MA Broadcast Journalism/course leader Lynn Dixon with a student in the radio booth

Take Broadcast Journalism MA and become a master of writing, recording, filming and editing news pieces for radio, television and online. Learn how to find the stories and ask interviewees the questions that matter. Put your skills to the test on our award-winning newsdays.

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Overview

Image: 'on air' lightBroadcast Journalism MA/Postgraduate Diploma

Join our Broadcast MA and you'll learn journalism by doing journalism. Our outstanding teaching staff will show you how to hunt down stories on your own. They'll develop your interview technique, so you can ask the high-impact questions that matter. Our experts in media law, regulation and public administration will make sure your journalism is responsible and ethical as well as hard-hitting.

We've invested heavily in audio and video facilities, creating a purpose-built Broadcast Zone right here in the department. Our knowledge of the media industry means you'll be immersed in TV, radio and online techniques right from day one.

We'll nurture your skills using our TV news studio and gallery, radio studios and production booths, and high-tech editing suite – all laden with the same industry-standard equipment and software used by the professionals. You'll learn how to record and edit material using our tech, and how to tell stories online. We'll show you mobile journalism techniques, so you can create and publish digital content wherever you are and we’ll train you to think across all platforms, creating some bespoke treatments for social media.

Then, on production newsdays, you'll work against the clock as part of a team that goes out into the city to find the news, shoot footage and create bulletins to meet tough deadlines back at the Broadcast Zone. It's demanding work – but that's how our students finish the degree newsroom-ready, as complete broadcast journalists.

This degree is professionally accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an important benchmark of quality recognised across the UK media industry.

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Teaching

There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments.

Assessment

You’re assessed on essays, examinations and practical broadcast journalism – producing news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios.

Duration

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

Our campus and how we use it

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Your degree may involve travelling off campus, around or beyond Sheffield, to find and report local news for practical skills assessments.

Modules

The course comprises seven core modules and one optional module. For completing each module successfully, you gain 15 credits (except for Advanced Broadcast Journalism, which is worth 30 credits, and your dissertation/portfolio, which is worth 60 credits). To be awarded the MA degree you must gain a total of 180 credits.

You may choose to omit the dissertation, in which case 120 credits will secure a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) rather than a masters degree.

Core modules

Students must take all seven of these modules.

Semester 2

Optional modules

Students choose one from the following modules.

Course leader

Lynn DixonThe course leader on Broadcast Journalism MA is Lynn Dixon (pictured).

Lynn Dixon is a former senior broadcast journalist and presenter for BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat. She was a News Editor for Bauer radio and has been a reporter in BBC local radio. Lynn has also worked on a variety of TV news programmes for the BBC and ITV. She continues to produce voiceovers and commercial podcast features.

Lynn graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art and earned a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University.

Follow or say hi to Lynn on Twitter at @dixonlynn1 and view her staff profile for more information.

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Career opportunities

Head and shoulders shot of Dan WalkerMA Broadcast Journalism is for students who are determined, articulate, fascinated by news and current affairs, and at ease in front of a camera and mic.

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). Sheffield's reputation combined with the prestige of BJTC accreditation means your degree will have extra clout in the jobs market.

On this course you'll undertake a substantial work experience placement. This is a chance to give a real test to the skills and knowledge you'll be developing back here in the department. The Department of Journalism Studies has a dedicated work placement co-ordinator whose job it is to match you up with a good employer suited to your areas of interest. Check out #jusplacement to see what our students are saying about their current work experience posts.

Our most recent survey data from MA Broadcast Journalism graduates shows:

  • 92.3% positive outcomes (the proportion of graduates who were available for employment and had secured employment or further study)
  • 92.3% graduate prospects (the proportion of graduates who were available for employment and had secured graduate-level employment or graduate-level further study)

Graduates from recent cohorts work for BBC Newsnight and Radio 1, Wall Street Journal, ITN/Channel 4 News, The Guardian, and media in India, China and the USA. One of the first people to take the degree was the current BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker (pictured). See what Dan and other alumni say in our career case studies section.

Applying and
entry requirements

To apply for MA Broadcast Journalism you'll need one of the following:

  • a 2:1 honours degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential); OR
  • an alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent; OR
  • substantial previous work experience in a media-related role

Entry requirements for international students

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If English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught in English, you'll need to demonstrate your aptitude in the language. Our requirement is for an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or the equivalent scores in another qualification.

If you have not yet obtained an English language qualification, you can still apply. We may give you a conditional offer based on you obtaining the English qualification later. You can do this by taking a course at the University's English Language Teaching Centre.

Pathway programmes

Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.

Pre-Masters

 

Ready to apply?

Use the University's online application form to apply for your place.

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Please download this news bulletin script, record yourself reading it, and include the recording with your application as an mp3 or wav file.

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

The online application form allows you to upload files. Please use this to send us your news bulletin recording and any other information such as course transcripts, language certificates (if your first language is not English) or references. If you do not include these initially, we will ask you to do so later, which may delay the processing of your application.

If 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 or online interview.

Fees and funding

Use the University's postgraduate fees calculator to find the current tuition fee for this course. Please note that fees do not include the cost of external exams administered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, should you wish to sit these.

Postgraduate student loans are available for UK and EU students to a current value of £10,280.

Several scholarship funding awards are also available to Broadcast Journalism students. These include the following.

  • Dan Walker Journalism Scholarships offer £10,000 in funding and personal mentoring from the BBC presenter and Sheffield journalism alumnus. More info
  • The Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship is also worth £10,000 and open to high-achieving students and those from groups that are underrepresented in higher education. More info
  • Sheffield scholarships for international students are designed to support talented applicants from all over the world. More info
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) scholarships are available for students from the UK, China and Hong Kong, with funding, mentoring and free access to BAFTA events. More info: UK | China and Hong Kong
  • The George Viner Memorial Fund exists specifically to help broaden the ethnic diversity of journalists working in the UK and Ireland. More info

Please see the Department of Journalism Studies' taught postgraduate funding page for more general details on the above, including an overview of deadlines.

Other sources of funding may be available – please see the University's postgraduate funding pages to investigate.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. This is in response to discoveries made through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. We update these web pages to reflect any changes to course content as soon as we can. If any information conflicts between these web pages and a printed brochure or prospectus, please take the information here as correct. Sometimes changes may need to be made to modules, courses, entry requirements and fees between your application and the start of your course. When these are significant in nature, we'll let you know as quickly as we can. All modules other than core modules are subject to limits on their availability, which include (but may not be limited to) class sizes and timetabling constraints.

Contact us

Postgraduate Admissions
Department of Journalism Studies
University of Sheffield
9 Mappin Street
Sheffield S1 4DT

Tel: +44 114 222 2500
Email: journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk