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

Course description

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.

Journalism student

Core modules

  • 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.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

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.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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:

Department of Journalism Studies

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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.