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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 9.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    15th January/October

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    In your first year you start by using radio equipment, learning to edit and presenting in the studio. You will then broaden your skills into TV production work.

    In your second year you will become an expert in script-writing and production for broadcast news. Students produce hourly bulletins for our on-campus radio station,107 Spark FM, as well as updating online stories and producing a weekly TV news programme.

    In your final year you can broadcast your own shows, either specialising in TV, radio or online, or taking a multi-platform approach. You will also undertake a placement to extend your professional experience.

    Throughout the course you will develop general journalism skills such as researching, writing, news reading and interviewing.

    Facilities at our Media Centre are excellent and 95% of our journalism students say they have been able to access specialised equipment when they need to, according to the National Student Survey.

    Right from the start, you’ll notice Sunderland’s supportive atmosphere. It’s easy to get advice from tutors and there are daily ‘drop in’ sessions staffed by a rota of professional journalists.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
    • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 9500 Year (International)
    Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Modules on this course include:

    You will have the chance to learn shorthand with three hours a week of free tuition on top of your normal classes. We expect students to reach speeds of at least 100 words per minute.

    Year 1 (national level 4)

    • Introduction to Radio Reporting (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Video Journalism (20 Credits)
    • Writing and Research for Journalism and PR (20 Credits)
    • Introduction to Broadcast Practice (20 Credits)
    • Critical Issues in Journalism & PR (20 Credits)

    Year 2 (national level 5)

    • Broadcast Journalism A (20 Credits)
    • Broadcast Journalism B (20 Credits)
    • Media Law (20 Credits)
    • Essential Public Affairs Reporting (10 Credits)
    • Journalism & PR Studies (20 Credits)
    • Journalism Placement 1 (10 Credits)

    Final Year (national level 6)

    • On-air News and Current Affairs Journalism (20 Credits)
    • Broadcast Business and Practice (20 Credits)
    • Media Ethics (20 Credits)
    • Broadcast Journalism Practical Project(40 Credits)

    A further 20 Credits is required each year, to be made up from optional modules such as:

    • Broadcast Sports Journalism
    • Media Production - Radio, TV and Video
    • Media Photography
    • Arts and Entertainment Journalism
    • Social Media Practice
    • Media and Cultural Studies
    • Film Studies
    • Foreign Languages

    Part-time study

    If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x ACVE double award).

    We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

    We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

    Other acceptable qualifications:

    BTEC National: 260 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

    Access Course: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

    Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


    Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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