Journalism - School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Journalism at UCLan is held in high esteem within the industry, with some courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). We pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the changes in the sector and working across the different mediums so you can hone skills in broadcast, video, film or print.

The journalism course gives you a chance to explore both broadcast and print routes and pushes you to try new things outside of your comfort zone. No matter what experience you already have in journalism, I would highly recommend this course - I had none and now I run a blog and work for a major social media company.

Emmi Bowles, UNILAD

UCLan has become only the third UK partner in the Google News Labs University Network.

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Google News Lab University Network provides in-person training, when possible, and online training materials to professors and students on topics ranging from immersive storytelling, data journalism, trends, trust/verification and more. The benefits of this connection with Google News Lab for UCLan students are huge. It not only provides them with networking opportunities but also the chance to learn from current experts and professionals in the field.

For the last 55 years, we’ve helped people like you meet the expectations of the industry
Shortlisted for the NCTJ excellence awards and magazine academy awards
£250,000 invested in our Greenbank facilities in 2017
UCLan is one of only 3 Universities UK wide to be selected to work with ITV on their Employability programme

Highlights of our Journalism Courses


Industry links

We benefit from extensive links with industry. Many of our alumni are working professionally at the highest levels including careers at the BBC, ITN, ITV, Granada TV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Schools Week, Mail Online, China Daily, Manchester United, ESPN, along with many magazine titles.


We have two professional bodies accrediting BA (Hons) Journalism; Broadcast Journalism Training Council and National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Work Experience

Previous Sports Journalism students have gained work experience in the media departments of clubs such as Preston North End FC, Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC during their studies, as well as opportunities to work alongside professional sports journalists.


Employers realise the quality of UCLan degrees and the fact that our students are ready for a career in journalism right from day one.


You will have an opportunity to study abroad during your course. One of our students is currently studying in Spain and in the past we have also had students studying in the United States.

Access to facilities

You will have access to a full range of industry standard multimedia equipment including magazine design software, professional video cameras, Avid editing systems, mobile journalism kits- including i-phones - as well as radio and TV studios and outside broadcast equipment.


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Graduates of Journalism courses have gone on to work for the BBC, Granada TV, Sky Sports, the Press Association, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Everton FC, Manchester United FC, UK Athletics, the 2012 Olympics and many more print, online, broadcast and sports organisations.


The School runs CJAM (Careers in Journalism and Media), an employability event that gives students the opportunity to hear from, network with and pitch ideas to industry professionals to gain sound advice and work placement opportunities.

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Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Caroline Hawtin

Whether it was interviewing celebrities like Victoria Wood, hermits or bovine hairdressers, Caroline’s career in BBC Local Radio more than prepared her for the eclectic and demanding task of leading would-be journalists through their three-year degree course.


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Winner of the 2018 THE Excellence and Innovation in the Arts award - UCLan Publishing, the only student-run, trade but not-for-profit publishing house in the world. UCLan Publishing is breaking the mould of how a publisher usually operates, empowering students to ‘learn on the job’. This year the team has enlisted big name authors such as Jaqueline Wilson, Jane Johnson and A J Hartley, to give the students experience of big trade, commercial publishing. A J Hartley’s book, Cold Bath Street, was promoted through UCLan Publishing PR and has become a national bestseller, with Waterstones taking it as a promotional title nationally.