BA (Hons) Journalism – Nottingham Trent University

This dynamic and vocational award-winning course combines practical training in news journalism on all platforms – newspaper, magazine, mobile and tablet.

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.

The course at NTU has been named top performing UG journalism degree in the UK for five of the last seven years, and was ranked 6th in the Guardian League Tables for 2020 for journalism, publishing and public relations.

After studying core modules in year one, students can personalise their degree, choosing from optional modules in: photojournalism, data journalism, PR&Comms, magazine journalism, sport, fashion, political journalism, challenge and conflict, celebrity journalism. Many of these modules are also aligned to elected elements of the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

Tutors on the course are either former and/or current journalists with decades of expertise. At NTU our ethos is that our students are journalists from the moment they begin on the course. Students take part in live news events, such as the General Election in December 2019 where over 50 students and 10 staff were involved in our live news operation based from our newsroom from 9pm-7am. We covered all Nottingham’s 11 constituencies with students at all of them. Students and tutors worked on our special news website and social media accounts for all content, much of which was shared with our regular media partners for publication.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Introduction to PR for journalists
  • Photography for journalists
  • Data journalism
  • Shorthand for journalists
  • Videojournalism for digital platforms
  • Journalism for a digital audience


The course itself gives you all the tools you need to become a successful journalist in the real world. Practical elements like newsdays and even non-practical ones like media law, all contribute to that.
Eve Smallman, arts editor, LeftLion magazine

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