Media and Journalism MA

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is designed for students who want to build on skills gained at undergraduate level and journalists who want to engage in academic study. The MA explores the theory and practices of journalism and the social, cultural, economic and political contexts in which the media works.

Drawing on cutting-edge research carried out by specialists in media, communication and cultural studies. You will develop:

• a critical understanding of media, culture and society
• knowledge to theorise and analyse media and journalism
• knowledge of media law and how it relates to journalism
• an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of different types of data dissemination
• an awareness of professional codes of practice from the National Union of Journalists 
• analytical and critical skills to conduct research in the field of media and journalism
• skills to produce news reports in a range of media forms
• skills to script, shoot and edit digital films

The programme will equip you with the skills to pursue further study at PhD level. Although an academic programme rather than a training course, the MA contains a substantial vocational element. You will benefit from the University’s teaching partnership with the Press Association, so that you can learn from media professionals with direct links to the industry.

You will also have access to a range of specialist facilities, including: voice recorders; audio and video-editing software; a computer-editing suite, which includes newspaper-editing software; and specialist equipment in the University’s Culture Lab.


The programme involves compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation which enables students to undertake independent research into a theme or issue relating to journalism.

Part-time students take 80 credits of compulsory modules in year one and 100 credits (40 credits optional modules and the 60 credits research dissertation) in year two.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in the media, broadcast or print journalism.

Applicants whose first language is not English should have a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-section), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based with a minimum of: 20 in listening; 21 in reading and writing; and 23 in speaking), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: This masters programme has a non-refundable £25 application fee which will need to be paid before your application is processed. To pay your application fee and to make a formal application please visit our payment page where further instruction is provided.

As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further programme information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5155

For further admission information please contact:
Postgraduate Admissions

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Media, Journalism and Public Relations 

Student profiles:

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I get very good support from my supervisor. I meet with her two to three times a week to talk about my progress. The University offers very good support and they have a lot of equipment which I can use to help me with my studying.

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