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BA in Journalism and Culture

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, but prefer working with the facts rather than fiction? Or you have a keen interest in presenting to camera as a broadcast journalist or you’re an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree might be good match for you.
  • Brunel’s Journalism and Culture BA course offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory to help provide the tools you need to pursue a variety of roles within the industry.
  • As part of the course you will learn the skills of journalism such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms as well as the relationship between journalism and culture and society.
  • You’ll learn across video, audio and magazine journalism and because it’s so hand-on you’ll feel like you’re building real skills for future.
  • As you journey through the course you’ll develop a critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate, as you develop the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.
  • This London journalism course is taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists who will be sources of inspiration when you come to do your own journalism research project in your final year.
  • Journalism and Culture BA has a strong emphasis on digital technology and multi-platform journalism and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.
  • The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.
  • In your second year, you’ll have the option to take the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Diploma in Journalism at no extra cost. The NCTJ Diploma is the number one industry recognised gateway into journalism, sought after by media professionals worldwide.
  • Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world.
  • Brunel students enjoy their own creative writing journal to showcase their talents as well as the Brunel Union of Students ‘Le Blurb’ publication, so they’ll be plenty of avenues to practice your craft.
  • You’ll also get to hear from alumni and guest speakers about what it’s really like to work in the journalism. Previous representatives from small papers, as well as the BBC and The Guardian have helped to provide further insight into the industry.
  • The location of the University is within easy reach of London and the West End, the British Library, museums and other research centres of national and international importance, offering endless opportunities for additional learning and leisure.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023

UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level grade B.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BC.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points . GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL 4.
  • 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 and Culture BA at Brunel is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism’s relationship to culture and society, but also the practical skills of journalism and the technical knowhow to deliver the news stories in variety of media.
  • This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

  • JR1700 - News and Feature Writing
  • JR1701 - Cross-Platform Journalism
  • JR1604 - Introduction to Journalism and Media
  • JR1606 - Foundations of Researching Journalism
  • JR1605 - Digital Media and Society

Year 2

  • JR2700 - Journalism, Politics and Power
  • JR2701 - Journalism Practice


  • CO2604 - Media Genres
  • CO2030 - Global Communication
  • CO2602 - Social Media and Networked Cultures
  • C05520 - Creative Industries

Year 3


  • JR3608 - Data Journalism
  • JR3606 - Dissertation
  • JR3607 - Journalism Practice Project


  • CO3605 – Fake News, Images and Websites
  • CO3606 – International Media Ethics
  • CO3608 – Reporting Social Justice
  • JR3609 - Journalism, Storytelling and Social Media
  • JR3605 - Media, Campaigning and Social Change
  • JR3610 - Public Relations
  • PP3612 Elections, Parties and Voters in the UK
  • 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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