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Professional journalism theory and practice: news-gathering, reporting, newswriting, sub-editing and ethics for a changing media landscape.

Study Journalism at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

NCTJ accredited Journalism course with a strong record of graduate employment in the news industry.


This programme provides comprehensive training in the skills needed to enter the journalism profession internationally and is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for print, online and broadcast journalism. It is also part of the Northern Ireland Media Academy. Past students have won top awards in Ireland and the UK and hold senior positions in news organisations. The course incorporates the NCTJ Diploma, which equips trainee journalists with the knowledge and skills for professional entry level journalism

Work placement / study abroad
A placement of up to 6 weeks in a newsroom.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

At least a 2.2 at degree level. Other professional experience will be considered .

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 . Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability



Semesters 1 and 2; attendance can be 9-5 at least 3 days a week. Semester 3 is spent on placement, and completion of the dissertation.

Careers or further progression

Career options
Print, online and broadcast journalism.

Professional recognition

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Further enquiries

Course Director: Maggie Swarbrick
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4277

Application procedure and enrolment:
Ms Wenli Xu
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3373
Email enquiries:

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

The course contains a considerable practice based element. Teaching and learning is delivered through live news exercises, as well as a portfolio of original work. Assessment is through practice based work, essays and examinations where appropriate

Application date

Application is directly to the University via an online system.

You should also submit an unpublished news article of 500 words that a newspaper in the area that you live (no matter where in the world) could publish. The article should be word-processed, using double line spacing. Applicants with published news stories or audio-visual pieces may submit two of these in addition to their unpublished article. This should be a photocopy clipping from the original publication or a copy on CD-ROM and be clearly labelled with title of publication, date and page number. The original article/material should not be submitted as we are unable to return supplementary materials. News stories should be emailed to Maggie Swarbrick ( Interviews are usually held in early May. The closing date is February 29th. Late applications may be accepted until March 31st.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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