2019 start
MA PG Diploma

Broadcast Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ‘fake news’, media ethics and globalisation, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists, communications experts and media researchers.
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Course description

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.

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Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Modules

Core modules

  • 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)

Optional modules

  • Dealing with Data: Statistics for Journalists
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives

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
Image of Dan Walker, sports journalist, broadcaster and MA Broadcast Journalism graduate

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.

Dan Walker
Broadcaster and MA Broadcast Journalism graduate

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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.

Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Contact

journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+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.