Course Information

BA (Hons)


This course is accredited by both the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

This course is also accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

Recognised for excellence

The University’s Journalism programmes are 'Recognised for Excellence' by the European Journalism Training Association.

3 years School of English and Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation BBC (or equivalent qualifications) P500

Innovating course content

The journalism programmes are currently being revised to reflect the advancements in digital news production and convergence.  Exciting new modules will be added to the existing award winning programme, offering students the full range of skills they need, a choice of options in both practice and theory, complemented by an international perspective and research-engaged theoretical study.


On the BA (Hons) Journalism degree students are encouraged to put journalistic theory into practice and have opportunities to produce news content to a professional standard while exploring the ethical and legal considerations of the industry.

At Lincoln, a newsroom culture enables students to develop the skills and instincts of a journalist, from spotting a scoop to developing in-depth feature ideas. Students work in industry-standard newsrooms with rolling news feeds, print production and design software, producing broadcast content in digital radio and television studios.

The School of English & Journalism is staffed by media professionals, bringing a diverse range of experience and expertise. The course is taught by academics, researchers and practising journalists. Angela Rippon is a Visiting Professor in the School.


This course is accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) and the PPA (Professional Publishers Association), the lead body for training and development in the magazine industry. In addition, the broadcast pathway is accredited by the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council). These professional accreditations are the hallmarks of quality recognised across the media industry.

The BA (Hons) Journalism is ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by the European Journalism Training Association and the School is a member of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association.

Please note: students wishing to follow the BJTC accredited pathway must select a radio or television module as one of their options at both Levels 2 and 3.

How You Study

Lincoln students have the opportunity to examine journalism in its historical and theoretical contexts, exploring essential ethical and legal considerations. They will have the chance to put theory into practice, producing news content across print, online, radio and television platforms.

Taking a multi-platform approach from the outset, students have the opportunity to explore the fundamental principles of journalistic practice and produce news items on a regular basis in your first year. In the second and third years, you choose from a range of theoretical and practical modules, including broadcast, print and online production, international human rights and ethics.

In the final year of the degree, students can select from modules including broadcast news and features, sports journalism, conflict reporting and international media. There is also a compulsory module in which students reflect upon 15 days of work placement experience. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking this placement.

Although not compulsory, students are expected to find work placement opportunities throughout their studies. The School’s industry links can help students to secure work placements with media organisations.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

As the course involves the acquisition of a wide range of communication skills, assessment is varied and includes practical work; often in the form of timed exercises or news days simulating industry practice, projects, the collation of a portfolio of work and presentations. The main part of assessment of theory-based modules is in the form of coursework, with some examinations.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All applicants will be required to attend an interview to assess suitability for this course.


Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of English and Journalism Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent.

For international students who do not meet criteria for direct entry to this degree we offer the International Year One in Journalism. Depending on your English language level you will study 3 or 4 terms then progress directly to the second year of this degree.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Level 1

Essential Journalism 1 (Core)

This module will be a blend of practice and theory and aims to create a progression through the key journalistic skills needed to tell stories on the most appropriate platform using traditional, digital and mobile media. This module aims to develop a rounded awareness of the media and to give students the skills and insight that equip them to develop further in levels two and three. The focus is on newsgathering and storytelling skills. The way design influences different media is also analysed.

Essential Law (Core)

Journalism students are required to abide by the law, in terms of newsgathering and research methods, data collection and retention, use of communication networks, publishing and broadcasting material to audiences. This module aims to introduce students to the legal system, to the operation of the courts, and examines the impact of legislation and codes of practice on the work of journalists.

Introduction to Journalism Studies (Core)

Journalism is a key activity not simply in the communication of news and current affairs, but as a primary definer of social, political and psychological contexts in which we live and work as citizens in the twenty-first century. This module introduces students to key cultural, commercial and technological developments that have shaped the modern media, exploring those developments in terms of their history as well as the social impacts of modern mass communications.

Introduction to Journalism Theory and Analysis (Core)

This module aims to explore journalistic practices and institutions, utilising the theories of journalism studies and other related media theoretical concepts. It encourages students to discover the link between theory and practice through the use of case studies and appropriate methodologies and aims to engage them in critical evaluation of journalistic practices across different platforms.

Journalism Production 1 (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to the editorial and production skills required for web-based multiplatform news production with a focus on digital convergence and effective use of social media. From the basis of a digital core of content production, the focus is on newsgathering and output for broadcast and online. Students will have the opportunity to work in a newsroom environment under strict but appropriate time constraints.

Politics for Journalists (Core)

Journalists need to understand how legislation is drafted and enacted in the UK and how journalism – the Fourth Estate – effects a check on Government and Parliament(s). This involves a study of the political, democratic and administrative structure of the Monarch as head of state, Parliament, the Prime Minister, Central Government, local government, the judiciary and EU institutions. Topics explored include constitutional government (the unwritten constitution), ministerial roles and cabinet government, political parties and MPs, the civil service, local government structures, councillors, best value and ethics in local government, and the government information service.

Shorthand (Core)

Shorthand is a key skill for journalists and enables fast, accurate note taking in any situation. Students have the opportunity to be taught the theory of the Teeline system and then work on building their speed with the aim of achieving the NCTJ 'gold standard' 100 words per minute qualification.

Level 2

Essential Journalism 2 (Core)

This module aims to develop the basic skills studied in Journalism Skills at Level One. Students are expected to proactively gather news and feature stories employing the full range of research and interview techniques. Students will be encouraged to produce imaginative and original copy conforming to professional standards, with careful consideration of topic, angle, choice of interviewees, necessary attribution and corroboration of facts in a variety of writing styles suitable for a range of traditional, digital and mobile platforms.

Ethics and International Human Rights for Journalists (Option)

This module aims to highlight the importance of human rights issues to the practice of journalism and aims to develop students’ awareness of the range of ethical issues facing journalists.

Histories of Journalism (Option)

This module extends the study of the history of journalism into the twentieth century. It provides students with the opportunity to critically consider the historical background to some of the issues which feature in contemporary news agendas – for example students may have the opportunity to discuss the reporting of war; changes in the National Health Service; critique of ‘care in the community’ relating to mental health, the export of American culture and ‘Globalisation’; the impact of ethnicity on politics and culture particularly in terms of EU debates; etc. Appropriate emphasis will be placed upon the role of the press in recording these social and political developments.

Journalism and Society (Option)

The role of the media as a 'mirror' of society means that journalists encounter cross-cultural issues in their newsgathering and news processing functions. This module aims to prepare students to write stories with cultural sensitivity, care and compassion.

Journalism International Exchange (Option)

Students who opt to take this module will have the opportunity to study for a term at one of the international institutions with which the School has a partnership arrangement. During the term abroad, students can share classes with local students. Not only will students have the chance to live and socialise in another culture, providing opportunities to study their respective countries, they will also have an opportunity to examine the international journalism industry practice. Please see the fees tab for further information relating to the costs incurred when studying abroad.

Journalism Production 2: News Days (Core)

From a digital first perspective, this module aims to develop the key skills of journalism through regular practice, including newsgathering, writing and interviewing, and live output production with text and audio and video output as required. Online skills will be used throughout, including social media use to drive consumers to the content. The journalism and features produced will be outward facing, using techniques of electronic newsgathering, digital and non-linear editing, production/journalism for online and print, and an appropriate range of live news broadcasting techniques.

Journalism Production 2: Project (Core)

This module gives the students the opportunity to specialise in a medium of their choice. In consultation with tutors, students will be able to produce radio or television bulletins, features and magazine programmes, a web site with multimedia content or print magazines and newspapers.
More advanced skills appropriate to each medium will be taught and workshops will be tutor led and supervised as required. Materials produced will be outward facing where appropriate.

Law, Ethics and Regulation (Core)

This module aims to build on legal and administrative knowledge gleaned in Essential Law at Level One. It examines how criminal and civil legislation affecting print, online and broadcast journalists has developed; identifies areas of conflict and uncertainty; and requires students to apply knowledge of legislation and case law to given scenarios, including responses to actions in the civil courts.

Research methods (Core)

This module is designed to equip students with the understanding of research design and methods for undertaking research. The module gives students the opportunity to develop their observational, analytical and writing skills. It has vocational relevance in enabling students to select a relevant research topic for in-depth analysis and evaluation in their final year.

Shorthand (Core)

Shorthand is a key skill for journalists and enables fast, accurate note taking in any situation. Students have the opportunity to be taught the theory of the Teeline system and then work on building their speed with the aim of achieving the NCTJ 'gold standard' 100 words per minute qualification.

Level 3

Advanced Court Reporting (Option)

This is offered to students who wish to take the Court Reporting option for their NCTJ diploma and further develop their court reporting skills. Following on from law modules in the previous two years of study, this module aims to develop the skills required for a news reporter covering litigation in the courts and the process of writing news stories about the workings of the civil and criminal courts.

Comparative Media History (Option)

This module aims to enable students to appreciate trends and changes within the main media industries (press, radio, TV, cinema, music and the internet) on a comparative basis between countries and between platforms. The module offers an opportunity to understand how the media has reached the state it is now in, and what trends are likely to continue in the future.

International Media Policies (Option)

This module examines broadcasting structures in the UK and in other countries. It aims to develop students’ critical understanding of models of national broadcasting and the implications for media policy and mass media's role in society. The module aims to introduce students to the fundamental contexts of national, cultural and economic systems which inform the development of media policy debates.

Journalism Independent Study (Core)

Students undertake a dissertation topic of their choice within their chosen field of study and are expected to apply theoretical concepts to their research. They will be allocated an individual tutor to support their work but students are expected to demonstrate a high degree of personal commitment and to work on their own initiative.

Journalism Production 3: Major Project (Core)

Working in small production groups and independently, students will have the chance to build on the experience they have gained at Levels 1 and 2 and produce weekly and termly news and features outputs, in their choice of media, some of which will be for public consumption.
Using the School's web-based multimedia news site, LSJ News, and the University's campus-based community radio station, Siren FM, students will work in a professional environment for the full year.

An advanced level of editorial and production skills will be expected, including story and idea origination, news and feature management and agenda setting, along with an awareness of the differing journalistic treatment demanded by each medium.

Journalism Production 3: Minor Project (Core)

Working on an individual basis, students will have the opportunity to produce project work in either broadcast, news and magazine brands, online and sport. It is expected that the resulting work will be at industry-standard and suitable for public consumption.

An advanced level of editorial and production skills will be expected, including story and idea origination, news and feature management and agenda setting, along with an awareness of the differing journalistic treatment demanded by each medium. Students will be expected to be work on their own initiative, making their own editorial decisions, with tutor supervision.

Journalism Production 3: Professional Practice (Core)

Work experience is seen as essential in today's competitive jobs market. This core module aims to give students the opportunity to experience the media and communication industries that can be linked to their studies, gain vital skills which may prepare them for the job market and also establish and maintain links with industry professionals who may help them in their chosen career. Previous students have completed placements at a variety of national and local media outlets.

Journalists on the Screen (Option)

The purpose of this module is to examine and critically compare the different representations of journalists to be found in film and assess the relation between these portrayals and continuing moral and political issues faced by the profession. The module expects students to study movies in which journalists are portrayed as leading characters.

Peace and Conflict Reporting (Option)

This module explores the history of war reporting and the ways in which journalists have represented conflicts. It also considers the reasons why some conflicts are marginalised, ignored altogether or given extensive coverage by the mainstream media. It studies theoretical aspects and practical implications of conflict-sensitive reporting.

Specialist Journalism (Option)

Students have the opportunity to examine and analyse their chosen specialism across a wide range of publications, from general readership websites, magazines, and newspapers to specialist and niche publications aimed at the 'expert'. Students can study the particular attributes needed for specialist journalism including: authority, expertise, ability to access specialist information and format requirements. Throughout this module, students will select one particular strand to focus on in order to develop their specialism in the following indicative areas: sport, music, fashion, science, arts or business.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features


Students on this course will receive a licence for Adobe Creative Cloud free of charge


The School’s industry links can help students to secure work placements with media organisations. Building your journalism CV while you are at university is important and will help to give you the edge when you start applying for jobs when you graduate. You are expected to find work placement opportunities while you are studying.

At Level 3 students are expected to complete a compulsory module where they reflect on 15 days of placement experience. Students need to start applying for placements as soon as possible and ideally should complete work experience each year at Levels 1 and 2. A personal tutor is available to guide students on where to apply and putting together a relevant CV. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking placements.

There are opportunities to gain broadcast experience with Siren FM or Brayford Radio, the community and student radio stations based on campus, and you can volunteer to work on a range of student media, including a newspaper, magazine, website, social media and online TV platform.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.


This course benefits from a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and specialist print production software.

Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios and opportunities for output on the University’s Ofcom-licensed community radio station.

Students also have access to a TV studio, where they have the opportunity to use the latest virtual studio technology to produce television news programmes.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

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Career Opportunities

There are extensive opportunities for those qualified in journalism. Lincoln graduates work at regional and national outlets, including the BBC, The Daily Mail, Sky Sports News HQ, The Times, and Channel 4.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

The BA (Hons) English degree at the University of Lincoln explores a lively and varied collection of texts within their historical and theoretical contexts, from Medieval literature and the Renaissance to postcolonialism and postmodernism.
The BA (Hons) Film and Television degree focuses on academic study in both film and television, complemented by practical and creative projects in television production, film and scriptwriting. The course provides a research-informed introduction to the theory, practice and social significance of film and television. This programme is 75 per cent theory and 25 per cent practice-based.
The BA (Hons) Journalism Studies degree aims to consider the history, theories and research techniques that underpin investigative journalism. Students have the opportunity to learn to use legislation, such as the Freedom of Information Act, to expose the truth and develop the skills to conduct rigorous interviews. Students are asked to apply this learning throughout the degree, researching and producing their own reports.
The BA (Hons) Journalism and Public Relations degree aims to cover topics that are essential for communications professionals to develop analytical techniques and problem-solving abilities, as well as the cross-disciplinary skills needed for a career in journalism and public relations.
The BA (Hons) Public Relations degree at Lincoln provides opportunities for students to learn a strategic approach to PR and benefit from an integrated multi-media approach to communications. The course draws on the disciplines of storytelling, crisis management, events and campaigning.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.09 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []


Journalism Showcase

  • Student Success

    Midland Media Awards

    Four students from the School of English and Journalism scooped two awards at the Midland Media Awards for their third year magazines. Danielle Skerrett, Lauren Chick, Becky Archer and Maxine Sene won the Entertainment category for their publication, Frankie Says 'I Do'. They were also highly commended for their second magazine, On Location. They beat off competition from universities across the Midlands to win the awards.

    Student Success - Midland Media Awards

    Pictured, left to right:  Danielle Skerrett, Becky Archer and Lauren Chick.  Credit: Bethany Watkins Photography.


    Will Longman and Angeline McCall

    Will Longman

    A University of Lincoln graduate has won a top award at the 2016 Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Student Journalism Awards. Will Longman won the award for Best TV News Item with a news package exploring the legal issues surrounding drone operation. The BJTC, the UK’s industry-backed training body for online and broadcast journalism, held their annual awards at ITV London Southbank on 21st November. Also recognised was fellow graduate Angeline McCall, who came runner up in the same category with a news item on the use of Tasers by Lincolnshire Police. Both entries can be viewed below.


    Laura Gooderham

    Laura Gooderham

    Laura Gooderham has become the latest in a line of Lincoln students who have joined Regional newspapers as staff reporters after graduating from the BA (Hons) Journalism degree. As a new graduate in 2016, we are proud Laura is already working for the Grimsby Telegraph. Laura scooped her job after successfully completing work experience at the daily paper earlier in the year as part of her studies.


    Calvin Robinson

    Calvin Robinson

    "My role at the Scunthorpe Telegraph allows me to search for good stories and publish them on the town's only local media outlet.

    My job requires me to be across multi platforms in print, web, video and social media to tell stories in a compelling way and offer a variety of journalism to my audience.

    The course at Lincoln gave me a grounding in online and print to give me a head start in what the print industry requires from its reporters today as it moves into the digital age."


    Nicholas Lough

    Nicholas Lough

    "Since graduating, I have returned to the North East and landed a job as Communications Officer for Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.

    The role requires me to call on many of the skills I acquired whilst on the course, including design, video editing and writing news stories.

    Working with the players, staff, and club partners such as the Premier League and the BBC has proven very enjoyable thus far, and I hope to play a key part in MFC Foundation's quest to be recognised as Teesside's most inspirational and effective life changer."


    Danyal Khan

    "Doing work experience at Channel 5 News was an incredible opportunity. To be able to shadow journalists and editors in central London and follow them around the city was an experience I’ll never forget.

    For the first week I was there, I was able to shadow different journalists - such as Catherine Jones and Leila Hayes - and join them while they went out in London to do their interviews. I was then able to watch them edit with their cameramen before I went to the gallery to watch the bulletin go out live.

    By the end of the week and for most of the second, I was trusted to do my own interviews and I couldn’t believe I had three interviews go out on national television! It’s a feeling, and a moment, I’ll never forget."

    Danyal Khan


    Adam Tomlinson

    Adam Tomlinson is the Media Executive at Huddersfield Town Football Club. His role, as described by Adam, is one of a Press Officer alongside helping with marketing strategies and maximising the Club’s reach to new audiences.

    A typical week will see Adam working through a communications plan; ensuring a minimum of five news stories are uploaded onto the Club’s website per day. In addition Adam looks after social media, the match day programme, incoming press requests and the occasional interview, such as the one with Jurgen Klopp, pictured left.

    Adam Tomlinson


    Journalism Graduate Scoops Top Award

    Natasha Turney was recently awarded the accolade by Sky News Managing Editor Peter Lowe, who headed the judging panel. Natasha’s film, Death of a Clown, which was produced while Natasha was an undergraduate student at Lincoln, was named winner of the "Culture" category at the awards ceremony. She then went on to receive the most prestigious award of the night, ahead of the winners from eight other categories. 

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