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Careers with a masters degree from Journalism Studies

Our taught postgraduate courses open doors in the media industries and beyond. Take Sheffield's mighty reputation in newsrooms across the UK and internationally. Add the professional accreditation for our practical MA courses. Then combine the work placement opportunities, and the insights and networking opportunities from our department Career Days. It's easy to see why our MA and MSc graduates do so brilliantly at work.

 

Recent employers and data

BBC News logoEmployers of our recent postgraduates include:

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Daily Mail
  • European Parliament
  • The Guardian
  • ITV News
  • International Labour Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal logoPeople's Daily (China)
  • Press Association
  • Sky Sports News
  • South China Morning Post
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Thomson Reuters

...and local and national TV, newspapers, radio and magazines, as well as universities, charities and PR agencies, and regional and national government, throughout the UK and all over the world

89%

of our postgraduates are in work or further study or 6 months after graduating

86%

of our postgraduates are in graduate level work or further study 6 months after graduating

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (UK) 2015-16

Graduate case studies

Click through to the profiles listed below to find out what Sheffield's journalism MA alumni have been doing at work.

Head and shoulders shot of Dan WalkerDan Walker

Now a senior BBC sports journalist and presenter, Dan is a graduate of our MA Broadcast Journalism degree. He presents BBC Football Focus and BBC Breakfast News as well as a weekly show on BBC World. The numerous sporting events he's covered include the Olympics, World Cups, European Championships, the Grand National, Six Nations, Wimbledon and the Open golf.

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Portrait of Sian BradleySian Bradley

A few months after completing her MA Magazine Journalism degree Sian was writing features that are read by more than half a million people. She's full of praise for the course and the career support which "really makes you feel like you can do anything after the course ends".

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Portrait of Tom HockingTom Hocking

Towards the end of his MA Magazine Journalism degree Tom took a work experience placement at the much-loved independent football magazine When Saturday Comes. Six and a half years later, he's still there...

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Olga CotagaOlga Cotaga

Her Sheffield journalism degree led to an internship with the BBC, and Olga is now reporting for the Wall Street Journal. "The pressure we were put under during the newsroom days is really paying off now when I have to write short stories for the wires," she says.

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Pulasta Dhar portraitPulasta Dhar

Known as one of the brightest emerging talents in Indian journalism, Pulasta has interviewed some of the sporting world's top talents. Before becoming well known as a columnist, feature writer and broadcaster, he prepared for his journalistic career with a masters degree at Sheffield. Pulasta says his time with us prepared him for anything.

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James Mahon reporting outside Google HQJames Mahon

James's career shows that Sheffield's reputation for producing world-class journalists extends to the USA. As well as his work across the Atlantic as a broadcaster, James has turned his hand to teaching journalism to students in the west of Scotland.

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Portrait of Yida MaYida Ma

After graduating with a masters in International Political Communication, Yida Ma joined the Oriental Morning Post newspaper in Shanghai and reported extensively on American news and politics, covering presidential campaigns, as well as the Beijing Olympics. Her degree offered a "perfect mix of theory and practice", says Yida, which was the ideal preparation for her career.

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Ben Cooper portraitBen Cooper

Ben completed his masters in 2011 and began a career in political communication, including a stint based at the European Parliament in Brussels. After returning to the UK he worked on two general election campaigns and is now a Senior Broadcast Journalist with the BBC.

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How we help

As a Sheffield journalism postgraduate your career skills are supported three times over: by the work we do here in the department, by exclusive schemes run by our Faculty of Social Sciences, and by the University as a whole.

Here in the Department of Journalism Studies our dedicated work placement officer can help you find meaningful employment experience with hand-picked organisations matched to your interests. Meanwhile our guest lectures and media Careers Days put you face to face with professionals from the media industries to give insights direct from the frontline and tips on what employers are looking for.

Schemes on offer from the faculty and University include:

  • The Postgraduate Advantage Scheme offers 100-hour internships with a £1,000 bursary: get paid for your work experience
  • Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences could place you at a major global summit, offering an international perspective on your journalism studies
  • Make it Count includes a series of careers events and an online resource bank specially for postgraduates

Visit our brilliant Careers Service for more about what's on offer and find out why Sheffield is the top university in the north of England for graduate employability.

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