Welcome to BA (Hons) Journalism
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.
All Journalism programmes at the University of Lincoln are Recognised by the European Journalism Training Association and the School is a member of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association.
The University of Lincoln pays for students to take the NCTJ Diploma in addition to their course, however, should students need to retake exams, those resit fees will be payable by the student. If a student chooses not to pay to retake and therefore does not pass the NCTJ Diploma, they will not receive it. This will have no bearing on the outcome of their BA (Hons) Journalism degree.
The NCTJ Diploma is made up of a number of mandatory subjects and optional choices. Currently students on the course can choose from the following NCTJ Options to complete their Diploma – advanced court reporting; photography for journalists; videojournalism for online; production; business of magazines; broadcast (either joint disciplines or separate radio or television exams); and sport.
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
Practice Your Skills With Our Student Media Platforms
We have many media outlets at Lincoln, where your journalism work can be seen by a potential world-wide audience. LSJ magazine is produced by our students and is published in print and online. LSJ News is the news and features hub used by all our students to showcase their course work, The Linc is a student-run news site, Siren Radio is our campus-based community radio station, and Cygnet PR is a student-run PR agency.
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.
Students on this course are currently provided with free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software for the duration of their studies.
Work experience forms an integral part of the course and students are encouraged to seek placements as soon as possible. In the final year there is a compulsory module in which students reflect upon 15 days of work placement experience.
The School has established industry links which can help students to secure placements with media organisations, and there are opportunities with the two on-campus radio stations, Siren Radio, and Brayford Radio. There is a range of student media to get involved in, including Cygnet PR (a student-run PR agency), LSJ News, magazines, websites, social media, and TV webcasting.
In third year 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 in first and second year. 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.
"My official title is ‘Planner’, which entails creating, pitching and organising stories across Sky Sports News’ coverage of the sporting world. This includes liaising with football clubs from the Premier League to non-league, as well as sporting bodies across the world."Danyal Khan, BA (Hons) Journalism graduate
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. 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.
How you are assessed
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Chris Gray, BA (Hons) Journalism, 2015
Chris spent his childhood commentating on computer games in his room and used his time at Lincoln to pursue his passion for sports journalism by starting a show on the University's on-campus community radio station, Siren FM.
Since graduating, he has gone from strength to strength, and is now working as a senior journalist at BBC News, covering both the Manchester Arena and London Bridge terrorist attacks. Chris credits the facilities and staff at Lincoln.
Lincoln graduates have gone on to work at regional and national outlets, including the BBC, ITV News, ITV Sport, The Daily Mail, Sky Sports News HQ, The Times, magazine brands, and Channel 4 News.
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