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Nottingham Trent University
United Kingdom, Nottingham
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Why choose this course?
With experienced tutors, fantastic work placement opportunities and excellent facilities at the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism (CBJ), this course will provide you with all the skills you need to pursue a career in journalism.

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and is consistently top-rated, winning the NCTJ Best Performing Undergraduate Course award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. While on the course students sit NCTJ exams leading to the NCTJ Diploma and all fees for these exams are included in your course costs.

The BA (Hons) in Journalism has been developed in close association with major media organisations to blend practice and theory and provide an industry-recognised qualification to work as a multiplatform journalist. You’ll also gain a range of transferable skills that can be used in a range of media industries from public relations to communication officers.

As well as the traditional skills of writing for newspapers and magazines, interviewing, media law, politics and shorthand, you’ll be given digital skills including writing for online, the use of social media in journalism, and creating and using video content.


This course has was named the UK’s top performing undergraduate course by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and our students regularly win awards.

Industry support

The course is also supported by local representatives from:

The Nottingham Post
The Derby Telegraph
BBC East Midlands
Central News
Sky News
Notts TV
Exchange opportunities – study abroad

You will have the opportunity to apply for an exchange in Year Two, to study at another university through our Erasmus scheme. Gain valuable work experience that will impress employers, learn another language, experience other cultures and travel the globe – all as part of your degree. Our international exchange partners include universities in Australia, Europe, USA, Canada and Thailand.

What our students say

“The course was fantastic as it combined the exciting practical elements of journalism with the essential theory and qualifications needed to secure a job in the ever-changing industry.

“Its outstanding reputation and NCTJ ranking was really impressive in job interviews. It seems everyone in the industry knows about NTU, the quality of its Journalism degree, and the calibre of journalists it produces”

Joanna Hunt, BA (Hons) Print Journalism (now BA (Hons) Journalism)

What the professionals say

“It is important that those who are choosing to go into the industry are as well prepared and highly skilled as they can be, not only to compete for jobs but also to ensure that the media grows and remains fresh with new ideas brought in by graduates. The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism at Nottingham Trent University is focused on giving students the best possible start by ensuring that our graduates have all the skills necessary to be at the forefront when it comes to employability.”
Sir Michael Parkinson, Broadcaster, Journalist and Author

Programme structure

How will I learn?
This course is 50% practical and 50% academic. You will be taught through a variety of teaching and learning experiences which will include:

lectures and briefings
news days
live projects
You will also be involved in self-directed project work where you will have the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
How will I be assessed?

Each module is assessed separately and may involve a combination of the following:

competency portfolios
class tests
seminar presentations
skills assessments
formal examinations.
Over the three years students gradually increase their study skills and presentation techniques. The marks that count towards the degree also increase year-by-year, so that assessment is matched fairly with the expected rate of students’ learning throughout the three year course.

Visiting lecturers
These have included:

Matt Hall – Guardian Online
Mike Sassi – Nottingham Post
Martin Shakeshaft – award-wining photojournalist
Yvonne Ridley – Freelance reporter and author
Lee Marlow – Features Editor at the Leicester Mercury
Simon Wilson – Entertainment Editor at the Nottingham Post
Martin Smith – former Sheffield Star columnist
Diane Blood – Family rights campaigner
Nottinghamshire Police
Graham Parker – Parker PR
Amanda Penman – Editor of Artsbeat magazine
Richard Bilton – BBC Panorama.

Career opportunities

Your career development
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help enhance your future career in journalism.

This course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students.

After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including:

Magazine journalist
Newspaper journalist
Production journalist
Public relations
Communications officer
Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies and organisations including:

Nottingham Post
Derby Telegraph
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Press Office
Johnston Press Newspapers
Nottingham Forest FC
NSPCC Press Office
News Team News Agency
Banbury Guardian
West Briton
Avon & Somerset Police Press Office.
As well as careers in journalism graduates have also gone on to work in PR, marketing and advertising. Many graduates have joined or started local small and medium enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States