Journalism in the UK

General eligibility criteria that you need to fulfill to get enrolled in the doctoral programme for Journalism studies in the UK are as follows -

  • Qualification: Good performance in a master's course in Journalism; and 

A first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in Journalism or another approved subject. GPA 3.3 out of 4.0 (60 to 64 percent).

  • Language proficiency: IELTS-6.5(with a min of 6.0 in each component), TOEFL iBT- 92 overall,PTE- 58 average(with 55 in each component),CAE- 176(with a min 169 in each component)

As a part of fulfilling the eligibility criteria, international applicants are also required to submit the scores for these tests required to study in the UK.

Documents Required for PhD in Journalism in UK Admissions

  • Two references
  • CV
  •  A personal statement, 
  • Research Proposal with formal application
  • UK student visa

Scholarships Available at Journalism Colleges in UK

Studying in universities of the UK can burn a hole in your pocket. However, there’s plenty of financial aid available for international students in the form of scholarships, student loans etc. 

Scholarships available for international students in the UK are generally of three kinds-global scholarships, country-specific scholarships and university-specific scholarships.

Following are the few general and university-specific scholarships that an international student can avail: 

ScholarshipsApplicable forScholarship Stipend(in GBP)
The Global Study AwardsInternational students undertaking UG and PG programs at Universities of the UK10,000
Great ScholarshipInternational students in all UG and PG courses in universities of UK10,000
Brokerfish International Student ScholarshipInternational students in all programs in universities of UK1,000
Chevening ScholarshipInternational students in PG courses from any university in the UKVariable
Cardiff Vice Chancellor International ScholarshipInternational students in UG and PG courses in Cardiff University2485
Sheffield International Undergraduate Merit Scholarshipinternational students in UG courses in university of SheffieldVariable
1st Formations Business ScholarshipInternational students in all UG programs at Universities of the UK647

Top Journalism Colleges in UK Jobs and Salary Trends

Completing a Journalism degree from universities of the UK opens up employment opportunities in a range of organisations such as:

  • National, regional and local newspapers (print and online)
  • Radio and television stations
  • Magazines
  • Media and broadcast companies
  • Creative digital media companies.

Outside of journalism and media, there are plenty of options for you to use your creativity and communication skills. Typical employers can include:

  • PR consultancies
  • Corporate communications agencies
  • Advertising and marketing companies
  • Charities.

Other common employers include the Civil Service and further and higher education institutions. One can also find work in law, management, public administration and politics.

Below is a list of job roles and average expecting salary for any individual with a journalism degree.

Job PositionAverage Salary (in GBP/Year)
Journalist, News16,000-45,000
Journalist, Broadcast18,000-45,000
Content Writer17,000-30,000
Web Content Editor17,000-32,000
Public Relations (PR) Manager25,000-49,000
Editorial Assistant16,000-24,000
Digital Producer22,000-44,000
Communications Manager26,000-54,000

Journalism is an ever-expanding industry with huge demand for skilled professionals in it’s many sub sectors like print media, television media etc. A research study by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in 2018 revealed that the number of journalists across the UK has risen from 65,000 in 2012 up to 73,000 in 2018 and still increasing. 

So to sum it up, with the skill sets and quality of education that top Journalism colleges in the UK offer, you can attain the career and future of your dream in the field of Journalism.

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