MA
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Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Learn how to find and publish your own stories and graduate with the essential skills and knowledge to become a top-class multimedia reporter.
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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 during our production newsdays, when you'll work with a team to publish your stories on a real, public-facing news website and social media channel.

You'll use your learning in newswriting, web publishing, shorthand, video, 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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Accreditation

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 Journalism
  • Dissertation/Portfolio

You'll 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

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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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 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

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

Our course fee does not include the charge for sitting external exams administered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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

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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

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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