MA/Postgraduate Diploma 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

2018 entry

Course description

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists

A career in news reporting needs 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 agile, intelligent and successful journalists who are excellent at both traditional newswriting and digital mobile journalism.

MA Journalism student at deskCore 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.

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • Communicating with the Media
  • Journalism and Britain
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • 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 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.

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 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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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:

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.