BA (Hons) JournalismP500

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time and part-time options available
  • This practical degree gives you the essential skills required by today's newsrooms. You’ll work closely with BBC South West in Plymouth – one of the three largest BBC studios in the country – alongside other industry guests from Match of the Day, ITV Westcountry, The Guardian, regional and national freelancers, film-makers and broadcasters.
    Your lecturers are a mix of experienced academics within journalism and media and current journalists. We also have regular input from journalists across the industry, so you'll learn about journalism from people who are doing it.

    The programme focuses on the ever-expanding practical and digital skills in demand from the journalism industry, meaning you will be able to find the story, then record, film, photograph and edit it yourself, write the words and make it all fly on social media, as well as in print and across various broadcasting platforms such as TV, radio, podcasts and online. Becoming a multi-skilled journalist, able to engage with all generations on all platforms, will ensure you are in demand in the future media world.

    Why this course at Marjon?

    • Great 24/7 facilities and free access to the latest kit
    • Small teams where staff can really help your work develop
    • Current journalists and experienced academics teaching you
    • Industry links providing work and classroom experience
    • Practical and hands-on delivery where you learn through doing

    Perfect if you're curious about:

    • How do I create breaking news stories?
    • What would it be like to work in a real newsroom?
    • How is journalism changing to adapt to the digital age?
    • What is the future of journalism?
    • What do you want to tell the world?
    • What can you see that no one else has spotted?

    Teaching includes workshops, seminars, tutorials and practical live news days which replicate the industry newsroom.  Arrive in the morning and spend the day putting together a news programme for TV or radio or creating a magazine or daily newspaper. Assessment methods are based on the production of news stories, features and essays and you will be appraised on your performance on work placements.

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1st Year
  • Research 1: The investigative journalist
  • Journalism production 1: Recording the story
  • Written journalism 1: The power of the word
  • Live news 1: Get your mojo on
  • Journalism production 2: Words and pictures
  • Media law and the ethical journalist


2nd Year
  • Research 2: Curious and creative
  • Radio journalism: More than words
  • Written journalism 2: Making Sound 
  • Learn to earn: Placement and proactivity
  • Live news 2: Lights, camera, action!
  • Visual journalism: Digital storytelling
3rd Year
  • Honours project: The finished product
  • TV journalism: The bigger picture
  • Live news 3: The cutting edge
  • Magazine journalism: The summer issue
  • Marketing and PR: The buzz-feeder

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

We encourage students to make great contacts through our guest lecture programme and work-based learning. Our graduates have gained employment with Two Four, Channel 4, the BBC, The Herald and a variety of online platforms. Their jobs include newspaper journalist, broadcast journalist and content producer and others enter marketing and PR roles.

Employability workshops, mentoring and work experience opportunities are offered, we know from working with and speaking to prospective employers that they like graduates to be well qualified and experienced. We give our students opportunities both in-house and externally to apply the skills and knowledge learnt within the programme.


ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) Journalism

Current Students


Course Leader

Sarah McAdam is a photographer with a wide range of experience from shooting bands and gigs, documentary projects and editorial material for magazines. Her specialism is in documentary and she is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD which focuses on documentary photography and sound as a way of telling stories. "Ultimately what we expect our students to engage in is story telling and understanding how to tell stories in an engaging and creative way is a really enjoyable part of my job."


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    We are fully accredited by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and have built a strong programme that is driven by the industry. Accreditation ensures that our programme delivers what we say and what the industry wants.

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