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MA / PG Dip Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport

Course Description

This course has been designed to help you find challenging and rewarding work in journalism. During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive and thoughtful journalist. As well as a general professional grounding in journalism, you will also be able to specialise in your second semester in print and online journalism, broadcast journalism or sports journalism, depending on which pathway you choose.

Upon graduation, you will receive a degree and NCTJ Diploma, both of which are essential if you want to find work in the UK news industry.

Key benefits:

• Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV
• Learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake industry placements
• Receive a diploma from the National Council for Training of Journalists.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/journalism-news-broadcast-sport

Programme details

This is a highly intensive course and only for you if you are fully committed to becoming a working journalist, particularly in the UK. You will study modules closely aligned with the NCTJ syllabus so that you are also able to pass seven components of the NCTJ Diploma, such as Media Law and Reporting. During semester 1, you will study the basic skills of writing news in print, broadcast and online formats. These key skills are supported by study of media law and also ethical practice to encourage you to become a highly aware journalist. Intrinsic to this course are daily sessions of shorthand, a traditional skill still valued by the modern news industry, including broadcast organisations.


The majority of the course is delivered largely through workshops and students are assessed mainly by coursework and projects, with some formal examinations.

Semester 1

• Law and Government for Journalists
• News and Ethics

Semester 2

• Multi-platform Journalism
• Sports Reporting
• Broadcast Journalism
• Community project

Semester 3

• Major Project (Print, Broadcast, Sport or Online)


80% Workshops and 20% Lectures.

You will be able to sit NCTJ examinations at the end of semester 1 and also complete the NCTJ Portfolio during semester 2, when you will be encouraged to sit the NCTJ's shorthand exam and pass at 100 words per minute.

Career potential

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.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or graduate diploma.

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