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.
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.
We have built in extra opportunities for you to gain experience by taking part in the following safe, collaborative, innovative and creative spaces:
Media and cultural studies research seminars: we host a series of seminars with nationally and internationally renowned academic guest speakers
Civic Journalism Lab: monthly workshops/ seminars with leaders, experts and innovators in journalism. These are usually held at the BBC Broadcasting Centre in Newcastle. These are open to BBC staff and other journalists, as well as our students.
Pop-Up Newsroom: A twice-yearly collaboration with student journalists in other countries to report on critical social issues using mobile and social media. Current participants are students in:
- Los Angeles (USA)
- Utrecht (Netherlands)
- Stuttgart (Germany)
- Chennai (India)
This project has featured as a case study in the MIT Civic Journalism Project and in a UNESCO publication on Global Citizenship in a Digital World.
Jesmond Local: a real-world hyper-local digital journalism hub serving an area of Newcastle near the University. Student journalists work with professional journalists on this ‘hyper-local’ news project. It began in 2011 as a safe space for our students to gain experience and became a creative boiler-house of ideas and innovations.
Radio Tyneside: the top Hospital Broadcasting Association station (2017) broadcasts on air and on cable to patients and their families in the major hospitals on Tyneside. Several of our students have gained invaluable experience as volunteers on the station, learning about all aspects of radio work (news, documentary and music).
Courier: a multiple-award-winning newspaper and digital news hub for Newcastle University students, established in 1948. Alumni who have written for the Courier, have gone on to achieve the highest ranks of the profession, including:
- Head of multi-award-winning current affairs programme World in Action
- Head of daytime TV for ITV
- CEO of ITV
- Daily Mirror football writer for the North East
- Producer on Sky Sports
NUTV: Newcastle Student Television has been reporting for more than a decade on the issues that concern Newcastle University students. It produces exciting and often thought-provoking creative content.
Newcastle Student Radio 106.7FM: the station run by Newcastle University students is on air 24/7. It features entertainment, music and information.
We adopt a student-centred policy in learning and teaching. You will complete a combination of compulsory and optional modules through:
- practical workshops
Depending on your module choice, you will study three or four modules per semester. You will work independently and collaboratively to:
- read widely
- take part in discussions
- develop topics for investigation with advice from tutors
- develop projects and presentations
- lead seminars
Module assessment is by coursework consisting of:
- oral presentations
The course runs from the start of September until the end of August the following year. We recommend that you arrange accommodation in Newcastle for the duration of the course.
You have access to a range of specialist facilities in Culture Lab, including:
- voice recorders
- audio and video-editing software
- a computer-editing suite which includes Adobe CS 6
New facilities, including mobile studio equipment and editing suites, are being developed for the teaching of multimedia journalism and film production.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- MCH8057 Media Analysis
- MCH8058 Methodologies: Researching Media, Culture and Society
- MCH8059 Media and Law
- MCH8069 Multi-Media and Journalism Principles and Practice
- MCH8299 Dissertation for MA Media and Journalism or
- MCH8004 Film Practice Project*
*You will have successfully completed modules MCH8002 and MCH8003 to take module MCH8004.
You will also take the following 10 credit module, which is assessed on a pass/fail basis:
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take a further 40 credits from the following:
- MCH8002 Film Production 1
- MCH8003 Film Production 2
- MCH8060 Strategies and Management in PR
- MCH8061 Professional Sub Editing
- MCH8065 Theoretical Approaches to PR
- MCH8163 News and Journalism
- MCH8164 Politics and International Relations for Journalists
- MCH8169 Digital Cultural Communication and the Cultural Sector
- MCH8177 Politics, Power and Communication
- MCH8178 Public Relations in Government and Politics
- MCH8028 Arts as Enterprise – Freelancing in Arts, Media and Culture 1
- MCH8029 Arts as Enterprise – Freelancing in Arts, Media and Culture 2
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.
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Fees & Funding
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.
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 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
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with 1 sub-skill at a minimum of 5.0 and 3 sub-skills at a minimum of 5.5, including writing)
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How to Apply
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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.
There is a non-refundable application fee of £50. You need to pay this before we can process your application.
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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.