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4075F - Media and Journalism MA

Media and Journalism MA

Start in: September 2021

This research-focused Media and Journalism MA develops your cultural understanding, and critical analysis. It introduces the content production skills needed for global media industries.


The Media and Journalism MA is designed for new graduates and experienced journalists. If you're planning a career in journalism and related occupations, or to progress to a PhD, this course is for you.

It provides an international context and is suitable for students from across the globe.

The course is flexible and you can tailor it towards professional media and journalism practice or academic engagement. You don't need a media background to join this course.

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

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

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

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


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What you'll learn

This journalism master's 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 are constantly transforming.

This course is designed to be a ‘laboratory of inquiry’. It prepares you to negotiate these changes, as you progress through your career in journalism, media or professional communication. It also prepares you for further doctoral study and a career in research and academia.

Semester 1 focuses on understanding of media in regional, national and global contexts. Through independent research, you develop theoretical, critical and methodological understanding of the field. You'll begin to consider your own areas of interest and expertise. You'll also apply this understanding to creative projects. This advances your skills in multimedia journalism production.

Semester 2 focuses on individuality and creativity. You'll choose the knowledge, research and journalistic skills you want to develop further. You'll work with a research supervisor to begin producing a dissertation. You'll select optional modules that complement this process and work holistically to advance your expertise.

In Semester 3, you're immersed in advanced research practice. Working with your research supervisor, you finalise your dissertation.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn


Your future

Further study

This Media and Journalism MA provides a route into PhD level study.


This journalism master's prepares you for a career in journalism and related occupations.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Throughout the journalism master's you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities in Culture Lab, including:

  • cameras
  • voice recorders
  • audio and video-editing software
  • a computer-editing suite which includes Adobe CS 6

We're developing new facilities, including mobile studio equipment and editing suites.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

Find out more about:

  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

How to apply

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Applications for 2022/23
You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021

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  • explore our beautiful campus
  • find out about our vibrant city
  • discover what students think about studying at Newcastle

You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the courses you're interested in.

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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

We also hold various online and virtual events.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Barbara Henderson
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 2493


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