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Professional recognition

The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is the nationally recognised training body for professional journalists. Its qualifications are respected by employers throughout the UK. Our Journalism BA and Multimedia Journalism MA are both fully accredited by the NCTJ.

NCTJ accreditation: a hallmark of excellence

NCTJ accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in journalism training.

Our fully accredited programmes meet the NCTJ's rigorous requirements, enabling you to graduate with an NCTJ Diploma as well as a degree.

As a graduate of an NCTJ accredited course, you're just the kind of multi-skilled recruit that employers are looking for - a graduate who knows the fundamentals of journalism and can operate to professional standards.

Our graduates get great jobs and our record of employability is consistently one of the strongest in the UK - we're currently ranked 5th for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2021.

The NCTJ Diploma

The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is a professional qualification, awarded by the NCTJ.

It equips you with the knowledge and skills to find and tell stories accurately and to deadline. It also prepares you for work in a multimedia environment where digital and ‘traditional’ skills are fully integrated.

For more details visit the NCTJ website

Emma's Story

Emma Rae Woodhouse graduated from the BA in Journalism in July 2019. Like many of our students, Emma had landed a great job before her graduation ceremony – in her case as an Output Producer at Sky News.

Emma seated at a desk in a studio

NCTJ exam fees

The examinations which students must pass in order to complete the Diploma are set and marked by the NCTJ. There is a fee for each of these examinations. Students studying for the BA in Journalism must pay these exam fees in addition to their university fees. The current NCTJ fees payable by students studying for the BA in Journalism are set out below:

Qualification Fee
Essential Journalism £49.20
Essential Media Law & Regulation £49.20
E-Portfolio £49.20
Regulation test (IPSO) Regulation Exam (Ofcom) £12.60
Shorthand £15.90
Media Law Court Reporting £49.20
Public Affairs £49.20
Sports Journalism £49.20
Production Journalism £49.20
Videojournalism for Online £49.20
Radio Journalism £49.20
TV Journalism £49.20
Broadcast Journalism (double module) £98.40

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