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Minimum 2.1 or equivalent in a relevant academic subject (eg, politics, history, English, international relations) and demonstrable interest in and aptitude for journalism. Suitably qualified applicants will be invited for interview. In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path. These cases are assessed individually by the Head of Centre and/or the Director of Learning and Teaching and the Director of Research. Applicants should also hold an IELTS qualification with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.5 in reading, 6.5 in listening, 6.5 in speaking and 7.0 in writing.
What made you want to go into this area of study?
I was a journalist in Iran for almost six years but my BA degree is in English Literature. I always wanted to do a postgraduate degree in journalism to contribute to my career and open up better opportunities. I knew that in order to get jobs outside Iran, I needed to upgrade my education.
Why did you choose to study at Kent?
In 2017 when I applied for University of Kent, I had several admissions from other universities in the UK and other European universities but the interview I had with Head of Centre for Journalism, actually helped me make up my mind. On top of all, I received a bursary from CFJ and a scholarship from University of Kent which covered my entire tuition.
Which modules have you enjoyed the most, and why?
It may sound weird but my favourite modules were Media Law and Communication and Humanitarianism but these are not necessarily modules you need in an interview to get a job as a journalist! I got my job at the BBC relying majorly on the daily editorial conferences (TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY PEOPLE) and Reporting classes with Rob and Ron.
It goes without saying that teaching is intense, which means learning is intense. In less than 9 months we have to cover whole variety of topics, do assignments and write papers. I loved that all our lecturers used to be or currently are respectable journalists who have worked in senior positions before they got into teaching. At CFJ, it is not only about Academia, it is all sharing and exchanging experiences and learning on the job.
What are the facilities and support like in the Centre for Journalism and on campus generally?
I think CFJ students are probably the most spoilt students in Medway Campus. Although living in Medway may not be as fun as Canterbury, but Centre for Journalism refrains from NOTHING to make the experience enjoyable for students, whether it is a personal problem or educational.
I always use a Harry Potter reference to describe CFJ. Just like Hogwarts, help is always available for those who seek it. If you need academic advice, journalism tips, emotional support or simply home sick, you should just reach out and people are always there for you. I am not exaggerating when I say CFJ is like a family.
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