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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Many high-performing students from China have applied for this postgraduate course. We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We are suspending applications from mainland China to this course.
This will be with effect from 23.59 GMT 4 January 2021. All applications received before this deadline will be considered.
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.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
- Researching Media, Journalism and Communications
- Multimedia Journalism 1: Newsgathering, Production and Dissemination
- Multimedia Journalism 2: Global Innovation
- Media Analysis
- Dissertation for MA Media and Journalism
You select one 20-credit option from the following:
- Journalism and Celebrity
- International Media and Law (Semester 2)
- Feminist Media Studies: Gender and Intersectionality
- Cultures of Data Visualization
- News and Journalism
- Digital Communication for Cultural Institutions and Organisations
- Digital Power, Politics and Communication
You also select one 20-credit option from the following:
- Freelancing in Media and Communications
- Professional Subediting and Design
- Digital Mobile Photojournalism (Sem 2)
How you'll learn
The one-year course is divided into three semesters. You'll have assignments to complete and submit during the intervening weeks.
We also have a series of challenging guest lectures, master classes and workshops from experts and innovators in journalism.
We adopt a student-centred policy in learning and teaching. You'll 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'll 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
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Design or creative project
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
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.
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Throughout the journalism master's you'll 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
We're developing new facilities, including mobile studio equipment and editing suites.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
- living costs
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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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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