MA
2021 start

Broadcast Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn how to hunt down stories, then record and edit your content for TV, radio and online. Sharpen up your skills in our Broadcast Zone, which simulates a real studio.
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Course description

Determined, articulate, and fascinated by current affairs and radio and television news? Learn journalism in our purpose-built Broadcast Zone, using industry-standard tech, then go out into the city to put your skills to the test.

We've invested heavily in audio and video facilities, so you'll be immersed in TV, radio and online techniques right from day one. Nurture your skills using our TV news studio and gallery, radio studios and production booths, and high-tech editing suite – all laden with the same industry-standard equipment and software used by the professionals. You'll learn how to record and edit material using our tech, and how to tell stories online. We'll show you mobile journalism techniques so you can create and publish digital content wherever you are, with some bespoke treatments for social media.

You’ll learn how to hunt down stories and develop your interview technique so you can ask the high-impact questions that matter. Our experts in media law, regulation and public administration will make sure your journalism is responsible and ethical as well as hard-hitting. On production newsdays, you'll work against the clock as part of a team that goes out into the city to find the news, shoot footage and create bulletins to meet tough deadlines back at the Broadcast Zone. It's demanding work – but that's how our students finish the degree newsroom-ready, as complete broadcast journalists.

This degree is professionally accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an important benchmark of quality recognised across the UK media industry.

Accreditation

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
  • Portfolio

Optional modules

  • 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

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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

Student profile

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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

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.

Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

Fees and funding

There are a number of bursaries and scholarships for students on the journalism, magazine and broadcast courses, from the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund, The Aziz Foundation Scholarship and others.

Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Apply

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

Apply now

Contact

journalism-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2500

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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