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This NCTJ accredited course has been designed to be a springboard to a challenging and rewarding career in journalism.

During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive, thoughtful and successful journalist.

As well as a general professional grounding in journalism, you will also be able to specialise in your second semester in news journalism, broadcast journalism or sports journalism, depending on which pathway you choose in your second semester.

A nine month Postgraduate Diploma is also offered on this programme.

Upon graduation, you will be awarded a PgDip or MA degree and will have had the opportunity to achieve the NCTJ Diploma (seperate fees apply) - all are important qualifications to help launch your career in the UK media industry. 

You will:

  • study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV.
  • learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake placements in the industry.
  • have the opportunity to earn the Diploma qualification from the National Council for Training of Journalists.

Course Details

This is a highly intensive course with a focus on UK professional practice and only for you if you are fully committed to becoming a working journalist. You will study modules closely aligned with the NCTJ Diploma syllabus, so that, in addition to achieving an MA/PGDip, you are able to pass the required NCTJ components such as Essential Media Law and Essential Journalism.

Course Structure

During trimester one, you will study the basic skills of news writing and digital storytelling (including producing simple video content). You will also study media law and ethical practice.

In trimester two you will specialise by taking one of the three pathways - news, broadcast or sports journalism. You will be able to gain the NCTJ Diploma irrespective of the pathway you choose. During this trimester you will be required to complete industry placements.

Throughout trimesters one and two there is regular shorthand tuition - a traditional skill still valued by the modern news industry, including broadcast organisations. You will be expected to achieve a shorthand speed of 100 words per minute.

Once you pass the Postgraduate Diploma at the end of trimester two, you are eligible to study the optional MA Major Project in trimester three (summer) to be submitted in mid-September.

Work placements are arranged during trimester one and trimester two.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.


Thanks to our strong links with the BBC, many of our graduates are now employed by the British public service broadcaster, working for news and sports output across radio, TV and online. Several of our students have secured the very competitive BBC news traineeships in recent years.

Others have gone on to get positions with regional newspapers and news agencies, while some have entered public relations, where companies value the core journalistic qualification offered by the course.

Visit the Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport - MA/PGDip page on the University of Salford website for more details!





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