Postgraduate

Media and Journalism MA

Media and Journalism MA

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

The Media and Journalism MA is designed for new graduates and experienced journalists. It is suitable if you are wanting to develop a career in journalism and related occupations or progress to a PhD.

The MA provides an international context suitable for students from across the globe. 

The course is flexible and you can tailor it towards professional practice or academic engagement with the field. You do not need a media background to join this course.

You will have the opportunity to learn alongside and collaborate with professional journalists.

We work with a range of organisations to support high-quality journalism. You will hear from and work with experts and innovators and explore advances in journalism. There will also be the opportunity to experiment and develop new ways to do journalism.

You will also work with internationally renowned academics in media, culture, and journalism studies.

You can take part in projects to expand your knowledge and skills, such as our Civic Journalism Lab collaboration with the BBC.

The course covers key areas of knowledge and professional practice which reflect the way journalists work today. However journalism’s role in society, how we do journalism, and careers in journalism is constantly transforming. This course is designed to be a ‘laboratory of inquiry’. It will prepare you to successfully negotiate these changes, as you progress through your career in journalism or the wider fields of professional communication - or to continue to doctoral study and a career in research and academia.

Structure

The one-year course is divided into three 12-week semesters, but you will have assignments to complete and submit during the intervening weeks.

In semester 1 we introduce you to professional and academic knowledge and skills and help you to think critically about the field of media and journalism and practice the skills you are acquiring.

In semester 2 you widen your experience, apply your skills and knowledge, often in real-world contexts, and begin to explore new approaches to journalism as practice. You will also critically engage with the field from an academic perspective.

In semester 3 you will undertake a research project in a topic of your choice under the supervision of an experienced researcher/ practitioner. Depending on the modules you take in semesters 1 and 2, you might also have the opportunity to undertake your research project as a film project, accompanied by a critical analysis as a written component.

We also have a series of challenging guest lectures, master classes and workshops from experts and innovators in journalism.

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The lecturers are all very approachable and you get helpful feedback on all your work.

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Careers

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Graduate destinations

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Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

MA

UK

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

EU

Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600

International

Full time: £16,200

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in:

  • the media
  • broadcast journalism
  • print journalism

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.

To pay your application fee and make an application please visit our WebStore.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.