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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 13450 per year
From news presenters, reporters and foreign correspondents on radio and television, to producers, editors and researchers working behind the scenes, successful broadcast journalists employ a diverse range of personal and professional skills within their role. As well as having excellent communication and presentation skills, broadcast journalists are project managers, creative writers, researchers and technical experts.
This is a vocational degree that combines practical training and professional work placements, with a solid academic base. You'll be situated in purpose built facilities in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, where you'll not only learn the skills needed to work in a broadcast newsroom, but also have the opportunity to contribute to news programmes and website content for local television station, Notts TV.
The course has been developed in close association with major media organisations and is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This is our guarantee that the course offers innovative and relevant education and training that is highly prized by employers in radio and television.
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
How you're taught
How will I learn?
As this is a highly vocational course, half of your time will be spent carrying out practical tasks including TV, radio and online news production, news days, presentations, live team projects and visits. The other half of your time will be spent in academic study, including lectures and briefings, seminars and tutorials. You'll also be involved in independent project work where you'll have the support of NOW, or virtual learning environment.
How will I be assessed?
Each module is assessed separately and involves practical assessments such as essays, project work, competency portfolios, placements, presentations and skills assessments. You'll also be assessed through formal examinations and class tests.
Over the three years, you'll gradually increase your study skills, production 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 your learning throughout the three year course.
You'll receive feedback throughout the module so you know what level you are working at.
Learn from expert staff
Our journalism team is made up of expert academic and technical staff that have extensive experience in education and industry. These, together with visiting professionals, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.
You'll also benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience brought to us by prestigious visiting lecturers, who have included:
Course Leader: Gail Mellors
Excellent placement opportunities
You're expected to undertake a total of three weeks' of placements in radio and / or television newsrooms, normally during holiday times. Recent students have gone on a placement within the following companies:
You'll be supported to find a placement with access to:
You'll also benefit from final year students and graduates sharing experiences of their own work placement experiences with you. They'll make recommendations about how best to approach companies and get the most from your experience.
You'll also be able to attend sessions to help you to develop your CV and identify possible work experience opportunities.
More student opportunities
You'll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.
You'll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:
Careers and employability
Your career development
Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help enhance you 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:
Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies including:
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 enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities.
Our fantastic Broadcast Journalism facilities
Our award-winning range of Journalism courses are based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, centrally placed on our City Campus. This multimillion pound development includes one of the largest student newsrooms in the UK, a fully functioning TV studio with production facilities and three radio studios.
TV production / viewing gallery
This is a dedicated production facility incorporating:
The radio news production facilities incorporate:
Student technical resources
Free hire of broadcast equipment that can be used on location including:
Photographic production area
The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism production facilities has a dedicated team of friendly and experienced engineers. They provide you with constant technical support and update and create systems that mirror the latest innovations in industry.
Books and library resources
In our library you'll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books, periodicals and other resources that focus on specialist areas within Broadcast Journalism.
Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to:
Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.
Notes about fees for this course
The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.
The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.
The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.
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