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Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): P500
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Do you aspire to work in radio or TV in front of the camera as a news presenter, reporter or foreign correspondent or want to work behind the scenes as a producer, editor or researcher?

NTU can help you become a successful broadcast journalist employing a diverse range of personal and professional skills. As well as having excellent communication and presentation skills, you'll be a project manager, creative writer, researcher and technical expert.

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.

  • BJTC accredited course - a guarantee you'll have the skills that hiring editors are looking for.
  • Employability is a key focus of this course, with compulsory modules designed to help you excel in your future career in journalism. In fact 94% of students believe the course has improved their career prospects (National Student Survey 2022)
  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Communication, Cultural & Media Studies, Library & Information Management' Unit of Assessment was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact - REF 2021.
  • You'll be working in our industry standard studios, TV gallery and recording booths, honing the skills you'll need from day one.

Course accreditation

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Professional Accreditation

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.

Broadcast Journalism facilities in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism

Take a tour of the studios, newsroom and equipment you'll use on your course with your course leader, Gail Mellors.

What you’ll study

The course is 50% practical and 50% academic. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you’ll gain extensive practical experience through:

Practical work and news-days

You’ll develop your practical skills in radio, television and online across all three years. Teaching and learning activities include writing for broadcast, research, interviewing, radio and television recording and editing and news reading.

You’ll also spend a considerable time learning the skills necessary to be able to use broadcast equipment and IT systems. You’ll take part in in mock news-day activities which simulate the real world. These take place on a weekly basis at key stages during your course of study and also as a rolling week of news day activity. Staff act as consultant editors, as do representatives from industry. Roles on news days are rotated and cover: news reading, presenting, reporting, television gallery roles and editing.

Recent guests on the Sports Journalism module have included BBC Breakfast's  Mike Bushell, Manchester United 's Natalie Pike, BBC Radio 5 Live sport reporter John Acres, Decibel Sport Management Director Pam Melbourne and The Voice sport editor Rodney Hinds.

In the second and third year you'll also produce material for our outward-facing news website

Digital Journalism (40 credit points)

You'll learn how to write for online, operate as a mobile journalist, conduct interviews for radio and television, record and edit material for radio and television news output, and how to use social media to gather and disseminate news.

Media Matters (20 credit points)

Develop a theoretical and critical understanding of the practices and processes of newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online journalism. You'll consider the relationship between society and media industries and investigate the ways that both influence each other.

Media Law 1: Covering the Courts (20 credit points)

Study the English legal system, courts, reporting restrictions and contempt, along with an introduction to court reporting. As part of the module you will also visit different courts to produce news reports from the proceedings. This module will give you an understanding of some of the legal rules which control broadcast media coverage of news stories as they break.

Social Media (20 credit points)

This module provides you with the knowledge to examine and analyse the impact of social media on the news industry as well as wider society, and introduces you to the tools and practices used by journalists to research and disseminate news across social media platforms.

Democracy in Action (20 credit points)

Examine the structure of the British political system, how it works, and how different branches interact. This module will give you a solid understanding of the basic features and operation of both central and local government. You'll also learn where to find information and interviewees on political stories and need to recognise current newsworthy issues relating to local and central government.

Semester One

Broadcast News (20 credit points)

Learn more advanced editing and production skills, make news packages for radio and television, and gain training in producing material for use online. Throughout the module you’ll be working in teams to replicate industry practice in radio, television and online news, and produce work of a high journalistic standard.

Keeping out of Court (20 Credit Points)

This module introduces you to a number of important areas of law which has particular relevance to those involved in the media. You'll develop an understanding of many legal provisions which effect  the day-to-day activities of a working journalist. These include defamation, contempt, copyright, elections and sexual offences.

To complement these modules you'll select one of the following optional modules:

Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points)

This module explores a range of ethical dilemmas, with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society. You will gain an insight into the key concepts regarding the production and practice of journalism. You will also develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society.


Political Journalism (20 credit points)

Looks at ethical issues and current controversies, such as fake news, propaganda, political partisanship, through the relationship between journalism and politics and its impact on past and current events.

Semester Two

Programme Production (20 credit points)

You'll participate, as part of a team, in newsdays to plan and produce live radio and TV magazine programmes with links to social media and with supporting online content on our outward-facing news website CBJSpotlight

You'll then choose two modules from the following options:

Sports Journalism (20 credit points)

This practical module develops your theoretical and critical understanding of the role and coverage of sport in contemporary society, and gives you the skills needed to work as a sports reporter. You'll study the links between national, regional, and local identity and sport, reflecting on how the media shapes that identity. Alongside lectures and student presentations, expert guest speakers will explain the logistics of reporting on sport and provide a greater understanding of the practical aspects of sports reporting.

Global Journalism (20 credit points)

Gain an appreciation of the journalism industry from an international and global perspective in terms of both contemporary realities and theoretical concepts. The module features a range of visiting speakers including practising journalists with experience of working across the world in different cultures and political regimes. Alongside lectures and workshops, you'll investigate the work and practice of journalists across the world through special screenings and discussions.

Photojournalism (20 credit points)

This module enables you to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of stills photography. You'll gain practical skills in image capture on still digital formats and the transmission of stills You'll be competent in producing stills for publication and demonstrate the ability to write clear and accurate captions and news stories.You'll understand photographic practice and media law and ethics relating to the publication of images from both professional photographers, citizen journalists and other external sources in newspapers, magazines and on related websites and social media.

Fashion Journalism (20 credit points)

This module will introduce you to the world of fashion and how it is covered by journalists online, in print and on TV/radio. You’ll study key trends in the industry, explore fashion design and manufacture, dissect brands and influencers, and learn how to analyse fashion from a journalist’s perspective.

Newsroom Practice (40 credit points)

You'll participate in weekly newsdays to produce content for hourly radio news bulletins and daily TV news programmes. You'll continue to learn about bulletin and programme construction through these real-world newsdays, and will take part in as-live and live broadcasting and presenting.

Documenting News (40 credit points)

You'll produce a radio or TV documentary, on an issue or subject of your choice, showcasing the wide range of skills you have gained over the three years of the course. Features made for this module have also gone on to win national journalism and student journalism awards sponsored by organisations such as the RTS, BJTC, Midlands Media, Student Radio Awards, Nottingham’s International Soroptimist Society, and Amnesty International.

You will then choose two of the following options - one per semester:

Semester One options typically include:

Data Journalism (20 credit points)

You'll apply and critically evaluate the new and emerging tools and processes used in researching and producing news content through statistical analysis and data, as required by employers and our professional accrediting body the BJTC.

Challenge and Conflict (20 credit points)

In this module you will examine and discuss journalism’s role in the foundation and maintenance of democracy. You will explore the journalists’ role as the guardians of freedom…as well as the disseminators of propaganda.

PR and Communications (20 credit points)

Enables you to demonstrate a working knowledge of PR in the private, public and voluntary sectors and use professional techniques and tools to produce a basic PR campaign.

Semester Two options typically include:

Celebrity Journalism (20 credit points)

Examines this increasingly important part of the industry and the societal impact of celebrity culture through lectures and student presentations.

Podcasting (20 credit points)

Learn the practical skills needed to compile and produce successful podcasts, while developing an understanding of the role of podcasting in the contemporary media landscape. Guest speakers who are experts in the field will explain the logistics and monetisation of podcasting to provide a better understanding of the economic framework within which podcasting sits.

We also offer this alternative route of study to selected third year students. This involves being attached to NottsTV, one of a number of hyper-local television stations licensed by Ofcom across the UK, and working as an intern within the station’s professional newsroom throughout your final year.

Journalism at Work (40 credit points)

A NottsTV attachment will be organised around a 2-week rotation with you spending one week working with the NottsTV news team and the alternate week attending scale-up workshops and working on a group project, guided by CBJ tutors.

Group Documentary Project (40 credit points)

This module aims to provide you with the experience of working as a team alongside others completing the third year of their degrees at Notts TV to achieve the collective goal of producing a factual TV documentary. The assessments for this module consist of a Group Project in the form of a TV documentary and its promotion via social media and websites plus a critical essay and a reflective essay.

Documenting News (40 credit points)

You'll produce a radio or TV documentary, on an issue or subject of your choice, showcasing the wide range of skills you have gained over the three years of the course. Features made for this module have also gone on to win national journalism and student journalism awards sponsored by organisations such as the RTS, BJTC, Midlands Media, Student Radio Awards, Nottingham’s International Soroptimist Society, and Amnesty International.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Eve Smallman

Broadcast Journalism

Over the summer I interned at Nottingham magazine LeftLion. I worked on their print magazine, online website, as well as being a key contributor on their Welcome to Nottingham guide. I got to interview Selasi from Bake Off for that, which was brilliant.

Matt Lynch

Broadcast Journalism

The facilities are second to none. It makes you feel like a fully-fledged Broadcast Journalist when you’re using industry standard technology.

Katie Fenton

Broadcast Journalism

I particularly enjoy the theoretical modules, like ‘Media, Power and Politics’, as I can appreciate the importance of this deeper understanding of the media. I also love news days as I get the chance to produce a show, which is what I’d like to pursue a career in.

Cameron Walker

Broadcast Journalism

It’s one of the best broadcast journalism courses in the country. Not only will it teach you about ethics and media law (something which is essential when applying for jobs), it also teaches you how to be a good journalist.

Chris Hickman

Broadcast Journalism

I can state with absolute confidence that I would not be in the role I am now without the skills I learnt at CBJ… I developed the confidence through my degree to pursue my career path and take opportunities elsewhere.

Hannah Jones

Broadcast Journalism

Going on my semester abroad and achieving a first class honours while out there was by far my biggest achievement. This opportunity really helped shape me as a person, and allowed me to travel and meet so many amazing new people.

James McCarthy

Broadcast Journalism

I would urge potential journalists to choose Broadcast Journalism at NTU, and to be prepared to get hands-on with the work... You must always be on the lookout for a story.

Tom Watts

Broadcast Journalism

I've taken a lot from the course into my job; the law, current affairs and practical modules have definitely helped me in my current role.

Emma Snow

Broadcast Journalism

It gives you confidence when you know how to work an industry standard radio desk and how a TV studio works- it makes it so much easier to adapt and apply the knowledge we learn at CBJ when working in the industry.

Futures Day

Our Broadcast Journalism students take part in Futures Day were they interact with professional journalists to learn more about getting into the media industry
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How you’re taught

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: Jon Snow of ITN's Channel 4 News, BBC correspondents James Reynolds and Richard Bilton, Sunday Telegraph Editor Ian MacGregor and NTU's former Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson.

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: BBC Radio Nottingham, Sky Sports and Central TV.

You’ll be supported to find a placement with access to a database containing a wide range of contacts for potential work placements, live project opportunities with placements and prizes awarded by companies for successful projects. The Broadcasting and Journalism Industry Consortium, a network of regional and national media organisations, supports the broadcasting and journalism courses at NTU.

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.

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.

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.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (33%), independent study (67%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%), independent study (69%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%)

All Arts and Humanities students will complete a minimum of 240 hours of work like experience over the three years of the course

Staff Profiles

Gail Mellors

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Gail is the Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree. Gail teaches Broadcast and Convergence Journalism; runs multiplatform news days; and is a supervisor for undergraduate multiplatform projects.

Amanda Ball

Principal Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Amanda teaches media law, ethics and regulation and public administration on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

John Collins

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

John is the Module Leader for the Digital Journalism Skills module on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree as well as teaching across several of the other practical and academic…

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (34%), written (33%) and practical (33%)
  • Year 2 coursework (33%), written (17%) and practical (50%)
  • Year 3 coursework (30%) and practical (70%)

Careers and employability

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:

  • producer (Radio, TV, Online)
  • editor, sub-editor
  • journalist
  • presenter, reporter, news commentator
  • camera operators
  • production manager
  • floor manager
  • sound engineer
  • lighting engineer,
  • technician / technical assistant
  • researcher.

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies including: BBC, ITN, Sky News, Channel 5 News, BBC Five Live, BBC Asian Network, BAFTA, Gem 106, BBC Radio Nottingham, Free Radio Birmingham and BBC Midlands Today.

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.


  • Alumnus Jack Saunders started his new Radio 1 show in September 2018. Jack graduated from BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism in 2014 and was Station Manager at Fly FM during his time here. Read all about it at UK Student Radio Association.
  • Cameron Walker, BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism graduate, is one of just twelve graduates in the UK who has been selected for the ITV Traineeship scheme. Find out more.

Campus and 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. Find out more ...

Here are some of the free services, student discount and benefits you'll get studying at NTU

We've carefully considered what benefits and services you need for your studies, so when you join NTU you'll get free printing and materials credits, access to our free WiFi, a copy of Microsoft Office, and even borrow a laptop if yours is out of commission.

For life outside your lectures, you'll enjoy access to over 60 sports clubs and 130 student societies, discounted travel and bike hire, free language learning, award-winning student support and an entertainment programme which is second to none.

See all the benefits and free services you will enjoy as an NTU student.

Books and library resources

In our library you’ll have access to an extensive and diverse range of books including those on your reading list.

The library's online resources and NTU Online Workspace (NOW) also provides digital access to the core resources for your modules and a wide range of specialist collections, texts, and databases

Nottingham Trent University has its own Blackwell’s Bookshop which stocks relevant academic texts plus a wide range of bestselling novels.

IT Resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the 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.


Current students run societies in a range of Humanities and Arts subjects including History, Medieval, Film, Filmmaking, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, and the Book society.

There are also a number of media channels which our students get involved in such as the NTU radio station FlyLive, our student magazine Platform, and TV station TrentTV.

Find out more about student societies at the Student Union website.

Entry requirements

Looking for a place in Clearing? We are accepting applications and would love to hear from you.

To discuss our entry requirements and see what we can offer you, call us now on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or apply online.

  • We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to four A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Looking for a place in Clearing? We are accepting applications and would love to hear from you.

To discuss our entry requirements and see what we can offer you, call us now on +44 (0)115 848 6000 or apply online.

You will need the equivalent to:

  • We accept UCAS Tariff points from up to four A-levels or equivalent qualifications.
  • GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before. This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Journalism Diversity Fund

Please visit the Journalism Diversity Fund website to view what funding opportunities are available.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.


If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Please see our fees page for more information.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.


We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the full-time route just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Need help with your application?

For admissions related enquiries please contact us:

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Ask us a question

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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