Careers with a masters degree in Journalism

Our taught postgraduate courses open doors in the media industries and beyond.

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It’s easy to see why our graduates do so brilliantly in their careers. Here at Sheffield, every student has the opportunity to learn from visiting professionals, through guest lectures and weekly masterclasses. We provide students with insight, work placement and networking opportunities. These opportunities, paired with Sheffield's mighty reputation in newsrooms across the UK and internationally and the professional accreditation for our practical MA courses, means our students leave Sheffield equipped to thrive in the workplace.

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Recent employers and data

Employers of our recent postgraduates include:

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

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

  • 91.7% of our postgraduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating (100% for UK and EU students)

  • 88.1% of our postgraduates are in graduate-level work or further study 6 months after graduating (97.8% for UK and EU students)

Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (UK) 2016-17


Graduate case studies


How we help

As a Sheffield journalism postgraduate your career skills are supported three times over: by the work we do 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.

University Careers Service 

Weekly online events

Attend an online event when it suits you, all year round, as an alternative to an open day.

Every Wednesday, Sheffield Live sessions cover different aspects of University life. You can also meet your department and learn more about studying your subject.