Journalism (NCTJ accredited) BA (Hons)

This exciting and challenging course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and is designed for students who want to study a fascinating subject area and graduate with the industry-recognised qualifications to give them the best chance of getting a job within the industry straight away.



Reasons to study Journalism at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • 85.7% of our Journalism graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
    According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report
  • Journalism was awarded 91% Overall Student Satisfaction
    In the National Student Survey 2018
  • Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
    For more than 20 years, which means you will gain industry sought skills and experience that are relevant for a career in Journalism 

  • Work placement opportunities
    Enhance your employability and gain industry experience by undertaking an optional work placement 

  • Dedicated facilities
    Develop your practical and professional skills in our dedicated news room within The Leicester Centre for Journalism 

  • Award winning student group, Demon Media
    Gain valuable, industry-relevant experience by contributing to the Demon Media group, including; The Demon magazine, Demon FM radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website

You will learn how to become an effective, professionally qualified, multi-platform journalist, while also learning about the fascinating practice and theory of journalism. Video and photography will be integrated throughout the course, and taught alongside the traditional principles of journalism.

Our Journalism courses take you into the fast-moving world of 21st century journalism with a real emphasis on practical, hands-on experience in this exciting and fascinating area. 

The NCTJ is the only UK-wide qualifications authority for multiplatform journalism. It has accredited DMU’s Journalism courses for nearly 20 years, and this specific course since it launched in 2009.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: P500

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: P500

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Find out about  additional costs and optional extras.

Fees and funding: £13,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


Contact us: For more information complete our  online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

Entry Criteria

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE course. English and Maths GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points

Portfolio Required : No

Interview Required: Yes and NCTJ approved on-screen test. If you are unable to attend the interview and test, you will be offered the non-accredited journalism joint honours degree 

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Industry links



First year

Core modules:

  • Reporting 1 – this core introductory module introduces you to news in a multi-media environment; looking at what it is, where it comes from, how to get it and how to write it successfully 
  • Journalism Skills – introduces you to the key skill of writing shorthand at speed. It leads to the 100 words-per-minute Teeline shorthand exam
  • Media Law – helps you learn everything you need to know to stay within the law when practising journalism. It leads to the two NCTJ  media law qualificationsInside
  • Journalism 1 – this module helps you to understand the history and context of journalism.

Second year

Core modules:

  • Reporting 2 – this module looks at specialist forms of journalism, particularly feature writing
  • News-Writing – this is a specialist, practical module, honing your skills and leading to the NCTJ Reporting qualification and the NCTJ portfolio of professional practice
  • Political Reporting – mixes the theory and practice of how journalists cover national and local government, and leads to the NCTJEssential Public Affairs qualification
  • Inside Journalism 2 – this module continues your study of the context of journalism and then prepares you for your dissertation.

Third year

Core modules:

  • Journalism Dissertation – in this module, you will write a 10,000 word project on a subject of your choice, by studying existing work and then carrying out original research on your chosen topic
  • Reporting 3 – you will prepare a portfolio of your own work, including that published while on work experience or on Demon Media platforms. The major part of the portfolio is a publication, produced with a group of fellow students, which is conceptualised, written and designed by the students from start to finish
  • Sub-editing and Design – this module allows you to learn the key skills involved in publication design and leads to the NCTJ qualification in Production Journalism

Optional modules:

  • Sports Journalism – this module is practically focused and helps you to develop key sports reporting skills, particularly covering football, rugby and cricket and involving links with Leicester’s most prominent professional clubsin those sports
  • Magazine Publishing – this module looks at how magazines are developed, marketed and run, allowing you to really get inside the fascinating world of magazines
  • Broadcast Journalism – this module allows you to explore and develop your broadcast skills and involves real-world broadcasting on the university’s Demon Media broadcasting facilities 
  • Arts and Entertainment Journalism – you will explore the theory and practice of reviewing different aspects of the arts and entertainment
  • Political Communication – this module looks at how politicians communicate with the public using the media, and the roles of the various media professionals, especially journalists, within that process.

Most journalism is taught in two or three-hour practical workshops involving practical work every week. Other modules are taught in lecture and seminar formats, with the dissertation studied independently with support from tutorials with your tutor. Journalism students will spend time in taught sessions and be expected to do a lot of self study.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used, including practical sessions, essays, presentations, group work, portfolios and presentations. Most NCTJ qualifications are exam based.

Journalism at DMU is taught by five vastly experienced, fully-qualified journalists, all of them former newspaper editors. They share their skills developed over up to 30 years in journalism in a very practical approach to the study of the subject. They are backed up by academic colleagues with expertise in many areas, and visiting lecturers from within the industry. All staff have excellent contacts in newspapers and magazines, particularly in the East Midlands.


Journalism lecturers at DMU have won four university-wide awards for teaching excellence, The highly-experienced journalists running the course are supplemented by a range of top guest lecturers from across the industry, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam or test. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, you will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 24 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.


DMU Journalism staff have close links with all forms of Leicestershire news media. Journalism staff have worked for – and continue to work for – most local newspapers and radio stations. This means our Journalism courses have unrivalled industry links with newspapers and radio stations in Leicestershire and the courses have an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally, allowing our students to win prestigious work experience placements for themselves.

Students also have the chance to contribute to Demon Media’s multi-media platforms, including The Demon Magazine, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and the Demon website.

Facilities and features

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists

Many newspapers now require prospective junior reporters to have passed the NCTJ's preliminary examinations before starting work.

The industry standard for accredited journalism courses sets a benchmark based on exam results and also stresses the need for courses to focus on skills convergence and multimedia journalism.

All NCTJ courses meet the accreditation standard and follow the NCTJ curriculum, and all are designed to give you the best possible chance to get a job in journalism.


You will have access to excellent facilities, including five dedicated computer suites within the Leicester Centre of Journalism and a dedicated newsroom, to enhance your practical and professional skills further.

You will also be able to use our multimillion pound Creative Technology Studios which include a suite of high-tech radio and TV studios, as part of your studies and as part of your extra-curricular activities with Demon Media.


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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Journalism students go on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including major newspaper groups, magazines, PR companies and the wider communications and digital media industries.

Our students increasingly find employment in the digital economy, where their ability to communicate effectively on a variety of platforms gives them a significant advantage.

Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills. If you decide to continue your study on our established Journalism MA (NCTJ accredited) or Investigative Journalism MA (which has been newly developed with and endorsed by Channel 4), as a DMU graduate you may be eligible for one of our generous postgraduate scholarships (terms and conditions apply).



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).



Journalism students participate in a vast range of work experience opportunities, ranging from their own local newspaper, to local, regional and national broadcasters and a wide variety of magazines. Students also have the chance to contribute to the Demon Media stable of multi-media platforms, including; The Demon newspaper, Demon FM community radio station, Demon TV and The Demon website.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 14 halls of residence – and around 4,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


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