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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

All study options

About Journalism at Nottingham Trent University

Course overview

Digital technology has revolutionised the way we consume information, and journalists play a vital role in gathering information and reporting on unfolding world events, current affairs, politics, sport and entertainment across multiple platforms, to meet our increasingly voracious appetite for real-time news.

The BA (Hons) in Journalism has been developed in close association with major media organisations to provide an industry-recognised qualification that is highly valued by employers. The course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and, while on the course you'll sit NCTJ exams, leading to the NCTJ Diploma. All fees for these exams are included in your course costs.

Named top performing NCTJ accredited undergraduate journalism degree in the UK for five years running! (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)

How you're taught

How will I learn?

Because this is a highly vocational course, half of your time will be spent carrying out practical tasks including news days, presentations and live team projects. 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.

Visiting lecturers

You'll also benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience brought to us by prestigious visiting lecturers, who 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.

Excellent placement opportunities

All students are expected to take part in three weeks of work placement with a media platform of your choice. This could be a newspaper, magazine, news website or a PR agency.

Recent students have secured placements with the Nottingham Post, Vogue magazine, Derby Telegraph, NME magazine and PR companies.

International exchange

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. Find out more.

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 enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (75%) and written (25%)
  • Year 2 coursework (60%), written (33%) and practical (7%)
  • Year 3 coursework (93%) and practical (7%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (69%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%)

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 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
  • researcher
  • 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 and 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 enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities.


Our fantastic journalism facilities

Our award-winning range of Journalism courses are based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, centrally placed on our City Campus. This multi million pound development includes one of the largest student newsrooms in the UK, a fully functioning TV studio with production facilities and three radio studios.


This provides: 96 work stations including two hydraulic work stations for disability access, a specialised production facility for television, radio, print, magazine and online news production, integrated 1 GB network system, adobe Master Collection software (continual updates to latest versions), multi-screen workstations, newsroom live production points, live links to external camera feeds, live news feeds Independent Radio News feed and Press Association feed.

Student technical resources

Free hire of broadcast equipment that can be used on location including: 70 wide screen digital video cameras, high definition cameras, video camera kits including balance line, microphone, Sony Pro headphones, Manfrotto Pro floating tripod system, over 60 digital audio recorders (digital Marantz recorders) and over 40 digital still cameras and production lighting equipment.

Photographic production area

This includes: a pull-down white Cyclorama curtain, three point lighting system, soft and hard lighting and white defusing tent for photographing smaller objects (for print magazines).

Technical support

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.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to: Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.


TV studio

This provides: six high definition SDI cameras incorporating pedestals, live weather green screen, a studio news set with back video projection and automated newsroom reading system (autocue).

TV production / viewing gallery

This is a dedicated production facility incorporating: live multi-channel audio mixing desk, digital high definition vision mixer, operation stations including director (with access to multi-functional communications system), a production assistant (accessing automated programme time counts), autocue controller (synchronising camera on-screen prompts in live TV studio), play-out operator (responsible for queuing and output of pre-record and news packages).

Radio studios

The radio news production facilities incorporate: one larger studio with six-microphone hex desk (used for multi-presenter panel debates), fully sound proofed with acoustic isolated floating floor system, news production consoles, automated newsroom reading system (autocue), a three-presenter news desk, automated live bulletin recorder, audio news package play-out system (BPM), real-time audio monitoring for newsroom, convergence systems for online platforms and two voice-over recording cubicles.

Study options for this course

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Foundation courses

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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