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Journalism MA

Course Description

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. National newsrooms visit:
The course includes a three-day visit to London in January when students get the chance to visit the heart of the industry – the main newsrooms. We visit Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV News (formerly ITN), the Daily Telegraph and others. The trip is a huge opportunity for students to observe newsrooms in operation at close quarters and make valuable contacts. The cost is included in the course fees.


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.

Visit the 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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