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Course content

About the course

Join our Broadcast MA and you'll learn journalism by doing journalism. Our outstanding teaching staff will show you how to hunt down stories on your own. They'll develop your interview technique, so you can ask the high-impact questions that matter. Our experts in media law, regulation and public administration will make sure your journalism is responsible and ethical as well as hard-hitting.

We've invested heavily in audio and video facilities, creating a purpose-built Broadcast Zone right here in the department. Our knowledge of the media industry means you'll be immersed in TV and radio techniques right from day one.

We'll nurture your skills using our TV news studio and gallery, radio studios and production booths, and high-tech editing suite – all laden with the same industry-standard equipment and software used by the professionals. You'll learn how to record and film material and edit it using a desktop software package, and how to tell stories online. We'll show you mobile journalism techniques, so you can create and publish digital content wherever you are.

Then, on production newsdays, you'll work against the clock as part of a team that goes out into the city to find the news, shoot footage and create bulletins to meet tough deadlines back at the Broadcast Zone. It's demanding work – but that's how our students finish the degree newsroom-ready, as complete broadcast journalists.

Your career

MA Broadcast Journalism is for students who are determined, articulate, fascinated by news and current affairs, and at ease in front of a camera and mic.

This degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). Sheffield's reputation combined with the prestige of BJTC accreditation means your degree will have extra clout in the jobs market.

A masters from Sheffield is the mark of someone who thinks differently. Graduates from our applied courses are creative, disciplined journalists.

They’re working in radio and television, newspapers and magazines, print and online, across the UK and internationally.

The BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail, Channel 4, Sky and Wall Street Journal all employ Sheffield journalists.

About us

Our teaching staff are professionals who have worked at the highest level in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism. This is a great place to learn practical skills. Three quarters of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, is part of all our courses.

We have strong links with the industry. We send our masters students on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

Guests from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes give lectures in the department. Broadcast editors run radio and television newsdays, and print and online production editors bring their expertise to newspaper, web and magazine exercises.

Work experience

On this course you'll undertake a substantial work experience placement. This is a chance to give a real test to the skills and knowledge you'll be developing back here in the department. The Department of Journalism Studies has a dedicated work placement co-ordinator whose job it is to match you up with a good employer suited to your areas of interest. Check out #jusplacement to see what our students are saying about their current work experience posts.

Professional accreditation

All our applied postgraduate courses are accredited by the main professional bodies representing the media industries: the National Council for the Training of Journalists, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Professional Publishers Association.

Real-world learning environment

The University has invested £3 million in a superb new home for the department in 2014, with four large newsrooms designed to simulate a real working environment. The print newsroom is equipped with 30 PCs, all of which have access to the latest print production software such as Adobe Indesign, Incopy and Photoshop. You’ll also have access to a Press Association newsfeed, telephones, daily newspapers and Sky TV.

The broadcast newsroom is equipped with industry-standard software for radio production. We have a state-of-the-art radio studio and digital audio recorders. Students on the applied MA courses learn how to create packages, put together live news bulletins, shoot professional news pieces on HD TV cameras, and use Apple Final Cut X to cut rushes together. They acquire the skills needed to prepare text, audio and video content for publication online. These degrees also show how to use audio recorders, video and stills cameras to gather content. In the web newsroom, students use audio, video and image editing software to create their own sites.

Studentships

Postgraduate student loans are available for UK and EU students to a current value of £10,280.

  • Dan Walker Journalism Scholarships offer £10,000 in funding and personal mentoring from the BBC presenter and Sheffield journalism alumnus. More info
  • The Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship is also worth £10,000 and open to high-achieving students and those from groups that are underrepresented in higher education. More info
  • Sheffield scholarships for international students are designed to support talented applicants from all over the world. More info
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) scholarships are available for students from the UK, China and Hong Kong, with funding, mentoring and free access to BAFTA events. More info: UK | China and Hong Kong
  • The George Viner Memorial Fund exists specifically to help broaden the ethnic diversity of journalists working in the UK and Ireland. More info

Please see the Department of Journalism Studies' taught postgraduate funding page for more general details on the above, including an overview of deadlines.

Other sources of funding may be available – please see the University's postgraduate funding pages to investigate.

Teaching and assessment

There are lectures, seminars, group workshops, individual and team assignments.

You’re assessed on essays, examinations and practical broadcast journalism – producing news stories, radio and TV news items and features, web pages and portfolios.


Visit the MA/Diploma Broadcast Journalism page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

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