Media, Journalism and Public Relations

Media, journalism and public relations  is a dynamic subject area and at Newcastle we can support you if you want to pursue academic research  or develop professional skills for a career in journalism (online, print, radio or TV) or public relations.


Our facilities are designed to support multimedia journalism training:

• computer-editing suite equipped to industry standards, including newspaper-editing software
• access to voice recorders, audio and video-editing software and a mobile studio
• the on-campus multimedia research facility Culture Lab, with specialist equipment for use in individual student projects

MA Programmes

We have a teaching partnership with the Press Association so that as well as being taught by academic experts, you can learn from media professionals with direct links to the industry.

• The MA in International Multimedia Journalism is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and combines university study with vocational training in a real-world commercial publishing environment.

• The MA in Media and Public Relations is also fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. 

The programmes will cover:
• current professional practice in media, journalism and public relations
• digital filmmaking, including the role of digital technology and online journalism
• critical analysis of the social, political, cultural and ethical dimensions of these industries

We also offer an MA Media and Journalism programme designed for students who want to build on skills gained at undergraduate level and journalists who want to engage in academic study. 

Depending on the programme you choose, your studies will be a mix of lectures, case-based workshops, interactive seminars, individual tutorials, group projects, field trips and practical work.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

PhD Study

We supervise PhD students in any of our interdisciplinary research themes.

These include:
• media and cultural theory
• cultural studies
• discourse studies
• sociology of the media
• gender, the body and culture
• feminist theory, media, journalism and popular culture
• intimacy, sexuality, masculinity, family, childhood and education
• affect and emotion
• globalisation, nationalism and ethnicity
• critical race studies
• hyperlocal journalism
• media ethics and public relations
• political communication

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

• We play a leading role in both University and regional research groups such as the Research Centre in Film and Digital Media, the Newcastle and Northumbria Critical Discourse Group, the Postcolonial Research Network, and the Gender Research Group.
• Our PhD students can use these networks and opportunities to meet other researchers and academics and gain experience of presenting their work.


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