Journalism - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) International Journalism

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 104

UCAS code: P510

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is no longer accepting applications for 2017 entry

About your course

The highly vocational BA (Hons) International Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to equip you with the professional training and journalism skills required to forge a successful career in the global media industry.

  • Practical writing and reporting modules taught alongside media law, theory, ethics and international politics
  • Teaching from journalists with many years’ experience and links to local newspapers, TV companies and radio stations
  • Opportunities to join study abroad and funded exchange programmes with our partner universities in America (South Connecticut State University), China (Zhejiang University of Media and Communications), and various universities in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme
  • You will be encouraged to apply for a fully funded summer internship programme in Shanghai for two months, covering the costs of flights, transfers and living expenses. Sectors available for employment include Media, Journalism, PR and Marketing
  • Springboard to a career as a reporter, editor, staff writer, correspondent or producer 
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

I not only refined my journalistic skills doing this degree, like writing, targeting and thinking of your audience, but also my skills on computer programmes such as InDesign and in legal situations. The list is endless.

Daisy Williams, graduate

International Journalism is a great course that helps you make the most of your journalistic skills and apply them in an international environment. The course provides you with an endless amount of opportunities throughout your university life and for the future in your careers. Every member of staff is dedicated to helping you get the most out of the course and your degree.

Daniel Wilson, current student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This vocational course offers many opportunities for practical, hands-on experience and work placements, thanks to our connections in the local, national and international media. For instance, LJMU and the Index on Censorship offer a 12-month paid internship for a journalism student at the IoC headquarters. This is a great way to meet industry experts and learn about free speech around the world, as well as building skills in public relations, lobbying and campaigning.

Work experience like this is an invaluable opportunity to practise your skills in a high-pressure news media environment and will put you at a distinct advantage over other applicants once you enter the competitive job market. In fact, many of our students have been offered permanent jobs on the basis of a successful work placement. Through our partnership with Smaller Earth – one of the UK's leading youth travel provider - you will have opportunities to spend a year working or volunteering overseas. This programme will enable you to experience new cultures, societies and communities.

Liverpool has a thriving journalism industry, with one of the UK’s largest and most successful evening newspapers and the largest newspaper publisher on its doorstep. Several TV companies are based in the city, including the BBC, Granada and Hollyoaks creators, Lime Pictures. The region also has around 25 radio stations.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

If you decide to study with LJMU, you will join a warm and friendly learning environment where creativity is nurtured and supported by excellent learning resources. Throughout your studies you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress, and meet with you twice a year to discuss your educational and career plans.

Course details

This highly vocational International Journalism course is designed to train UK and non-UK students as journalists in national and international media, global news networks and news agencies.

The UK is one of the most important bases for international news organisations and global networks in the world and as such, is well placed for the study of international journalism. 

This course is a mix of practical modules in which you will practise writing and reporting, print design and editing, radio and TV production and website construction alongside modules in media law, ethics, theory and international politics. Specifically, the course integrates professional training in journalistic skills with the study of international issues that are relevant to the work of news organisations.

The Liverpool Screen School, which is based in the £38million Redmonds Building, features industry-standard facilities to give you the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist, including edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4
  • International Reporting
  • News Writing
  • News Reporting
  • Journalism Theory
  • Introduction to Academic Study
Level 5
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Print and Online Production Journalism
  • Advanced Writing
  • User Generated Content
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Media Law and Ethics

Level 6
  • Advanced Journalism Practice (including live newsdays and work placement)
  • Journalism Project
  • Dissertation or Global Issues Report
  • Sports Journalism
  • PR for journalists
  • Specialist journalism

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, in addition to a further 22 hours weekly production work and independent research. As you progress through the course, you will be expected to do more project research so you will only spend two days per week in class in your final year. If you would like to see some of the work published by our students, take a look at the department's website

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors are all journalists with extensive practical industry experience and links to many media organisations, ensuring that what you learn on the course is informed by the latest trends and developments in the media. A number of them are leading researchers or authors and this is reflected in their teaching.

You will also get to hear about the experiences, ideas and insights of working journalists and respected academics who regularly give talks and run workshops and masterclasses at the University.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These include: essays, projects, portfolios of work, exams, reports, group and individual presentations, and dissertations. Much of the work is journalism-based and supported by academic essays and presentations.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

104

Application and selection

​We are keen to recruit students who will make the best use of the opportunity to study with us. So we are looking for students with an enthusiasm for gathering news and interpreting it, and producing interesting reports for different audiences. You should have strong curiosity about what is happening in the world, whether it is in your local area, your own country or other parts of the globe. You also need to have good writing skills, a critical mind and an analytical ability.

You need to be interested in current affairs, especially international issues that affect our lifestyle, environment or security and be keen to pass that knowledge and understanding on to others. A special interest in art, politics, music, photography or other areas may also be helpful. You should follow news regularly by reading newspapers, listening to radio or watching TV programmes.

You should be interested in and sympathetic to people and their activities. You may well have studied a humanities and/or social science subject at school or college (e.g. English Language, English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology, Media Studies). An ability to speak a foreign language would be an advantage in pursuing a career in international journalism.

In particular, you should possess the following qualities:Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to tutorials and host presentations. These skills are crucial for journalists because you have to interview people and interact with them constantly.Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis which is extremely important for journalists.Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed.Good analytical skills, so that you can critically analyse news events and evaluate their significance.Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for essays, reports, projects and your journalistic work.Teamwork, as you may have to work closely with others during your period of study at LJMU and in your career in journalism.


You should ensure that your UCAS application shows that you meet the following essential criteria:The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error-free style is vital and will be measured by your personal statement.Evidence of an interest in news-orientated media, including activities such as student newspapers/magazines, hospital radio or work placements.Evidence of an interest in the world around you: politics, science, history, finance, business, art, theatre, sports are among the areas for which we would expect you to have enthusiasm.Evidence of additional skills or knowledge in one of these areas: knowledge of current affairs, a foreign language (GCSE level or above), knowledge of different countries and cultures, or relevant work experience.


It would also be helpful if you are able to show the following in your UCAS application:An enthusiasm for IT and the new communication tools available on the internet and on mobile communication.Evidence of personal development such as art, music, creative writing, sport, outdoor activities, D of E award scheme.Involvement in social, community, political or charitable activities.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BCC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D required if no other Level 3 qualifications taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required if no other Level 3 qualifications taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature or non standard applicants. These students should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience. 
International Applicants: We welcome overseas applicants, who will be considered in line with normal entry requirements.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Once you successfully complete the BA (Hons) International Journalism programme, your combination of practical skills and appreciation of news from a global perspective will qualify you to work as a reporter, editor, staff writer, correspondent or producer for any news media worldwide.

Your high-level communication skills could also open doors into public relations or publicity. Students graduating from this course have forged successful careers with newspapers and magazines, in radio and TV broadcasting and other news organisations in Britain, America, France, Germany, Norway, Finland, Russia, China and Egypt.

Some have pursued freelance careers or have even decided to use their transferable skills to work in government, education, campaign groups, charities and business. Others have decided to further their studies with postgraduate programmes at home and in Europe.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The Liverpool Screen School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme. The School also has strong links with local, national and international media organisations, including the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, National Union of Journalists, Radio Academy, Institute of Communication Ethics, Association for Journalism Education and One World Media. These connections provide excellent opportunities for work placements and research projects.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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