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Broadcast Journalism MA

Course Description

This course is highly vocational and our students often progress into industry jobs before graduating. The course has full accreditation from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and students are also able to take the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) core exams.

You will work with a team of top journalists and academics. Two of your main tutors have a vast amount of experience in television and radio, having been in charge of news and sports departments at regional and national level.

You will learn how to self-shoot and edit a TV package, how to present on television and radio and how to operate as a multimedia journalist. You will also be taught how to write news pieces and then present them on TV, radio and online; how to report, how to interview, how to use a TV camera and how to produce and direct in a studio.

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. Recent graduates work at Sky, MTV, BBC, ITV and on BBC local and commercial radio.

Course content

Through comprehensive core modules, we provide the opportunity to tailor your award to your specific career goals.

You will study:
-Broadcast Journalism: Theory and Practice
-Government, Politics and Journalism
-Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues
-Specialist Broadcast Journalism
-Journalism Studies
-Research Project


This award is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, an organisation part-funded by the broadcast industry to maintain standards of delivery of broadcast journalism training at accredited centres in the UK, including Staffordshire University.

In addition all students are able to sit National Council for the Training of Journalists pre-entry exams. The NCTJ, the awarding body, is regulated by Ofqual, and offers professional pre-entry qualifications recognised by the industry for those seeking a career in journalism.

Past NCTJ papers are used in class exercises to give students appropriate material relevant to newsroom practice and as preparation for NCTJ examination content and format.

Shorthand is taught through workshops delivered by an experienced specialist shorthand tutor who takes the students from scratch, by exposition, example and class practices, up to, potentially, the ability to pass the NCTJ 100 words per minute.

Visit the Broadcast Journalism MA page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

MA Journalism Fee Waiver Internships - 3 Awards

The Faculty of Arts, Media and Design at Staffordshire University wants to promote the wide range of events and newsworthy stories that occur throughout each year. We are aware that we don’t shout enough about the achievements of our students and staff. When we achieve success we know we should be highlighting this to a regional and national – and potentially international - audience. We are aiming to demonstrate that Arts, Media and Design actively contributes to Staffordshire University being a top class and forward looking HE institution.To help us to promote and celebrate our success, the Faculty of Arts, Media and Design is offering two fee-waiver internships for students who are studying on any of our 3 full-time MA journalism awards commencing in September. We want to recruit 3 MA students who will work with us for a year to promote the faculty. In return for a 100% tuition fee waiver, [worth £3960] the 2 successful students will work for us for the equivalent of one day a week throughout their course sourcing, researching , developing and promoting a wide range of news stories. They will publish these to the news pages on the University website, develop them into press releases and work to engage a broad range of regional and national media outlets to be interested in our work and achievements. We are aiming to recruit two different types of applicant who can compliment each others’ skills – therefore we are looking for one student who has a print / online background and another from a broadcast background who can develop video content for the web and promotional media.
The successful applicants will work closely with the Faculty Director for recruitment and marketing and also the Faculty electronic resources team who develop the Faculty content for the University website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee Waiver equivalent to Home / EU fees - £3960


Internships for eptember 2011 will be published here shortly.

Application Procedure

To be confirmed.

Further Information



International Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


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 8.0 in an IELTS test.

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