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MA
PG Diploma

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

News reporting takes expertise in creating and publishing digital content alongside a solid grasp of traditional skills and knowledge. Take this degree and you’ll develop both – in our online newsrooms and out on the streets of the city, using your learning in web publishing, shorthand, video, page layout, media law and ethics to hunt down and write up stories to meet real-time deadlines with your team. Our alumni are intelligent and successful journalists who are excellent at both traditional newswriting and digital mobile journalism. 

In November 2017, MA Journalism at Sheffield was rated the UK’s top-performing postgraduate course by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists

Modules

Core modules

  • Researching News
  • Writing News
  • Law for Journalists
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Power and Society
  • Advanced Print Journalism
  • Dissertation/Portfolio (PGDip students don’t do this module)

Print students will also learn Teeline shorthand.

Optional modules

Examples include:

  • Dealing with Data: Statistics for Journalists
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Radio and NGO Communication in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • 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 journalism work – producing news stories, newspaper pages, web pages and portfolios.

You’ll also have the chance to sit external examinations set by the NCTJ.

Duration

  • MA: 1 year full-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 9 months full-time

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 score of 7.5 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.