Our new MA in Journalism is cutting edge course taught by award-winning journalists. Designed to deepen your analytical and journalistic skills, and also help you better acquire the new technologies required of journalists in a fast-changing multi-media environment, this intensive course is key in helping future journalists understand and report on news issues that shape the world today.
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Course Length||Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years|
|Entry||September 2014, January 2015|
|Attendance types||Full-time, Part-time|
|Full time cost||
UK and EU students: £7,650 per year
International students: £10,800 per year
|Part time cost||UK and EU students: £850 per 20 credit module|
Situated near London's media networks, the course places a strong emphasis on the practical aspects of journalism, developing students' ability to develop original ideas, research, produce, write and pitch them to the highest professional standards, using the university's multimedia facilities.
Students will gain an understanding of the market and of the different professional platforms - audio, visual, digital and social media, in addition to written - and how they can be combined. They will be offered the opportunity of work placements with the wide array of prestigious publications and websites with whom the university's BA programme, which achieves exceptionally high student satisfaction ratings, already has extensive contact.
The course will stimulate students' understanding of the complex legal and ethical challenges facing journalists today, enabling them to think theoretically as well as practically. It's led by award-winning columnist Anne Karpf, who writes for The Guardian and The Independent on Sunday. Other staff have distinguished records in foreign reporting, magazine journalism and broadcasting, with guest lectures from major reporters, editors and broadcasters.
Applicants are expected to have a good Honours degree or equivalent. If you have lower qualifications but substantial relevant work experience you are also encouraged to apply.
Students must submit, along with their application two contrasting 600-750-word samples of their writing. You should prepare these in advance and upload in the online application process.
Students will take four core modules:
And one optional module from these:
Finally, students produce a journalism project/dissertation, which can be a portfolio of themed articles, a radio or television documentary, or an academic dissertation
Most modules are assessed by a portfolio of writing or audio-visual work, accompanied by a critical commentary, although there will also be a timed exam on legal issues.
The course will equip students to embark on a career in journalism, or to return to one with advanced skills and enhanced understanding. They will also go on to other careers in media including digital and social media research, marketing, publishing, editing, public relations and advertising, and e-commerce.
If you wish to apply for a postgraduate degree course, please use the apply online button.
Please ensure you have all information available in advance: refer to the entry requirements for further details. Note, in particular, that you're required to upload the samples of your writing with the application.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.