Department of Journalism Studies,
Faculty of Social Sciences
Determined, articulate, and fascinated by current affairs? Learn journalism in our Broadcast Zone, using industry-standard tech, then go into the city to film and record – and put your skills to the test on production newsdays, working with a team to hit tough deadlines for the bulletins you create.
We’ll prepare you for the multimedia environment by teaching you how to create audio and video for the web and how to use social media effectively.
Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council
- Researching News
- Broadcast News
- Law for Journalists
- Ethics and Regulation
- Power and Society
- Advanced Broadcast Journalism
- Dissertation/Portfolio (PGDip students don’t take this module)
- Dealing with Data: Statistics for Journalists
- Communicating with the Media
- Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
- Radio and NGO Communication in Conflict-Affected Areas
There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments.
You’re assessed on essays, examinations and practical broadcast journalism – producing news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios.
- MA - 1 year full-time
- Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months full-time
I did the Broadcast Journalism MA at Sheffield. The most valuable part of the course was the work experience. That gave me a real idea of what working in the industry would be like. When I did get a job, I felt like I was already up and running.
Over the years I’ve worked in local and regional radio and TV and was a presenter on the BBC News Channel for a few years before moving into network TV about 12 years ago. I currently present BBC Breakfast three days a week and host Football Focus every Saturday.
To take one of our MA courses you must have one of the following:
- A 2:1 honours degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential).
- An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent.
- Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
There are a number of bursaries for students on the journalism, magazine and broadcast courses, from the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund and others.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 2500
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.