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BA in Journalism (Politics)

Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 22,379

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Perhaps you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in politics, or you like the idea of presenting to camera as a broadcast journalist, or you're already an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree at Brunel might be a good match for you.
  • The Brunel Journalism (Politics) BA degree combines a strong academic background in politics taught by experts in the field with a broad range of essential journalism skills taught by former editors and practising journalists. You will graduate with politics in your degree title, flagging up to prospective employers that your degree has dual specialism.
  • In the journalism modules, you will learn how to research a story, pitch ideas, interview, report and write across different platforms. You will learn video, audio and magazine journalism and because it is so hand-on you will feel like you are building real skills for your future.
  • There is a strong emphasis on digital technology in the practical modules and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom with broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.
  • You will develop an academically robust and critical understanding of political environments in which journalism operates and interacts, the ability to write incisively on these as well as the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.
  • You will also have the option to take the industry accredited and much sought-after NCTJ Diploma at no extra cost.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC. 
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

EU and International entry requirements

  • If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
  • Journalism (Politics) BA is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism, politics and their relationship, but also the skills needed to practice as a journalist and the technical know-how to deliver news stories in a variety of media.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • SO1701 - Researching Culture and Society
  • SO1704 - Exploring Identity and Power
  • JR1700 - News and Feature Writing
  • CO1604 - Introduction to Multi-platform Journalism
  • CO1603 Journalism, Communication and Politics
  • PP1068 - Modern British Politics


  • PP1603 - Delivering Public Policy
  • CO1601 - Key Ideas in Media

Year 2

  • JR2606 - Media Law, Ethics, and Regulation
  • JR2611 – Data Gathering for Journalism
  • CO2028 - Research in Practice
    CO2030 - Global Communication
  • JR2612 - Cross-platform Journalism: Reporting Politics


  • PP2618 Political Behaviour in Britain
  • PP2061 Issues in American Politics
  • PP2617 Social Welfare: Politics and Policy

Year 3


  • JR3607 - Journalism Practice Project
  • CO3605 – Fake News, Images and Websites
  • JR3606 - Dissertation


  • PP3003 - European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects
  • PP3612 Elections, Parties and Voters in the UK
  • PP3614 Researching Contemporary Issues in British Politic
  • UK
  • £9,250 full-time 
  • Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy.
  • Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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