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.
About the course
Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Learn to write stories that punch their weight with every word. You’ll start with pressurised workshops in our newsroom, then you'll be given your own patch. You'll report from courtrooms and from council meetings where local politicians are taking decisions about people's lives.
We'll also 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.
- Researching News
- Law for Journalists
- Ethics and Regulation
- Power and Society
- Writing News
- Advanced Print Journalism
- Journalism Portfolio/Dissertation (PGDip students don’t do this module).
- Print students will also learn Teeline shorthand
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 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.
- MA - 1 year full-time
- Postgraduate Diploma - 9 months full-time
A 2:1 degree, but we will consider mature students with relevant professional experience.
Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word processing skills are desirable.
When you apply for a course online, we may need you to you to supply supplementary information with your application.
English language requirements
Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Fees and funding
Studentships: there are a limited number of external bursaries for UK students on this course, from the AHRC, Scott Trust and Journalism Diversity Fund. See the department's web pages for details:
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.
If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.