Journalism (with placement) UCMK BA (Hons)

About the course

The media industry is constantly changing, and you want to enter it bang up to date – with cross-industry editorial and production skills gained from experience of working in radio studios, edit suites and our newsroom, equipped with the latest Apple technology and Press Association news feeds.

Taught by professionals with print, broadcast and academic expertise, you will become skilled in news gathering, reporting, feature writing, shorthand and magazine page design. You will also develop an understanding of journalism in a globalised age.

You will do a placement in your second year, allowing you to graduate with vital work experience to give you the edge over other journalism graduates when trying to land your first job in the industry.

Journalism (with placement) UCMK - BA (Hons) - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - P502
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Journalism (with placement) UCMK with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Why choose this course?

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  • Learn cross-industry editorial and production skills, using industry-standard equipment, from experts in the field
  • Study aspects of journalism in practice, including media law, ethics and public administration, preparing you to enter the industry either as employee or freelancer
  • Develop your knowledge of theory and current practice in journalism, and insights into future developments
  • Gain practical skills in news gathering, feature writing and editing, magazine design, headline writing, shorthand, photo editing, sub-editing, producing and presenting your work across platforms including radio, internet, video and print
  • Explore and build links with journalism and wider creative industries through work experience opportunities
  • Benefit from our strong links with the local media in Milton Keynes providing you with suitable placements and regular guest lecturers
  • Benefit from a course which reflects industry demand for graduates with the skills to enter careers in print, broadcast, online publishing and public relations. Journalists work at local, regional, national and international levels. Other career paths include research, sub-editing, production, editorial, new media production, or as a columnist in regional, national or international media companies.

Students at RadioLab radio stationListen to our students broadcasting on our Ofcom-licensed community radio station RadioLab 97.1FM.

You too could have your own show on RadioLab and even run the station in your third year.

See what our students are writing on their own news website You too would be reporting for Citiblog and building up your online portfolio of stories.

You will learn to work as a multiplatform journalist and develop strong communication and analytical skills, as you gain insight into a rapidly changing media industry in the globalised age.

You will be given the opportunity to learn and apply journalistic practice in your placement unit.

Coordinator for the course, and main tutor is Jon Boyle

Jon has a wealth of industry experience in all areas of journalism that enables him to teach a wide range of topics including news and feature writing, page design and sub-editing, shorthand, online reporting and his specialist subject of sports reporting. He has spent more than a decade as a national freelance football reporter, covering teams such as Leicester City, MK Dons and Luton Town.

Having grown up in Milton Keynes and worked for some of the biggest newspapers in the area, he has built up strong relationships with the local media including the Milton Keynes Citizen, One MK, BBC Three Counties Radio, Secklow Sounds, MKFM and MK Pulse, which enables his students to take advantage of fantastic work placement opportunities. Read Jon's profile

The course where students don’t just study – they do!

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?


  • Introduction To Multimedia Journalism Production (MED029-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To The Journalism Industry (MED002-1) Compulsory
  • Page Design And Sub-Editing (MED107-1) Compulsory
  • Reporting And Writing (MED011-1) Compulsory
  • Enterprise Placement (BSS020-2) Compulsory
  • Journalism Law And Public Administration (MED012-2) Compulsory
  • Specialist And Feature Writing (MED023-2) Compulsory
  • Ethics And Journalism (MED020-3) Compulsory
  • Magazine And Online Publishing (MED012-3) Compulsory
  • Special Project For Journalism (MED036-3) Compulsory

Discover the School of Culture and Communications

We run a range of courses where you can develop your talents as a professional writer and communicator.

We offer specialisms in sport journalism, public relations, creative writing, radio and English literature.

Our courses are designed to bring out your full creative potential and provide a dynamic environment in which tomorrow's presenters, filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, journalists, authors and scriptwriters work alongside each other.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.

How will I be assessed?

You will develop an initial understanding of how to write and research in the first year, assessed through a series of practical assignments, explored further and in greater depth in the second year, culminating in a possible portfolio of journalism work in which you seek to be of a publishable standard, in your final year.

You will explore the structures, ownership, regulations and theories of how journalism is produced, assessed in presentations and essays in the first year. This analysis grows in its sophistication, in the second year, looking at media law and your engagement with public institutions and assessed through examinations. This strand culminates in an analysis of ethics, insofar as they affect working journalists, assessed in essays and a possible academic dissertation, in your final year.

Assessment methods vary across the course, enabling you to develop strategies for a range of tasks, methods of evaluation and presentation giving you valuable employability experience. At all stages you will receive detailed feedback on your work. The importance of relevant, constructive feedback in a written, clearly understood, format which is delivered rapidly, enables you to incorporate the elements of feedback in your rolling programme of progressive work throughout your course. This is crucial to your academic and professional progression. Individual tutors all offer the opportunity to discuss any feedback in more detail at each level of study. As your skills and subject knowledge develop over the duration of your course, it is expected that you will develop increasingly sophisticated responses to assessment and employ increasingly effective methods of peer and self-review.

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The placement component of this course is the USP of this course. It will give you the edge over other journalism courses through the professional practice you will gain during the placement.

Besides this second year unit, we will help you find your feet in the media industry. Alumni will share good and bad practice and help you network. Lecturers will draw on their anecdotal experience, encouraging good working practices and localising bad ones. Professionals from the industry will watch you work, advise you on improvements, give you tips on getting into the industry and guest lecture. Trips are made to courts, councils and Parliament, reinforcing your understanding of media law and public administration.

You will also receive advice on how to succeed from current journalism students, who will meet you regularly.

You will have opportunities to work on the university community radio station, RadioLab, write and edit and for the student newspaper and follow alumni in attaining work experience with local media, such as the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper group and BBC Three Counties Radio, as well as opportunities in Milton Keyes and nearby London. You will write for the online blog which issues stories for local newspapers to select from and publish. You should be able to get your own bylines and stories published and build up a portfolio of journalism work.

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; sports journalism; media research; digital media production and academia.

Never has it been more important for journalism students to obtain a work placement, due to the fierce nature of the competition for jobs in the industry. Our students graduate with not only that crucial industry experience, but also with vital skills in news writing, shorthand, page design and sub-editing, and multimedia journalism. Our recent graduates have landed jobs at the BBC, Reuters and leading public relations companies.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

Travel costs

On this course you will do placements/work experience (circa 30 days overall) away from the campus.

We estimate that the total spend on travel could be up to £600 depending on where the placement/work experience is located.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.


Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research


Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer. brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

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