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2021-08-24 15:16:43

Best universities to study journalism in Wales

Best universities to study journalism in Wales

Foreign students study journalism in Wales at leading universities in UK. To qualify as a journalist, students need to study three main subjects:

  • Journalism
  • Law on Mass Media
  • Journalistic ethics.

In addition, students study a minimum of four disciplines to choose from:

  1. TV journalism
  2. radio journalism
  3. video journalism for digital platforms
  4. editing skills for journalists.

There is also the NCTJ Level 6 National Journalism Qualification (NQJ), a professional qualification designed for trainee journalists, aspiring journalists working in the media. Flexible routes with distance learning, apprenticeships, studying schemes within the company are available.

Bachelor's and Master's degree in Journalism at universities in Wales

A bachelor's degree in journalism usually lasts 3 years, but also it can take up to 6 years. Students study a set of modules dedicated to areas such as writing articles, conducting interviews + more specialized modules: technology, media law.

Throughout the course, students form their portfolio, consisting of reports, articles created using appropriate technologies and software.

To enter the Master's course in journalism, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Awareness of modern media technologies
  • Time management skills, commitment to meeting deadlines
  • Formed writing style
  • The desire to find a fresh, interesting look at events, stories.

Courses usually last one year if studied in person and contain modules covering the following broad journalism topics:

  • The media law includes legal issues such as confidentiality, the right to privacy, all aspects of intellectual property.
  • Digital journalism – in the digital age, you need search engine optimization (SEO) skills, knowledge of the style of online publications.
  • Traditional skills – shorthand, interview methods, rethinking reports for different environments.

Where do graduates work?

After completing education in journalism, you will be ready to work in a variety of formats. In addition to traditional magazine or newspaper journalism, you can find work on television, radio or online journalism.

Areas of work for graduates:

  • Fashion – research of trends, designers, content creation for television reports, fashion magazines, blogs. Work includes visiting fashion shows to cover the news of the run-ups, events, interviews with designers.
  • The investigation involves the use of legal documents, databases, government reports, protocol interviews for a comprehensive study of the topic of interest (usually controversial). Successful investigative journalism requires close attention to detail, a strategic approach to solving problems.
  • Science. The job of a science journalist is to report on scientific developments, discoveries, research in a form accessible to the general public. Science journalists usually have additional qualifications, since they are required to understand scientific terminology and practice.
  • Sports – you will compile summaries of sports events, competitions, conduct interviews with sports professionals, comment on games in various formats: in print, on TV, on the Internet. You can work for a large organisation such as Sky Sports, BBC Sport, or freelance.
  • Tabloids – covering the lives of celebrities, working in glossy magazines, maintaining newspaper columns with gossip.

Any knowledge gained through an unrelated degree or qualification can give an advantage when it comes to journalism. For example, a bachelor's degree in agriculture may be key to getting you a job as a journalist in an agricultural magazine or on an agro-thematics website.

Study journalism at the best universities in Wales

Bangor University, founded in 1884, is one of the oldest and most prestigious educational institutions in the UK. Today it is among the top 2% of the world's higher education institutions, the top ten universities in the UK for the quality of teaching (The Times League Table, 2016); Top 10 best universities in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014). A recent DLHE study shows that 90% of Bangor University graduates have joined or continued their studies upon completion of their studies.

Bangor University offers courses in English and Welsh.

Undergraduate programs:

  • Cymraeg gyda Newyddiaduraeth (Welsh with Journalism) BA (Hons)
  • Cymraeg gyda Newyddiaduraeth (Welsh with Journalism) BA (Hons)
  • English Language and Journalism BA (Hons)
  • English Literature with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • French with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • German with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hanes gyda Newyddiaduraeth BA (Hons)
  • History with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Music with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Spanish with Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Journalism and Media Studies BA (Hons)


  • Journalism MRes.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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