University of Bolton Journalism

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University of Bolton Journalism

The course focuses on practical innovation and critical discussion around issues related to the changing media landscape. Students, faculty and visiting lecturers work on multimedia journalism projects together to experiment with and reflect on potential new multi-platform workflows.

The course is designed to appeal to a diverse range of people with skills and experience ranging across a broad range of disciplines (photography, writing, video, web design/programming and audio). You will work alongside and share experiences with students from a host of different backgrounds and cultures. The sharing of ideas and skills are core to the course, in particular during the two intensive 12-day workshops that happen in the first half of the course, where teamwork plays an important role in problem solving exercises.

With China having the largest number of broadband users in the world (over 400 million at the end of 2009), over 50% mobile phone penetration and quickly growing 3G and 4G networks, it makes it an exciting location to base the course.

Our partner, Beijing Foreign Studies University, is generally considered to be the premier institution in China for foreign studies. It has excellent student facilities and easy access to the wider city of Beijing.

Most major international media organisations have offices in Beijing along with all the mainstream Chinese traditional and new media organisations. Nearby railway stations provide services to the whole country and the international airport has direct flights to most Asian and major global destinations.


Entry requirements You should have one of the following: at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in a relevant subject; at least an upper second class honours degree in any subject and significant professional experience in the industry; or at least an upper second class honours degree in a related subject with a major project in a relevant subject.

Your application will be considered if you do not have any of the above qualifications but you do have significant experience in the field of journalism and you are able to present a strong portfolio as part of your application.

You will be required to present a portfolio of media work (one or a mix of photography, video, text based articles, graphic design, audio, etc.) and examples of academic written work. Your portfolio will be discussed/assessed at interview, demonstrating your suitability and aptitude for the course.

Once your application has been received and approved you will be interviewed via phone and you will need to either provide a link to a personal website or upload a folio to a website (information on how to do this will be given after your application is received).

Within two months of your application you will be given a result of either, accept, fail or reapply. With reapply you will be given the opportunity to resubmit an application in July with suggestions on what you need to do to improve.

We are looking for you to demonstrate a clear style and commitment to the area of study. Please edit the folio down to what you regard to be your best work.

You will be required to show original copies of your highest qualification certificate before starting the course.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

No fee information is currently available for home/EU students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information.

International Fees

No fee information is currently available for international students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information.

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Dr David Clark (Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903362