University of Portsmouth
Journalism with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
University of Portsmouth

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 30 graduates of Journalism with Creative Writing BA (Hons) and other courses in at University of Portsmouth for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
82 /100
30 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Creative Writing

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21000 £21500 £25500
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £25000 £18500 - £24000 £20000 - £30500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Creative Writing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19744 £19943 £23617
25-75 percentile range £17488 - £23734 £15754 - £24500 £18615 - £29665

Course Description

Overview If prose is your passion, this Journalism with Creative Writing degree lets you keep your options open while you transform your talent with the written word into a successful career.

You'll learn about and experience factual reporting and fictional writing, combining the complementary disciplines of journalism and creative writing. You might compile a news report about a local charity or review a concert on one day, then the next day work on a short story, poem or play script.

You'll also hone your research skills and learn about the structure and mechanisms of the industries you could find yourself working in – from the process of getting a script approved to legal issues surrounding publishing news stories.

You'll graduate ready to get stuck into writing professionally, equipped with the knowledge and experience you need to get started in whichever field of writing you choose.

What you'll experience On this Journalism with Creative Writing degree course you'll:

  • Combine the factual world of journalism with the fictional world of creative writing

  • Learn how to research and write news stories and articles, and layout magazine pages

  • Study modules from our BA (Hons) Journalism course, which was awarded the Best Performing Undergraduate Course for 2017–18 and 2018–19 by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

  • Get to grips with video as a journalistic and creative medium

  • Have the opportunity to take NCTJ exams, giving you further professional qualifications

  • Be taught by published authors of novels, poetry and screenplays, and journalists with written and broadcast experience in local, regional, national and international journalism

  • Learn about media law and industry code, and get a deeper understanding of the role of journalists in a democratic society

  • Develop the techniques you need to write effectively across many mediums, including magazines, TV screenplays, theatre scripts, and poetry

  • Have access to our industry-standard journalism newsroom, exclusively open to journalism students, which contains 25 Macs loaded with the Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 suite

  • Have the opportunity to work alongside students from related courses in TV and broadcasting, photography, and fashion, benefiting from their expertise and perspectives

Transferable skills you'll learn, which you can use in all areas of your life, include:

  • Writing skills

  • Professional interview techniques

  • Communication skills

  • The ability to research and synthesise arguments and information

  • Presentation skills

  • Self-confidence

Careers and opportunities When you finish this Journalism with Creative Writing degree course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

In the last DHLE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey published in 2017, 100% of our creative writing graduates and 95% of journalism graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation.

What jobs can you do with a Journalism with Creative Writing degree? Previous graduates from our journalism and creative writing courses have gone on to work in roles including:

  • trainee reporter

  • social media editor

  • digital marketing executive

  • copywriter

  • theatre manager

  • editorial assistant

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Journalism with Creative Writing, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Journalism with Creative Writing BA (Hons) at University of Portsmouth

15% Media Professionals
15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Sales occupations
10% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
10% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Teaching Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Elementary occupations

You'll be assessed through: essays, presentations, in-class tests, media artefacts (e.g. producing a video or magazine), practical and written exams, short stories, screenplays, a collection of poems, a public relations campaign, final-year dissertation. You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

112-120 points.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Creative Writing

Qualification requirements

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

112-120 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-50.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISE Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Journalism with Creative Writing, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Journalism with Creative Writing BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
International £16200 year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship

Placement Year and Year abroad:
UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 |
EU – £925 including Transition Scholarship|
International Non-EU – £1,800.

Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice.
Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.

For more information about fees, go to

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Portsmouth in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Portsmouth in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #31 
    • #35 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

Languages & Literature

    • #60 
    • #71 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

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About University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is located on the United Kingdom’s only island city, Portsmouth. This public university, which was previously known as Portsmouth Polytechnic, forms part of the University Alliance, an organisation whose aim is to promote growth and innovation in the UK by putting an emphasis on links with business and industry.

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