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Journalism - MA

Course Description

Our MA Journalism course is one of a suite of journalism postgraduate courses designed to offer students the chance to learn multimedia journalism skills.

Graduates from our courses work for organisations such as national and regional newspapers, websites, magazines and broadcasters.

The MA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). UCLan has been teaching journalism for more than 50 years. Our alumni give us an unrivalled network of contacts who not only return to the university to give guest lectures and master classes, but also inform our courses through their professional expertise and advice.

All practical journalism tutors have worked in journalism for organisations such as the BBC, ITV, national and regional newspapers and magazines.


The MA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). At the end of the course, students have the opportunity to take the NCTJ’s diploma exams. Some students will qualify for the NCTJ’s diversity fund which could help to pay your course and NCTJ exam fees.


Students begin the course by learning the core reporting and technical skills needed to operate as a journalist. Students will also learn the essentials of law as it impacts on journalists and study and debate the ethics of journalism and learn about the workings of central and local government.

The course is very hands-on and students will learn in a realistic newsroom environment. Students also undertake an industry placement, so that they have every opportunity to emerge at the end of the course with excellent contacts as well as a track record of achievement.

Students will also appreciate the ethical, legal and commercial considerations they will need to consider in order to function as accurate and responsible journalists and understand the organisation and function of local and central government.

In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together.

All teaching will take place over three intensive days. There is also a part time route available which will allow students to split the programme over two or three years.

Shorthand is offered as an additional 10th module. It is a requirement of the NCTJ’s programme of study that students study Teeline shorthand and a speed of 100 wpm is required for the NCTJ’s diploma.

Visit the Journalism - MA page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have an upper second or above classification for an honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with a lower second will be considered if they can demonstrate a commitment to journalism. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications are also considered, if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience. Applicants may be required to complete a written/oral admissions test.

Last Updated

02 March 2017

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