Applying for a masters degree course

All applications for taught postgraduate degrees use our online process – but you might need to include extra material, depending on your circumstances and which degree you want to study. Read on to find out more.

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Applications are now open for 2022 entry on the following courses:

  • MA Broadcast Journalism
  • MA Global Journalism
  • MA International Public and Political Communication
  • MA Journalism

The application

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. 

Please note, if your task is not submitted within four weeks of the application submissions, we may reject your application. 

Additional requirements

As part of your application, it is likely that you will have to take part in an interview. Details of the interview will be sent through to you in advance, including whether this will take place in person or online.   

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

MA Journalism

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. Please include this story with your application.

Please note, if your task is not submitted within four weeks of the application submissions, we may reject your application. 

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)

Please note, if your task is not submitted within four weeks of the application submissions, we may reject your application. 


Staged admissions

Applications for MA Global Journalism and MA International Public and Political Communication are be assessed using the University's staged admissions process. This involves a series of application and decision deadlines through the year. 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.

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