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Applying for a masters degree course

You must apply online for all our masters degrees.

Online application form

There are no specific deadlines for receipt of applications, but we recommend you apply early as courses fill up quickly.

When you apply online, you may upload the supplementary information such as course transcripts, language certificates (if your first language is not English), references, writing samples or voice recording, as appropriate. If you do not include these initially, we will need to ask you to do so later, which may incur a considerable delay to the processing of your application.

If you apply for MA Journalism, Broadcast Journalism or Magazine Journalism and you're based in the UK or Ireland, we will usually ask you to come for an interview. If you live elsewhere we will not normally interview you here in the department but may contact you for a telephone interview.

These three courses have additional requirements for applications, as detailed below.

MA Journalism

Please interview someone you know and write a news story based on that discussion. The story should be between 300-400 words and should have a news angle that a reader would find interesting and engaging. You should use the style and structure you would find in the local newspaper or website from where you live. Include this story with your application.

MA Magazine Journalism

Write a short feature article of approximately 800 words about someone in your life who has inspired you. Include details of why this person is so inspirational and how they have helped and supported you over the years. Include quotes and/or dialogue from important conversations between the two of you and detail any anecdotes or moments when their actions, advice or support have been pivotal in your life. This feature should be suitable to publish in a regular women's weekly magazine section entitled 'You're Great, You Are'.

MA Broadcast Journalism

Please download the news bulletin script below. Read the script, record a bulletin, and include this recording with your application as an mp3 or wav file.

Download the script (PDF, 178KB)

Staged admissions

Starting with applications for the 2020-21 academic year, applications for MA Global Journalism and MA International Public and Political Communication will be assessed using the University's staged admissions process. This involves a series of application and decision deadlines through the year.

Stage For applications received by: We aim to return decisions by:
A 14 October 2019 28 October 2019
B 30 November 2019 14 December 2019
C 14 January 2020 28 January 2020
D 29 February 2020 14 March 2020
E 14 April 2020 28 April 2020
F 31 May 2020 14 June 2020
G 14 July 2020 28 July 2020

In some cases, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we may need more time to assess your application. If this is the case, we will assess your application in the next stage. We will let you know if we intend to do this.

Study places are offered subject to availability. Given the popularity of these courses, places may not be available if you apply later in the cycle.

If we offer you a place, we will ask you to accept the offer and pay a tuition fee deposit (relevant International students only). If you do not accept the offer and pay the deposit within four weeks of the date of the offer letter, we may withdraw our offer.

More about staged admissions

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please check our English language requirements before you apply. The online application system allows you to attach files. Please use this feature to send us your IELTS or other English language certificate together with your application.