MA/Postgraduate Diploma Broadcast Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Employers know our applied courses produce high-calibre multimedia journalists. We also teach two theoretical masters, backed by world-class research.

Our graduates work for major organisations including the BBC, Sky, The Guardian and The Times.

They are multi-skilled professionals, who practise the new journalism: ethical, digital and critical.

Our teaching staff includes professionals with a huge range of experience, from local newspapers to Fleet Street, radio and network television. You will also be taught by leading academics, experts on journalistic ethics and law.

Very few universities can offer such a strong all-round package. We'll teach you all the practical skills you need. And you'll learn the discipline it takes to write rigorous, responsible journalism.

About the course

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Want to write for radio and television news? We'll show you how to find your own stories and turn them into sharp and imaginative broadcast material.

You'll record and film material and edit it using a desktop software package.

You'll also learn media law and public administration, ethics and regulation.

And we'll prepare you for the multimedia environment by teaching you how to create audio and video for the web and how to use social media effectively.

There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments. You're assessed on essays, exams and practical broadcast journalism – news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios.

Masters students go on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

Our guest lecturers come from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes. Broadcast editors run radio and television newsdays.

Core modules

  • Researching News
  • Law for Journalists
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Power and Society
  • Broadcast News
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism Dissertation/Portfolio (MA students only; extends over summer period)

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Global Journalism
  • Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • Researching Social Media
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • News and Civil Society
  • Journalism Politics and Public Debate
  • Journalism in Britain


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group workshops
  • Individual and team assignments


  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Practical broadcast journalism – producing news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios

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Journalism student

I enjoy the freedom of going out and finding my own stories to develop. There's nothing better than having a free licence to go and search for a weird and wonderful piece to publish.

Jay Allan, postgraduate student in the Department of Journalism Studies

Key facts

Course duration

  • MA - 1 year full-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree, but we will consider mature students with relevant professional experience.

Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word processing skills are desirable.

When you apply for a course online, we may need  you to supply supplementary information with your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Studentships: there are a limited number of external bursaries for UK students on this course, from the AHRC, Scott Trust and Journalism Diversity Fund. See the department's web pages for details:

Department of Journalism Studies

About us

Our teaching staff are professionals who have worked at the highest level in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism. This is a great place to learn practical skills. Three quarters of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent.

The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, is part of all our courses.

We have strong links with the industry. We send our masters students on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

Guests from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes give lectures in the department. Broadcast editors run radio and television newsdays, and print and online production editors bring their expertise to newspaper, web and magazine exercises.

Real world learning environment

The University has invested £3million in a superb new home for the department in 2014, with four large newsrooms designed to simulate a real working environment. The print newsroom is equipped with 30 PCs, all of which have access to the latest print production software such as Adobe Indesign, Incopy and Photoshop. You'll also have access to a Press Association newsfeed, telephones, daily newspapers and Sky TV.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with industry-standard software for radio production. We have a state-of-the-art radio studio and digital audio recorders. You'll learn how to create packages and put together live news bulletins. We teach you how to shoot professional news pieces on HD TV cameras, and how to use Apple Final Cut X to cut rushes together. Students learn how to prepare text, audio and video content for publication online. You'll use audio recorders, video and stills cameras to gather content. In the web newsroom, you'll use audio, video and image editing software to create your own sites.

Your career

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone who thinks differently. Graduates from our applied courses are creative, disciplined journalists.

In television they're working for the BBC and Sky News; in radio for the BBC and independent radio stations around the country; in print for the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Sun; and in online journalism for the Guardian, Times, Mail, Telegraph, the BBC and Sky.

Work experience opportunities

We encourage you to go on a work placement of one to three weeks during vacation time. Employers regularly notify us as opportunities come up and we have a dedicated work placement administrator to help you find a placement that's right for you. Our students often find that a work placement leads to a job after graduation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
T: +44 (0)114 222 2500