Bachelor's degree in Journalism

Branch of knowledge Social and legal sciences
Duration Four academic years
Schedule Full-time study programme (morning and afternoon)
Academic year From September to June
Fee €2,287.12 for EU citizens; €8,500 for non EU citizens or residents 
Languages Catalan, Spanish and English (depending on the subject)
Credits 240 ECTS credits Basic subjects: 60; compulsory subjects: 104; optional subjects: 52; external internship: 18; bachelor's degree final project: 6
Number of places on programme 80
Venue Communication Campus - Poblenou
Organizer Faculty of Communication
Application Online at, from June to July

Why UPF?

  • You will develop abilities and skills geared to creativity and innovation.
  • You will be able to create content and design styles for all types of media (press, radio, television and the internet).
  • You will learn about the main specialities involved in journalism, according to subject area and media type.
  • You will be capable of creating and analysing written and audiovisual journalistic accounts.
  • You will find out how to use writing and sound and video recording processes to produce news reports.
  • You will learn about composition techniques and procedures for photography, television and transmedia content.
  • You will be introduced to the basics of financial management for the media and find out about resources that are essential when working for yourself.
  • You will spend at least three months working as an intern for some of Catalonia's main media organizations.
  • You will know which technological tools to use to search for, edit and circulate any journalistic product.



This bachelor's degree programme is geared to the professional practice of journalism, regarded as an activity that chiefly consists of generating topical information products and is thus clearly different from other activities related to social communication.

The programme's fundamental objective is to produce journalists capable of working in any medium. That entails preparing future graduates to adapt to the changes, in terms of both social uses and technology, liable to take place in the communication arena. The programme also aims to encourage students to engage in thorough reflection on journalism as a professional activity that should be a guarantee of democracy, good citizenship and social cohesion.

About the programme

Key aspects of the programme include:

  • A firm grounding in a specific field. At the beginning of the programme, each student must opt for training in humanities, politics, economics or law.
  • Training in journalism's basics and the skills the profession requires, for all media types and forms of journalistic work (press, the internet, radio, television, news agencies, etc.).
  • Emphasis on professional specialization through optional subjects related to different fields and forms of journalism.
  • Compulsory internship, for at least a term, in a media organization, a news agency or an institution's communications office.
  • Scope for obtaining a second bachelor's degree.


At the beginning of the programme, each student must decide which kind of basic training to take by opting for one of the following tracks:

  • Humanities
  • Political Sciences
  • Economic Sciences
  • Law

Each track gives students the option of obtaining a bachelor's degree in the corresponding field once they have completed the Journalism programme. Gaining a second bachelor's degree in this way involves studying for a further two years (or possibly slightly longer, depending on each individual's academic circumstances).


Many of the programme's subjects are practical in nature, particularly the Integrated Journalism Workshop in the third year.

Furthermore, in the fourth year, students are required to undertake an internship in a media organization of one kind or another (press, radio, television, the internet, a news agency, a communications office, etc.). To that end, the Faculty of Communication has established agreements with Catalonia's leading companies in the field.

Periods abroad

The programme's students are encouraged to take advantage of mobility opportunities and, in particular, the possibility of study periods (through Erasmus and other programmes) at foreign universities, in Europe or beyond, at which training in journalism or other areas conducive to professional specialization is available. Ideally, such study periods should take place in the programme's final year. 

Competences to be acquired

  • Composing and creating written and audiovisual journalistic products in different genres (information in the strictest sense, reports, opinion pieces, etc.).
  • Using the basic technologies employed by the different media and/or printed or electronic content platforms.
  • Developing sufficient strength of intellect to be able to cope in a complex world.
  • Abiding by the ethical principles stemming from the view that information is a basic social good in a democratic society.

Graduate career prospects

  • News reporter.
  • Professional journalist, in any type of medium, creating topical content and using the different genres characteristic of the news media. This includes working as a writer, reporter, presenter or director for a given medium (or different media), encompassing designing, writing and producing written, audiovisual or multimedia reports and documentaries in a communication sector company.
  • Work in institutional communication.
  • Press or communications officer in a public or private institution, coordinating or carrying out any communication or information-related work the institution requires.
  • Community manager.
  • Content manager.
  • Specialist in analysing current or future communication phenomena and processes for all kinds of public and private organizations, with the skills to provide services involving mediation, consultancy, measurements and expertise.
  • Freelance journalist in the profession's different areas of specialization and subject matter.