Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Our ground-breaking degree combines advanced vocational training and rigorous academic study to prepare you for a career in journalism.

Course overview

In a world hungry for news, the ultra-competitive media market needs versatile, multimedia journalists with cutting-edge skills and a highly developed awareness of ethics.

Our Journalism degree is based in state-of-the-art newsrooms complete with dedicated radio and television studios, and editing and production facilities. You learn to write and report in text, on air and for the internet. You also have regular access to work placements and internships at KMTV, our award-winning Ofcom-licensed professional TV channel that broadcasts from the campus.

The Centre for Journalism at Kent is leading the development of journalism as an academic discipline rooted in professional newsroom practice. On our professionally accredited programme, you study for an honours degree that includes history, politics and law while completing the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism. (*See fees and funding for additional costs.)

Why study Journalism at Kent?

Sky's the limit.

Emma's passion took her from the student newsrooms and KMTV to a job as an output producer at Sky News.

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Top 10

Communications and Media Studies at Kent was ranked 6th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2023.  

Gain hands-on experience.

Our students can learn from mentors in the industry thanks to our partnership with the John Schofield Trust.

Professional recognition

Our Journalism BA is fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Newsroom culture and KMTV

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Entry requirements

Typical A level offer
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Click below to find out more.

Course structure

You can study a range of topics including documentary making; television presenting and reporting; radio presenting and reporting; producing live radio and television programmes; producing quality newspapers and magazines; feature writing; news websites and citizen reporters; spin, propaganda and investigative reporting.

How you'll study

Teaching is by a variety of methods including masterclasses, lectures, seminars, films and small group discussions. Professional skills are taught in a live newsroom environment, which replicates the atmosphere of a working multimedia newsroom.

A degree with real-world experience.

My course has geared me up perfectly for life as a journalist.

Your future

This degree prepares you to work across the broadcast, print and online media. You learn to communicate with non-specialist audiences and to present your opinion coherently and with passion.

Organisations employing our graduates include:

  • BBCBBC Newsround, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 2
  • Sky, Channel 5, ITV Meridian, Peston on Sunday, Bloomberg TV, Euronews
  • ENVY Post Productions, ITV Productions
  • Reuters, Associated Press TV News
  • The Sun, the Daily Mail, The Financial Times, Express Newspapers, Guardian Labs
  • BuzzfeedAOL, The Huffington Post
  • Vogue
  • South China Morning Post
  • The Kent Messenger Group

Other graduates have secured positions in communications roles for charities, NGOs and campaign groups or political parties. 

UK journalism graduate salaries
Very high
Average base pay (3,280 salaries)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Students undergo assessment for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism via examinations set by the NCTJ. There is a fee for each of these examinations, which students must pay in addition to their tuition fees. See the NCTJ website for current NCTJ exam fees.

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 


We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

We are no longer accepting applications for this course for entry in 2024.

Please see our alternative course - Media.

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