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About the course

Learn how to hunt down stories, then record and edit your content for TV, radio and online. Sharpen up your skills in our Broadcast Zone, which simulates a real studio.

Course description

Determined, articulate, and fascinated by current affairs and radio and television news? Learn journalism in our purpose-built Broadcast Zone, using industry-standard tech, then go out into the city to put your skills to the test.

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Entry Requirements

You must have one of the following:

A 2:1 honours degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential).
An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent.
Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.

English language requirements:
Overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Please see our University website for fees and funding information.

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Student Profile(s)

Dan Walker - Sports journalist, broadcaster and MA Broadcast Journalism graduate

I did the Broadcast Journalism MA at Sheffield. The most valuable part of the course was the work experience. That gave me a real idea of what working in the industry would be like. When I did get a job, I felt like I was already up and running.

Over the years I’ve worked in local and regional radio and TV and was a presenter on the BBC News Channel for a few years before moving into network TV about 12 years ago. I currently present BBC Breakfast three days a week and host Football Focus every Saturday.

Subhajit Banerjee

I currently work for the Prime Minister's Office & Cabinet Office digital communications as Head of Content and Innovation, and run the team that manages social channels such as @10DowningStreet.

I am based in 10 Downing Street itself (yes, behind that famous black door!) and find the role very interesting and challenging, although the pressure can be intense.

Prior to moving into comms as a civil servant and since finishing my MA in Broadcast Journalism, I worked in several prominent media companies in a variety of roles including The Guardian (first-ever Mobile Editor), Conde Nast (product manager) and the Telegraph.

I think I learnt the most at The Guardian, where I spent five years, getting to work on projects that were key to The Guardian's future such as shifting the company's focus from desktop to mobile and also really fun ones like wearables and virtual reality.

When I joined the MA programme, I was an international student from India with a couple of years of experience in print journalism and had high expectations from the course, hoping it would help take my career to the next level. It did not disappoint.

We had fantastic teachers like Marie Kinsey who were ex-journalists and maintained deep links with the industry, ensuring we had a great cast of guest lecturers and our field trips were always worthwhile.

Particularly memorable were the 'news days' when we worked like a real newsroom doing regular bulletins and covered events such as local elections with the same enthusiasm as any other media outlet. This experience helped when I did my work placement with BBC World Service at the end of the course and also later throughout my career. As did the knowledge of media law, for which I remain grateful to Mark Hanna.

I think I must also mention the students union where I worked while doing the degree and though it left me with very little time to do anything else, it taught me the value of hard work and also helped me learn a lot about the university and Sheffield itself.


Please note that the scholarship is now closed for 2020 entry. We will update this information if the award is made available again for 2021.

The scholarships are for UK and EU students who meet at least one of our widening participation criteria or achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. If your application is successful you can use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses – the choice is yours.

This is a fantastic opportunity for students on MA Broadcast Journalism to be mentored by one of the country's leading sports journalists and broadcasters. This will include support and advice from Dan on your career development.

Dan Walker studied on the Broadcast course in 1998-99 and also completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. He presents Football Focus each weekend and BBC Breakfast as well as a weekly show on BBC World.

He has travelled the world covering numerous events including the Olympic Games, World Cups, European Championships, the Grand National, Six Nations, Wimbledon and The Open Championship golf.

The scholarship will include periods of work experience in journalism and production, and advice from Dan as you go through the course and prepare for a career.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship is worth £10,000 plus personal mentoring from broadcaster and Sheffield journalism graduate Dan Walker.


You must meet all of the following four criteria:

You either already hold an offer of a place, or wish to apply, for MA Broadcast Journalism at the University of Sheffield
You are domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU) and not charged international rate fees
You are not already qualified at masters level, or higher
You are self-funding
UK/EU nationality

and either one or both of the following:

You are from a group that is evidentially under-represented among the institution's taught masters population
You have already achieved or are predicted to achieve a first-class undergraduate degree

Application Procedure

There are two stages to the application and selection process which depend on whether or not you already hold an offer of a place on MA Broadcast Journalism for entry in September 2020.

Existing offer holders: If you are not a current University of Sheffield student, to access the application form you must select 'Apply now' https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/postgraduate/funding/dan-walker-scholarship
'Click here if you are a prospective student' then 'Need an account? Sign up here'.

New course applicants: In order to be eligible to apply for the scholarship you must have applied for a place on MA Broadcast Journalism before the scholarship closing date of 24 June 2020. You can still apply for the course after this date, but you will no longer be eligible to apply for a scholarship. To apply for a course please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form [https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/apply/applying Once you have done this, you can apply for the scholarship: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/postgraduate/funding/dan-walker-scholarship

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