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Course Content

Course content

Train to become a journalist with this intensive, practical course that combines traditional methods and developing technologies to meet the demands of a multimedia industry.

This course offers a dynamic, practice-focused multimedia programme, closely linked to industry. We combine traditional methods with new and developing technologies to train you in multimedia journalism.

You’ll learn a range of practical skills and leave with reporting and production expertise for print, online, magazine, television and radio. You’ll also develop an understanding of social media and convergence issues.

You'll learn through practical experience, both in our news rooms and on an industry placement and we also support you in getting your work published and broadcast.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MA-Journalism-Postgraduate-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll have a passion for news and an interest in the media, plus an instinct to find and tell stories. We develop your skills to make sense of fast-moving situations and meet deadlines, while reporting a story accurately, simply and eloquently with honesty, integrity and creativity.

Our broadcast studios and multimedia newsrooms provide an industry setting, allowing you to experience life as a journalist and develop practical skills. You’ll gain a firm understanding of media law, ethics and regulations. You’ll also develop your analytical and critical skills and writing, communication and research techniques.

You'll benefit from studying in a dynamic city that is home to many creative industries. You’ll make use of Edinburgh as a political, economic and cultural centre, providing a rich source of stories and settings for your work. Guest lectures and work placements help you develop your industry contacts, allowing you to have work published/broadcast before you leave.

This is a one year full-time course, starting in September, and is split up into three trimesters. You'll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, specialist workshops in our newsrooms and studios and independent study.

We've used our 40 years’ experience of teaching journalism to shape this degree into one of the most modern journalism courses available.

Our curriculum is developed with employers, industry contacts and our accrediting body, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. We also have a partnership with STV to deliver local TV.

Subjects include

• Radio Bulletins
• Media Law for Journalists
• New Writing
• TV and Multimedia News
• Journalism, Information & Society
• Magazine Publishing

• Major Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


We have a high success rate for placing our graduates in jobs. You may find work as a:
• reporter
• editor
• press officer
• feature writer
• commentator
• production worker in broadcast, print or online

Recent graduates have gained full-time work across media platforms. The industry placement you'll undertake as part of your course is particularly valuable for making contacts and can often lead to an offer of employment. Placements are a vital opportunity to gain industry experience and show editors and potential employers what you can do.

How to apply


SAAS Funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

Visit the MA / PGDip Journalism page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!




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