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Journalism

MA

Guaranteed work placement

120 hours of work placement to boost your employability

Industry visits

Visits to London newsrooms (Sky Sports, ITV News and more)

Industry-standard facilities

Use our fully kitted-out newsroom

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
Duration:
13 Months
Start date:
14 September 2020
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Take the fast track to a career in journalism with our highly vocational MA. Our News Days and work placement opportunities will give you the skills necessary to launch your journalism career.

On our Journalism MA, you’ll work with a team of top industry professionals and academics, and learn how to self-operate as a multi-media journalist. Our focus is on combining theory and practice in a lively and engaging atmosphere that replicates the real world of journalism.

Our teaching staff have many years’ experience of working in newspapers, online journalism, radio and television. You’ll have access to industry-standard equipment throughout your studies.

You’ll undertake a fully assessed work placement and have an opportunity to visit several leading London newsrooms, including Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV News and The Daily Telegraph, which is included in the course fees.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Journalism

Course content

Our Journalism MA covers a variety of modules that aim to give you the skills to thrive in the competitive world of journalism. You will study core modules that will give you an in-depth background of the industry, such as Government, Politics and Journalism, Journalism Studies, and Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues.

While giving you an advanced background knowledge in journalism, we will work to ready you for specialist careers after graduation. Our Production Journalism and News Writing modules will focus on developing your sub-editing and writing skills. If you’re looking to go on to work in a broadcasting environment, our Introduction to Broadcast Journalism and Convergent Newsdays modules will give you the technical knowledge you need to dive straight into high-end corporations.

More importantly, during your course you will undertake 120 hours of work placement, assessed via a professional portfolio. You will need to use basic reporting skills of researching, writing, presentation and digital editing to gather information, and assemble and produce stories for broadcast according to a brief given by your news editor or supervisor. Once complete, this portfolio, alongside the valuable experience you will gain during teaching hours, will prepare you for a career as a professional journalist.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

You’ll usually need a minimum 2:1 BA honours degree, but candidates with a 2:2 may be invited to interview.

Mature students can be considered based on experience.

If your first language is not English, you’ll need the equivalent of a 2:1 degree in the UK and an IELTS score of at least 7.5.

Facilities

Careers

After completing the Journalism MA, you will be equipped to take senior job roles in journalism, such as:

  • Content Marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Press Officer
  • Social Media Officer/Manager
  • Print Journalist
  • Publishing Editor
  • Sub-editor

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem- based learning to help you apply your skills.For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently
  • Be required to undertake 120 hours of work placement

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,085 per course
International (Non-EU)
£14,500 per course

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Alumni discount

If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

Our students

Molly Andruskevicius
MA Journalism

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. 

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.

 

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MA
Full-time
14 September 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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