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About the course

Please note that this degree is now closed for 2020 entry.

Course description

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

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, radio and online techniques right from day one.

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Entry Requirements

- 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.


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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.


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