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Bachelor in Journalism

Imagen Periodismo
4 years (240 ECTS credits)
Bilingual, Spanish

Vice Dean for the Bachelor: Daniel Catalán Matamoros


The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Bachelor’s degree in Journalism aims to train versatile professionals in journalism capable of informing in different types of media and organizations, adhering to the basic principles which govern journalism: rigour, truth, honesty, timeliness, social relevance and defense of equality and democratic principles.

It encourages a critical and analytical spirit based on knowledge of media and the digital society while training the student in the different languages and forms of journalistic works, both written and audiovisual, with special emphasis on the new patterns of information consumption through the Internet and mobile devices.

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid’s degree in Journalism strikes the right balance between theory and praxis. In addition to their practicums during the whole term in the multimedia newsrooms, radio studios and TV studios, the student can intern in companies in the industry.

Employability and profesional internships

UC3M has agreements with over 3000 companies and institutions in which students can undertake internships and access job openings.

A total of 93.4 % of graduates from this University enter the job market the first year after finishing their studies, according to the 2019 XXIV Estudio de Inserción Profesional (Professional Placement Study).


International Excellence

QS Europe Ranking
QS Graduate Employability Ranking
The Global University Employability Ranking and Survey
Erasmus Plus


  • Language requirement: a B2 level of English language must be accredited before finishing the studies. More information.

Year 3 - Semester 1

General subjects
Newspaper Reporting6CEnglish Spanish
Organization and management of media enterprises6CEnglish Spanish
Interpretative and investigative reporting6CEnglish Spanish
Electives: Recommended 12 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data

Year 3 - Semester 2

General subjects
International journalism I: global information6CEnglish Spanish
International journalism II: key international organizations6CEnglish Spanish
Local Journalism6CEnglish Spanish
Electives: Recommended 12 creditsNo dataNo dataNo data







BC: Basic Core
C: Compulsory
E: Electives
BT: Bachelor Thesis








  • Exchange programs

    Exchange programs

    The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

    These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

  • European mobility

    Europea mobility

  • Non european mobilty

    Non european mobilty

Profile and Career opportunities

  • Entry profile

    Entry profile

    • Observation skills, interest and curiosity in learning about and understanding the world and the people around them.
    • Ability to differentiate between conjecture and opinion based on fact, between prejudice and judgement which is supported by evidence.
    • Keeping up on a daily basis with the media as a response to the need to be “informed” Critical analysis and epistemological distancing from them.
    • A liking for the different types of journalistic reporting, in the different media forms.
    • Communication skills through either oral and written words or images.
    • Awareness of the need to attain a high level of command of language.
    • Humility and self-discipline in the learning process; desire to gain access to new areas of knowledge and being, without obstacles or prejudice.
    • Enthusiasm for learning and understanding.
    • Awareness of the need to access knowledge from the humanities and science which this training presupposes and demands.
    • Respect for others above any desire to distance oneself or any feeling of superiority.

    Application for a place in the degree

  • Graduate profile

    Graduate profile

    Students who complete the dual degree in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication will be professionals qualified to perform any information job in any communication media and any format: written press, TV, radio, online and in the multimedia area.

    In particular, the digital communication world of the XXI century demands:

    • Professionals with an all-purpose education, who know how to prepare information adapted to the style and format requisites of any medium.
    • Journalists with a general education, that is, professionals with criteria to recognize newsworthiness of an event or occurrence, no matter what area it takes place in.
    • Journalists specialized in their areas, who must be experts in gathering and accrediting information, searching for resources and sources and writing news stories that interest and benefit the public, who go further in-depth in their specialized subjects of expertise, from the most generic (economics, social, political, international, local…) to the most specific (scientific and environmental, parliamentary, courts, sports, conflict situations and social violence –terrorism, abuse, religion, housing-…).
    • Journalists whose sensitivity, the result of knowledge, makes them creators of media content that transmits general and specific knowledge, letting the public know and recognize the framework of realities that make up the world they have to live in.
    • A specific aspect of the graduates’ professional profile is that of institutional and company communicators. This branch of expert communicators for Communication Offices of companies and institutions is important in the professional placement of our students.

    General skills of the Bachelor's Degree in Journalism


    CB1        Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study

    CB2        Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study.

    CB3        Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

    CB4        Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    CB5        Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.



    CG1       Knowledge of the basics of journalistic information, the configuration of the media system, and society¿s participative/communicational model in the access to journalistic information

    CG2       Ability to use language correctly. Knowledge of the Spanish language in its journalistic uses. Accuracy in oral and written expression through the communication media in professional facets as spokespersons

    CG3       Ability to synthesize social issues. Knowledge and use of tools and technologies to enable reporting on social problems and offering solutions to said problems.

    CG4       Knowledge and use of technological resources to produce and disseminate journalistic information. Ability to understand and manage web-based communication innovations. Knowledge of management of user communities generated regarding this information

    CG5       Ability to manage documentation processes, and access data and sources in order to produce quality journalistic information. Ability to manage Big Data and capacity to communicate the results.

    CG6       Acquisition of a high degree of learning in the area of social sciences and humanities, as well as sufficient knowledge in the technical-scientific area so as to transmit information related to these fields to the society at large, and to be able to contextualize this information.

    CG7       Knowledge of principal media communication theories from a diachronic perspective with the coexistence of different conceptual repertoires and cross-disciplinary methodologies where communication theory is forged. Ability to update theoretical concepts in the student¿s daily media experience

    CG8       Knowledge of the basic features of media systems within a globalized framework and the effects on journalistic information of an economy of means focused on the constitution of polyvalent large groups of communication

    CG9       Knowledge of the role of journalistic information, in all types of written and audiovisual media, as well as in social networks, as a generator of social opinion flow and as a contributor or buffer to the historical process of social change

    CG10     Ability to manage journalistic information based on the perspective of pluralism, democratic principles, human rights, and effective equality between women and men, promoted through exemplary practice of the profession. Knowledge of the legal and juridical framework of the right to freedom of expression, together with the entire range of good professional practices



    CT1        Ability to work on teams of a multidisciplinary and international nature as well as organizing and planning work, making appropriate decisions based on available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make sound judgements and engage in critical thinking within the area of study

    CT2        Ability to correctly present and write on a subject or to compose a speech following a logical order, providing accurate information and in accordance with established grammatical and lexical rules and norms.

    CT3        Ability to evaluate the reliability of information and its sources, using it in an ethical way, avoiding plagiarism, and in accordance with academic and professional conventions in the area of study.

    CT4        Acquisition of basic humanistic knowledge to enable the student to round out his/her transversal education.

    CT5        Knowledge and ability to manage interpersonal skills involving initiative and responsibility, negotiation, emotional intelligence, etc., as well as calculation tools in order to consolidate basic technical skills required in the entire professional ambit.


    SPECIFIC SKILLS              

    CE1        Ability to deal with journalistic information in different media (press, radio, TV, Internet, communication centers), always based on polyvalent learning that enables the student to adapt to the multimedia journalistic requirements and control of technological-informative specifications to the different types of media

    CE2        Ability to write journalistic texts of an informative and interpretive nature according to scientific method and in line with good professional practices, social responsibility and for the benefit of society at large

    CE3        Ability to manage, within the framework of the different journalistic genres, matters of general interest and public importance whose central axes are issues involving violence and conflict of a structural nature (gender violence, cultural and/or religious conflicts).

    CE4        Knowledge and application of the principles governing the different branches of specialized journalism, such as documentation processes and specific source systems

    CE5        Acquisition and ability to apply the informative component to graphic design and acquisition of infographic competencies, as well as basic IT knowledge for use in different techniques applied to journalism and to digital image treatment.

    CE6        Ability to undertake entrepreneurial journalism projects, to manage human resources and to administer resource material. Capacity to generate, manage and organize all types of communication processes for businesses and institutions

    CE7        Acquisition of speaking and broadcasting skills adapted to informative needs, especially in audio, video and transmedia processes.

    CE8        Development of competencies to enable the appropriateness of editorial and advertising contents for informative media to be determined, and control of legal and juridical principles governing advertising activity in informative media and the systems establishing advertising costs and investment

    CE9        Knowledge to individually analyze, design and defend a solution to a problem the interdisciplinary area of the degree program, applying the knowledge, skills, tools and strategies acquired and developed within the study program.


  • External internships

    External internships

    This is a selection where students of this degree can do their internships:

    • Servimedia S.A.
    • Radio Televisión Canaria
    • Agencia EFE
    • Radio Albacete Cadena Ser
    • Diario de Teruel
    • Capital Radio
    • Prisa Radio
    • Cadena Ser
    • Jot Down Magacine
    • Diario de Navarra
    • Diario de León
    • Onda Cero Pontevedra
    • La Nueva España
    • Madridiario
    • Uniprex Onda Cero Valladoliz
    • Telefonica Broadcast Services
    • Omnicom Public Relations Group
    • Okdiario
    • 13 TV S.A.
  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities

    • Proofeader of texts and/or styles
    • Copywriter
    • Community manager
    • Literary editor
    • Web content manager
    • Scripwriter
    • Press officer
    • Broadcaster
    • TV host
    • Reporter
    • Corporate communications manager
    • Internal communications manager
    • Literary critic
    • Editorial manager
    • Institucional communicantions offices
    • Communication consultancy
    • Photojournalism
    • Freelance professional

Study in english

Studies with bilingual option

In this degree, the university offers the opportunity to study in English more than half of the subjects of the studies program. Once you have been admitted, you will choose, at the time of enrollment, the language in which you will study in accordance with the following conditions:

  • In groups in English, all works (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) will be conducted in English.
  • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, performing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. In the first weeks of the course will inform students how they can prove their level.
  • The courses offered in English are in the studies program.
  • In case there are more applications than places available in English, interested persons will be ranked according to their admission grade.
  • If you are enrolled in English and exceed at least 50% of the credits offered at the UC3M, in the DS appear a mention of bilingual studies.

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