Taught course

News Journalism

Nottingham Trent University · Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism

Entry requirements

A UK honours (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.

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

Months of entry


Course content

This course prepares you to work in an editorial team to supply material across a multi-platform newsroom. You will seek out original stories, conduct incisive interviews and produce crisp and engaging copy. You will train to be what Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez calls the best job in the world – a journalist.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in news journalism with input from leading journalists and editors from publications across the country going from news novice to a multiskilled, multi-platform, social media savvy and highly employable 21st Century journalist.

Our agreement with the Nottingham Post gives students the opportunity to learn journalism skills on the job. Our students gain invaluable first-hand experience working in industry and it gives the Post an opportunity to spot the best talent which is great for their newsroom but also the city as skilled graduates are retained.

You will be taught the essential skills of reporting, interviewing and researching, video filming and editing, and using social media as a journalist.

On newsdays you will work to tight deadlines not only reporting, but managing multi-platform news output for our inhouse media brands. You will be video and audio trained to help you produce engaging stories for our website. You’ll also explore the best ways to use social media to both find and promote them.

You will gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You will develop your shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard. By the end of the course you will be ready to work in a newsroom producing sophisticated and engaging multimedia journalism.

Information for international students

International students whose first language is not English are required to have IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing, and 5.5 in listening and speaking.

Fees and funding

We have a number of UK/EU and International student bursaries and scholarships for postgraduate courses. For more information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Supported by a consortium of media professionals in the region. The course has full accreditation from the NCTJ.

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)115 848 2999