Year in Journalism

Do you want to be a Journalist?

Would you like to learn the skills you need to challenge fake news and get work in a twenty first century newsroom? Now, Kent’s award-winning Centre for Journalism is pleased to offer the Year in Journalism. This freestanding, self-contained year, is open to students from other Schools in the University and can be taken after stage two or three (that is, between your second and final year, or after your final year).nctj logo

Journalism is more than an exciting and glamorous occupation. At its best, by informing what millions believe, holding power to account and challenging injustice, it reinforces the most cherished values of democratic societies.



Applications for September 2019 are now open. All you need to do is to fill in this short form and we will be in touch with you shortly.


How does The Year in Journalism fit into my degree?

During the year, you will work exclusively within the Centre for Journalism. You will learn in a live newsroom environment, complete with dedicated radio and television studios. Your tutors will include working reporters, former editors of national newspapers and specialist correspondents. You will study for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism. This nationally recognised professional qualification is the passport to a career in journalism.  You will then return to your home School and graduate (if successful) with your current degree title augmented with the words with a Year in Journalism.


The Year in Journalism is suitable for you if you are a current Kent undergraduate and if:

  • You are fascinated by current affairs
  • You want to have a career as a professional, multimedia reporter
  • You want to earn a valuable professional qualification
  • You would like to get real work experience including the opportunity to work as an intern at KMTV, the commercial television station for Kent


Entry Requirements

The year will be available to any University of Kent undergraduate students (Canterbury or Medway) who have completed Stage 2 or 3 of their degree in any subject other than Journalism or related joint honours degrees.

  • For entry between stage two and stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage one.
  • For entry after stage three: Applicants must have achieved at least an academic average of 50% in stage two.
  • Candidates will also be asked to complete an entry interview and test as part of the requirements of the course’s professional accreditation.



  • Reporting (The basic skills of identifying a story and writing accurately)
  • Practical Multimedia Journalism (Turning your story into professional television, radio and online journalism)
  • Essential Media Law (Defamation, Court Reporting, Intellectual Property etc.)
  • British Public Affairs (How Government works at Westminster, Holyrood, Stormont and Cardiff)


What we offer

  • Teaching by leading practitioners in print, broadcast and internet journalism
  • Professional accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
  • Excellent contacts with industry at local, national and international level
  • Input from visiting professional journalists and broadcasters
  • Modern IT and teaching facilities located amid the beauty of Chatham’s Historic Dockyards, co-located with KMTV – a professional television channel owned by the university and the KM Group.


Can I extend my visa to do the Year in Journalism?

International students wishing to add the Year in Journalism course will be approved on a case by case basis in accordance with UK immigration regulations and the University’s Tier 4 policy on Academic Progression and Change of Course. Students also need to be aware that they may need to return home overseas to apply for a new visa to add the year to their degree.


Journalism, University of Kent, Room G1-08 Gillingham Building,University of Kent at Medway, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4AG

Enquiries: +44 (0)1634 20 2913 or contact us

Last Updated: 08/03/2019