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Course content

This course offers graduates from all disciplines the opportunity to gain the professional qualification they need to pursue a career in the news industry.

Course details

You develop skills in research and writing as well as engaging with contemporary debates around the news and media industries. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this programme incorporates the professional qualifications required to work as a newspaper journalist in the UK.Working with an academic team that includes professional journalists who have worked for some of the biggest news organisations in the world (BBC, Independent newspaper, News Corporation, Mirror Group Newspapers), it teams the National Council for the Training of Journalist pre-entry qualification with academic study examining the news and communications industries. The course is primarily taught in Teesside's purpose built newsrooms, working in live journalism environments. Students are offered the opportunity to specialise in web based, print, radio and television formats

Journalism Diversity Fund

The NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training. You can apply for a bursary if you are from a socially or ethnically diverse background but have no financial means to support yourself on an NCTJ-accredited course. You must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on our MA Journalism. Full eligibility criteria apply. Find out more.

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

What you study

You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites, as well as studying relevant aspects of law and public administration, and gaining competence in shorthand. You engage in reflective practice which will inform your future personal and professional development as a journalist. For your final degree project you undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. The dissertation is designed to give you the opportunity to pursue an aspect of a field of journalism and the news industries which you find particularly interesting, and to develop a more specialised understanding of it.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advanced Law and Regulation
  • Content Production
  • Final Project (Dissertation)
  • Journalism and Democracy
  • Professional Development in Communications
  • Researching Communications

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You approach the discipline of journalism from both a practical, professional perspective and a critical, analytical point of view. The programme develops reflective practitioners with sophisticated transferable skills, and the ability to take responsibility for their own future learning and development. You are therefore expected to read, research and produce media products, such as online stories, video and audio, in your own time. In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and a practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for our Tside website. You also get the opportunity to contribute to professional news publications and organisations through a work placement of your choice.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a portfolio of practical journalism across a range of media platforms, essay assignments and examinations.


A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries, as well as associated disciplines such as public relations and copy writing.

Graduates have forged successful careers in Sky, the local and national press and BBC Radio.

Visit the Journalism (MA) page on the Teesside University website for more details!




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