Journalism MA

MA Journalism
Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 16 Months

2019/20 New Entrants, Full Time

  • Home and EU students: £8,820 per course
  • International students: £12,750 per course
Course start September
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Course outline

NCTJ accredited

This course is designed for those who want to fast-track into a career in Journalism. This is a highly vocational award and has full accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Staffordshire University enjoys strong links with the journalism industry and our teaching staff have many years experience of working in newspapers, online journalism, radio and television.

You will benefit from working with a team of top journalists and academics and learn how to self operate as a multi-media journalist. Our focus is on combining theory and practice within a lively and engaging atmosphere that replicates the real world of journalism. The emphasis is on independent study, developing a portfolio and pursuing career prospects. The award follows a programme of continuous assessment and requires students to undertake a fully assessed work placement.

Students are able to sit the NCTJ qualifications in Reporting, Law, Public Affairs, Video Journalism, Production, Portfolio and Shorthand while on course.
The latest industry-standard equipment is used and stories relating to events in the local community, national politics, international affairs, sports news and celebrity gossip are all covered.

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Entry requirements

We usually require a 2:1 minimum at BA level, but may be willing to interview those with a 2:2.

Mature students can be considered based on experience.

Overseas students need the equivalent of a 2:1 in the UK and a score of 7.5 in an IELTS test.


NCTJ Accredited

This course is accredited by the NCTJ. This means, that while you are studying your Journalism programme you are strongly advised to attain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism, which employers still view above all else as a mark of professional ability and competence. In short, they are essential to help you get your first break in a career in journalism.

Read more about the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism


Graduate destinations

Graduates are working in a range of organisations including: 

Wall Street Journal newspaper

Bloomberg TV

South Wales Argus newspaper

Burton Mail newspaper

North Wales Media Group, newspaper

Fenice Media in Birmingham

Dorset Evening Echo newspaper

Capacity Magazine, London

Ethical Hedonist Magazine, London

Cheltenham Racecourse, Press Office

The Sentinel newspaper

Copify, freelance copywriter

PR, Heart of England NHS

Great British Food Magazine (Deputy Editor)

Press officer, Staffordshire University

First Capital Connect (Media Relations Executive)

Meet the experts

You will be taught by top professionals with many years of experience in newspapers, online, radio and television broadcasting: 

  • Peter Brookes (Course Leader) has a career spanning 40 years in newspapers, radio and television. Peter was Managing Director of Manchester United TV for eight years and has held numerous senior editorial positions including News Editor at TVam, Central ITV and Meridian TV.
  • Pete Leydon is an award-winning hard news and sports print journalist who was also news editor on two evening newspapers in the North West. 
  • Sue Greenwood led the Hull Daily Mail’s e-media department and worked on newsdesks in Stoke and Bradford. She runs her own online user-generated publication. 
  • Professor Mick Temple specialises in political journalism. He has published extensively on British politics, the media and political theory, and writes and broadcasts on current affairs. 

Student experience

Molly Andruskevicius

“The course wasn’t just about getting the best grades, it was about giving you the right skills and experience needed to establish a career path. I got my first job before I’d finished my course and the lecturers bent over backwards to help me.

The lecturers have all worked in the industry themselves and so are always on hand to provide guidance and advice. The part of the course I most enjoyed was the mixture of hands-on and exam-based learning. Whilst being guided through all the NCTJ exams, we were also taught industry-standard practical skills.

I know I wouldn’t be in the job I am now without my masters degree from Staffordshire and would recommend it to anyone hoping to pursue a career in journalism or PR.”

Molly Andruskevicius

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