Why study BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at BU?

  • Produce news broadcasts in our professional TV studios, design magazines, film TV news packages and interview members of the public as well as guests on live radio 
  • Take part in authentic news day activities in the community to reflect real industry practice and publish news and features across our student platforms 
  • Learn from experienced professionals and successful alumni. Previous speakers include Jon Snow (Channel 4), Jake Wallis Simons (Daily Mail Online), and Stephen Sackur (BBC HARDTalk) 
  • Take advantage of BU’s partnership with AFC Bournemouth to cover home games, attend pre-match conferences and conduct interviews at Vitality Stadium 
  • Make invaluable industry connections during a 30-week work placement with organisations such as national and regional media, the BCC and Sky Sports.  
  • Bournemouth University is ranked in the top 20 universities for Journalism in the Guardian University Guide 2023 and 90% of our graduates are employed or in further study within 15 months after finishing their studies. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree. If you apply to study the full degree and do not meet the academic entry requirements, our admissions team may consider your application for the Foundation Year and notify you accordingly.

Course accreditations

You’ll graduate with a degree accredited by three industry-recognised bodies – the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publisher’s Association.

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation is very prominent on the course and you'll study towards the Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism during your three years at BU. You'll have the opportunity to gain this important industry qualification and graduate with the Gold standard (A-C) or standard diploma. Gaining this important industry qualification will increase employability and ensure you are ready for a fast-paced newsroom. The tuition and first sit exam fees are included in university fees. 
  • The Broadcasting Journalism Training Council (BJTC) only accredits courses that offer the highest professional standards of journalism training in the UK. The industry respected accreditation will boost employability and ensure you leave with the skills that the broadcast industry requires. 

  • The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) is the main publishing industry body which promotes companies involved in the production of media, supporting the creative economy at governmental level in the United Kingdom.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a 30-week placement. Foundation year: 4 years full-time with a 4-week placement or 5 years full-time with a 30-week placement


Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), The Professional Publishers Association (PPA)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

September 2024 and September 2025 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Foundation year: 48-72 UCAS tariff points. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

September 2024 and September 2025 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.