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About The Programme

The BA in Journalism programme has a practical emphasis; students are prepared to think critically about the profession and society. The curriculum includes coursework in media skills, mass communications, and general studies. General studies dominate the beginning of the studies as an overall basis for social-political orientation and for linguistic skills. Media practice becomes more dominant and merges with theory related studies in thesis/project work. Journalism students are responsible for all possible aspects of producing Tumaini Hill magazine, Tumaini Weekly and the Campus Eye newsletters, and more so producing radio and television programmes. Students also manage the Tumaini News blog for online publishing. During the third year of studies, each student specializes in one of the following areas:

  • Print Media
  • Electronic Media
  • Public Relations & Advertising

These take the form of practical work, projects, and/or thesis.



First Year

1st Semester

Information Technology I
Communication Skills I
Introduction to Mass Communication and Journalism
Library, Internet and Information Services
Foundations of Faith and Professional Ethics
News Reporting and Writing

2nd Semester

Cultural Anthropology
Development Studies
Media Ethics and Culture
Communication Skills II
Information Technology – Journalism

Second Year
1st Semester

Digital Media
Editing and Design
Radio Journalism
Photo Journalism
Research Methodology in Journalism
Political & Economic Geography of Africa South of the Sahara
English for Journalists

2nd Semester

Rural Development
Media Law
Television Journalism
Public Relations and Advertising
Mass Media and National Development
Newspaper Production, Distribution and (Media Institutions & Organizations)

Third Year

1st Semester

Media Internship
Internship Report Writing

2nd Semester

Principles of Teaching
Research Paper in Journalism
Survey of Economic Principles
Social Psychology
Sociology of Gender and Gender Issues
Feature Writing, News Analysis and Current Issues

Elective Courses

Advanced Photo Journalism
Advanced Newspaper Journalism
Advanced Radio Journalism
Advanced Television Journalism
Advanced Public Relations and Advertising


Applicants must meet the “General Admission Requirements, Parts 1 & 2” prior to the meeting the “Specific Admission Requirements” for the programme they wish to enter.

Specific Admission Requirements

The student’s entrance requirements are based on the following conditions and categories:

Category A: Direct Entry (Form VI graduates)

  • A certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with at least three credit passes obtained prior to sitting for the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination ACSEE); AND
  • An Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with at least two principle passes and a total of 4.5 or more points.

Category B: Equivalent Qualification (Diploma holders)

  • Earned a Diploma in Journalism from an accredited School of Journalism or related Institution and must have obtained three (3) credits or five (5) passes in CSEE.

Category C: Mature age examination

  • Earned a Certificate in Journalism from an Accredited College or University with a Pass with Distinction classification and must have three (3) credits and:
  • Have 25 years of age or older in the year of application
  • Have completed Form IV or equivalent at least five years prior to the year of application
  • Have attended extra – mural classes of residential courses and submit a letter of recommendation from the tutor, OR
  • Have attended a residential course at an Adult Education College and submit a letter of recommendation from the Principal
  • Pass the Tumaini University, Iringa University College Entrance Examination

Departimental Requirements

The department encourages all admitted candidates, if possible to come with their own still picture cameras, digital cameras, video cameras, sound recorders and laptops.