Journalism (NCTJ accredited) BA (Hons)

This stimulating degree course will help you become a professionally qualified journalist across multiple platforms, accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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Journalism and the media play a vital role in a democracy, and this course offers the opportunity to pursue a career that’s not only exciting, but also crucial for informing debate and discussion on a wide range of questions affecting our lives.

The NCTJ accreditation is a stepping stone for those wanting to enter a career in journalism, with this being a sought-after qualification by prospective employers.

As well as exploring the traditional principles of journalism, you will learn how to become an effective, professionally qualified, multi-platform journalist, with video and photography integrated throughout the course.

The skills acquired from this degree course, as well as the NCTJ qualifications, are transferable to other career paths, with many students also progressing into roles in PR and communications.

Key features

  • You will study a range of topics including reporting, media law and news writing, learning from respected and award-winning journalists and academic experts who are active in newspaper, radio, magazine and digital journalism.
  • You’ll have opportunities to strengthen your career prospects with a placement in industry. Students have previously worked at Leicester Mercury Newspaper, NME, Leicester City Football Club, ITN, the BBC and the Observer.
  • Enhance your studies and broaden your horizons with #DMUglobal, our international experience programme. Recently, students have explored 100 years’ worth of TV archives in New York and gained insight at the South China Morning Post during a trip to Hong Kong.
  • Benefit from learning in the dedicated Leicester Centre for Journalism, equipped with iMac computers, where you will develop a range of skills including the fundamentals of reporting, shorthand, interviewing and news writing to strict deadlines.
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience by joining a range of student societies such as the award-winning Demon Media group, and put what you’ve learned into practice by contributing to its magazine, radio station, TV station and website.
  • Graduates have progressed to careers with some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including major newspaper groups, magazines, PR companies and the wider communications and digital media industries. 

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This course is subject to revalidation.

  • 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 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Stephen Lawrence Scholarship
A new scholarship programme to encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at university is being launched by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). Find out more.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information 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: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £13,750

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

  • A typical offer is normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels, or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM

Plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass Access 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.

  • 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 then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

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 and accreditation



First year

  • Reporting 1
  • Journalism Skills
  • Media Law
  • Journalism 1

Second year

  • Reporting 2
  • News-Writing
  • Political Reporting
  • Inside Journalism 2

Third year

Core modules:

  • Journalism Dissertation
  • Reporting 3
  • Sub-editing and Design

Optional modules:

  • Sports Journalism
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Arts and Entertainment Journalism
  • Political Communication


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.


Industry links

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.


Accredited by the National Council for the Training of JournalistsMany 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.

Facilities and features

Leicester Centre of Journalism

Students have access to facilities such as the dedicated computer suites in the Leicester Centre of Journalism and a newsroom, so that they can enhance their practical and professional skills further.

We also boast multimillion-pound Creative Technology Studios, which include a suite of high-tech radio and TV studios. Journalism students can use these facilities to learn about contemporary journalism, with many on the course choosing to work with our award-winning Demon Media group and gain valuable hands-on experience by contributing to its magazine, radio station, TV station and website. 

Library and learning zones

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers a range of print and online resources to support your studies. Many resources and services can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone. We also have space across campus for group or individual work and study, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology available.

More flexible ways to learn

Our Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been recognised as leading the university sector. It builds upon our pledge to offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students.

UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures.

This means students can revise taught material in the way which suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Our Journalism graduates have gone 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.

Previous students have secured roles such as trainee journalist at the Loughborough Echo, trainee reporter at the Berkshire Media Group, broadcast journalist at Global Radio, junior features writer at Caters News Agency and a position on the ITV News graduate scheme.

Students increasingly find employment in the digital economy, where the ability to communicate effectively on a variety of platforms is 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, including the Investigative Journalism MA courses offered at DMU.



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 DMU Global, 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.

Journalism students have been on trips to gain insight into the rapidly changing world of newspapers at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, as well as completed an internship at the prestigious Charles University in Prague, where they wrote articles for the university’s English-language news website.



Work placements are offered as part of this course through #DMUworks, and can boost your skills and experience while studying, as well as improving your chances of gaining a graduate level job.

We have links with organisations both in the UK and internationally, and the placements team can help you find a placement to suit your interests and aspirations.

Students have previously worked at NME, Leicester City Football Club, ITN, the BBC and The Observer.

Many Journalism students also undertake work experience within a variety of media outlets, including NME, the Observer, Sky Sports News and the Leicester Mercury.

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