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BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

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If you’d like to work in the fast-paced world of journalism then this is the course for you – designed to equip you with all the skills needed to work in a multi-disciplinary media environment, including TV, radio, print and online journalism. 

It’s also backed and accredited by three industry-recognised bodies in the shape of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and the Publishers Association (PA). In fact, we were the first institution in the UK to have our journalism courses accredited by all of these organisations – demonstrating the proven track record BU has for quality teaching and the relevance of our course content in this competitive sector.

Throughout your degree, you’ll learn the essential theoretical framework and hone your practical skills by producing copy, bulletins and broadcast packages in newsrooms and digital studios, which replicate professional working environments. This includes being taught the importance of originality and being introduced to innovative storytelling techniques.

To put your new skills into practice, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete either two short placements or a 30-week placement in industry – making professional contacts and gaining insight into how the sector operates. 

For budding sports journalists, Bournemouth University’s partnership with A.F.C. Bournemouth provides opportunities to cover premier league football matches. BU students attend all the club’s pre-match press conferences and all the home games played at Vitality Stadium. They also conduct post-match interviews. Find out how this fantastic opportunity helped BU graduate, Jasper Taylor, winner of the young broadcaster category at the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.

In addition, as an NCTJ-accredited course, you’ll sit the NCTJ qualifications in:

  • Reporting
  • Essential Law
  • Court Reporting
  • Public Affairs
  • Production
  • Portfolio 
  • Shorthand.

Students who take all the exams will graduate with an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and the students who achieve A–C and 100 words per minute in shorthand will graduate with a Gold Standard NCTJ Diploma. This widely recognised professional qualification can radically enhance your credibility and employability as a practising journalist. 

In 2018, our students scooped prizes at both the NCTJ and BJTC Awards, showing the high calibre of work our students are producing - choosing this course could see you follow in their footsteps.

The latest National Student Survey figures show 96% of our final year students felt the course had challenged them to achieve their best work and 89% agreed they were satisfied with their overall course experience, highly rating the teaching, resources and learning opportunities. Why not visit us or join us on live chat now to find out more?

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years including a 6 week placement, or 4 years including a minimum 30-week placement, full-time


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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 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.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 543kb)


At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Gaining practical experience as a journalism student is vital, so the placement element of the course is mandatory. You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study, this is a 6-week compulsory placement if you choose to study for 3 years or a minimum 30-week placement if you choose to study for 4 years, 2 weeks of which must be in broadcast.

You could even choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Work well within a team as well as individually
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills
  • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.

How to apply

Entry requirements


The 24-hour news cycle has changed the way that journalists work and report. This course prepares you for a job in this field, where you're expected to work across a range of channels and using a variety of mediums.

Our graduates have gone on to work for the likes of Sky News, CNN, the BBC, Capital Radio and Bloomberg, among many others.

90% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Student media

We have various student publications and stations which give you the opportuity to showcase your work and gain real-life experience in various areas of journalism.  

Student awards

Your achievements on your course could extend beyond graduating and gaining all-important work experience and industry-recognised qualifications.

In the past year, BU students scooped prizes at both the NCTJ and BJTC Awards, reflecting the high calibre of their work. Choosing this course could see you follow in their footsteps.

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What our students say

Laura McKenna

We brought live election updates throughout the night. Our coverage was unique, it had a different edge to it, was student focused and gave a younger edge.

Hear from our staff

Dr Andrew Bissell

As market leader in journalism education, our course is delivered by esteemed journalists and ground-breaking academics. Our multi-skilled graduates work in every sector of the media industry.

What our graduates think

Jason Lewis

The skills I developed during my course allowed me to confidently step straight into industry and achieve success in a newsroom. The range of abilities I obtained by the end of my degree are called upon on a daily basis in my work environment.