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School of Journalism, Media and Performance, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Tel: 01772 891994
Facebook:  @UCLan
Twitter:  @UCLan


Studying journalism at Preston is a lot like working as a journalist. Courses offer an experience that is exciting, varied, fast-moving and challenging. Journalism at UCLan has a distinguished reputation; we’ve been teaching journalism for over 50 years and our graduates are employed in top news organisations across the globe.

In that time, we have established excellent links with the news and media industry. Editors and journalists frequently visit the School to give lectures and master classes, provide us with hundreds of placements each year and eventually employ many of our graduates.

Our multimedia BA (Hons) Journalism was the UK’s first full journalism degree and is accredited by all three professional bodies – the National Council for The Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Our students have the chance to discover and practise the core journalism skills of writing, reporting and researching as well as learning new skills in online and digital developments.

Teaching staff comprise professional journalists who have worked in national and regional media.

The School has up-to-date newsrooms and TV studios using industry-standard equipment and software for radio and TV.  Our recently-built Media Factory houses professional recording and performance studios as well as the Media Innovation Studio, which provides a focus for innovation research across the School.

Most graduates seek careers in professional journalism and have succeeded in gaining employment with the BBC, Sky News, national and regional newspapers and magazines, radio and TV stations and online providers.

Further information about the School, courses, latest news and events.

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UNDERGRADUATE COURSES AVAILABLE AT UCLAN (foundation entry routes are available for all of our degree courses):

BA (Hons) Journalism

One of the oldest and most respected undergraduate journalism programmes in the UK. With accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Professional Publishers Association, journalism has been taught in Preston for more than fifty years and our employment record is second to none.

Our graduates work for national and regional newspapers, magazines, radio, television and in online media organisations.  Our superb links with industry enable students to gain work placements with leading news organisations. Students also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers from all sectors of the industry.

All journalism practice lecturers have extensive experience of working at the highest levels in their chosen branch of the industry. Journalism theory elements complement the practical modules. Students learn about the business of journalism, its role in society and the legal and ethical framework within which journalists work.    More information

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

Provides the basic skills and processes of a journalist and relate them to the coverage of sport. Also includes the study of sport, providing knowledge about its structure, evolution and organisation and exposing students to topics such as lifestyle and fitness, legal issues and research methods. The final year of the course places strong emphasis on options enabling students to personalise their programme to suit their own vocational aspirations.

Learning is largely based on practical journalism work and case studies, supported by programmes of lectures and seminars. Study of the work of journalists emphasises the need to relate theoretical perspectives to news products and practices. Most work is assessed through coursework and practical projects, with examinations in some subjects.    More information

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BA (Hons) International Journalism

Journalism is a global profession – and UCLan is an ideal choice for an international career.  Students learn multimedia reporting skills that enable many of our graduates to walk straight into jobs in journalism around the world – in print, online and broadcast.  They learn how to think, communicate and find their place in a globalised world, opening up many other graduate careers.

Students learn about journalism as a practical craft, a powerful force in society and a constantly-evolving business. This holistic approach to journalism, combining professional, academic and organisational aspects, produces graduates who can do the job but also understand where their job fits into the bigger picture.

This is a flexible course, so you can focus on what interests you by customising your studies. It provides opportunities to study abroad at one of our many partner universities, and to take part in international reporting assignments, with some funding from the University.  Students are also encouraged to learn another language in optional classes.

Recent graduates are working at the BBC, South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, China Daily in Beijing, the Angolan Embassy in Lisbon, and in many other journalistic and public relations roles.

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MA Broadcast Journalism

This one-year vocational course equips postgraduate students with the essential skills and knowledge to pursue a career in radio and television journalism in the UK. The MA builds on the strengths of the prestigious postgraduate diploma course and offers students the opportunity to produce a radio or television documentary or dissertation. The postgraduate course has been running since 1981 and is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. Entry into the profession is competitive and most employers recruit new journalists only if they have completed a recognised postgraduate course. The course provides training and support in an environment that enables students to reach the high standards of professional competence demanded by the industry.      More information

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If you have any queries regarding studying journalism at UCLan, contact the Programme Leader Julie Freer at or 01772 894750.