MA/Postgraduate Diploma Broadcast Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ethics and the globalisation of media, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists.

I enjoy the freedom of going out and finding my own stories to develop. There’s nothing better than having a free licence to go and search for a weird and wonderful piece to publish.

Jay Allan, postgraduate student in Department of Journalism Studies

About the course

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Learn how to write for radio and television news: how to find your own stories and turn them into sharp and imaginative broadcast material. You’ll record and film material and edit it using a desktop software package. You’ll also learn media law and public administration, ethics and regulation.

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.

Journalism student

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • Global Journalism
  • Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • Researching Social Media
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • News and Civil Society
  • Journalism Politics and Public Debate
  • Journalism in Britain

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree, but we’ll consider mature students with relevant professional experience. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word-processing skills are desirable.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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September 2018 start

Course description 2018

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

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.

Journalism postgraduate in studio

Core modules

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

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • The Principle of Publicity (I)
  • Journalism and Britain; Media, Society and International Crises
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Online Journalism Studies
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course 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 good undergraduate 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 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Dan Walker Sports journalist, broadcaster and MA Broadcast Journalism graduate

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.

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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: journalism@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)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.

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