MA / PGDip

Broadcast Journalism

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


This course prepares you to work in radio and television newsrooms and factual programming. You will be taught how to research and write your own stories, conduct effective interviews and record and edit for audio and video using the latest digital technology.

The course has been developed in close association with major media organisations and is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Our graduates have progressed on to work with companies such as the BBC, ITN, Sky News, Channel 5 News, ILR radio and BAFTA.

What you'll study

This course will provide you with a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You will become familiar with studios, be given professional voice training to help your presentation skills, and gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration, ethics and regulation.

You will also work with other students on regular news days that replicate industry practice, producing news packages for radio, television and our online news blog.

By the end of the course you will be ready to take your place in the multi-platform world of broadcasting.

  • Modules

    Core modules

    Broadcast Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points)

    You will develop the skills required to work as a journalist in a radio television or online newsroom. You will develop journalistic skills including writing for online, news judgement, interviewing, and news reading. You will be introduced to the technical skills needed by a broadcast journalist including, recording, editing, and operating a radio studio and television gallery.

    You will learn the different ways stories can be dealt with, and identify the most suitable editorial and production options in a range of differing situations. You'll have an understanding of audiences, and are able to research and prepare items for radio, online and television. You'll experience simulated news days, aimed at working within a collaborative team to produce radio and television bulletins, online web pages and news magazine programmes within the constraints of daily deadlines.

    Media Law (20 credit points)

    You will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions on the work of journalists.

    Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points)

    Gives you the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the basic features, structures and operation of both local and central government. You will learn about where to find information and interviewees on political stories as you continue to develop journalistic skills and gain an understanding of dealing with press officers and spin doctors.

    Multi-platform Project (MA route only) (60 credit points)

    You will produce a short documentary for either radio or TV, plus an online version of this feature to showcase the wide range of skills you have developed during the course. You will also complete a research essay on your chosen subject.

    Optional modules

    Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points)

    Provides you with an insight into key concepts and theories regarding the production and practice of contemporary journalism. You will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society. Upon this basis the module invites you to explore a range of ethical dilemmas with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society.


    Social Media (20 credit points)

    This module will provide you with an insight into the key concepts, theories and practice of social media as it is deployed in contemporary journalism. It combines practical exploration with consideration of theory and academic discourse to equip you with a deep understanding of social media, both as a journalistic tool and as an influence on wider society.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessments

Study methods on this course include practical sessions, project work and independent learning, as well as tutorials, lectures and seminars.

This practical course enables you to develop story ideas and contacts, gathering your own material for journalistic work. Online production is integral with a focus on multimedia skills development required by the industry.

Placements give you the chance to work in radio, television and online news organisations including Notts TV.

You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. MA students are required to complete the multi-platform project which includes a radio or TV documentary, an online feature and a research essay.

Notts TV

Journalism students will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as volunteering on weekends and taking part in work placements.

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.

Further information on how you're taught

Expert teaching staff

Our staff all have experience in broadcasting, and many of our news days are led by guest broadcasters from the BBC and commercial stations.

Dr Emma Hemmingway is the Course Leader for the MA in Broadcast Journalism. She worked as a news and documentary producer for the BBC at both regional and national level for 12 years, before joining NTU as a senior lecturer. She is the author of the book Into the Newsroom, published by Routledge in 2008. She has also co-authored several book chapters and conference papers.

John Collins teaches on the MA in Broadcast Journalism. He has spent the majority of his career as a radio journalist, working on local, regional and national stations as a reporter, news reader, sports commentator and also acting as the news editor for some of the UK’s biggest commercial radio stations.

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:

  • 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; and
  • 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 small and medium enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities. Students are expected to undertake a minimum of three weeks of placements normally in the UK but potentially anywhere in the world. They are usually undertaken during vacation periods.

Placements allow you to use, in front of professionals, many of the skills and much of the knowledge and understanding you will acquire while studying at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ). Every newsroom has its own distinctive way of working and it's important that students experience these different ways.

We do not guarantee to find placements for students but has placement partnerships with various organisations including Sky; BBC East Midlands; ITV Central (East and West); and Independent Local Radio and BBC Radio.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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.

Pre-masters and 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 pre-masters and 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.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

CourseHome / EU 
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MA Broadcast Journalism£8000£4000
MA Broadcast Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£6,000 £3,000
PGDip Broadcast Journalism£5,340£2,670
PGDip Broadcast Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£4,005£2,002.25

All fees stated are for September 2019 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

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

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

MA Broadcast Journalism£13,500
MA Broadcast Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£10,125
PGDip Broadcast Journalism£9,000
PGDip Broadcast Journalism (including Alumni 25% discount)£6,750

All fees stated are for September 2019 entry. Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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