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The award
MA, PG Dip

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University

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.

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

Notts TV is one of 19 new local television stations awarded a 12 year licence to broadcast on Freeview Channel 8. The station's news output is based in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, producing two hours of news every weeknight from May 2014. Uniquely CBJ 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.

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.

Facilities

Broadcast 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.

TV Studio

This provides high definition SDI cameras, live weather green screen, a studio news set with back video projection; and autocue.

TV Production/Viewing Gallery

This is a dedicated production facility incorporating live multi-channel audio mixing desk; digital high definition vision mixer; and 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).

Newsroom

This provides work stations including two hydraulic work stations for disability access; a specialised production facility for television, radio, print, magazine and online news production; the latest Adobe Master Collection software; newsroom live production points, live links to external camera feeds; live news feeds; Independent Radio News feed; and Press Association Feed.

Three radio studios

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

Student technical resources

Free hire of broadcast equipment that can be used on location. This  includes digital video and high definition cameras; video camera kits including balance line, microphone, headphones, Manfrotto Pro floating tripod system; digital audio recorders (digital Marantz recorders); and 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 magazines).

Technical support

The production facilities have a dedicated team of five experienced engineers. They provide constant technical support for students and update and create systems that mirror the latest innovations in industry.

Books and library resources

In our library you will 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMA, PG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMA, PG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

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.

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.

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