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Journalism (MSc)

Course Description

Whether you are starting your career in journalism or are an experienced reporter looking to get to grips with a changing industry, this is an opportunity to develop skills that are highly sought after by employers.

We are committed to the underlying principles of journalism ? objectivity, fairness, balance and storytelling, and recognise that the world is becoming ever more digital. That?s why we place emphasis on up-to-the-minute communication tools and technology. You will engage with the latest in social media, search engine optimisation (SEO), crowd sourcing and user-generated content, while also focusing on the more traditional areas of newspapers, television, radio and online news.

This is a unique qualification ? we are the only journalism course in England to be taught from within a business school. You will benefit from our contacts within the city of Leeds, providing you with an opportunity to meet, research and report on companies, industry and new developments. Previous students have enjoyed work experience with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated newsroom and television and radio studios.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/journalism_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


This course has a strong international flavour, specialising in media law around the world, so you will be able to research, develop contacts and write editorial for global audiences on a variety of topics. You could progress in journalism, PR, social media, communications, digital marketing, SEO and brand management across many different industries, while specific roles could include editor, reporter, feature writer or correspondent.

Specific roles could include:

- Editor
- Reporter
- Feature Writer
- Correspondent

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We encourage you to get hands-on journalism experience and our previous students have enjoyed work placements with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated newsroom and both television and radio studios.

We have a dedicated employability and placements office to support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your work - whether it be editorial, audio or video. Through our multi-media Student Journalism Website you will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a dedicated newsroom with the latest Apple Mac Technology, television and radio studios, portable radio studios for outside broadcasts, microphones and high-definition cameras.

Core Modules

Editing & Production
Develop page layout and editorial design skills and gain an appreciation of why sub-editing and design are crucial elements in the production of any printed media publication, website or multimedia application.

Feature Writing
Develop the craft of professional writing for a range of magazines, newspapers and websites, with a particular emphasis on technology and science journalism.

International Perspectives on Media Law, Ethics & Regulation
This module considers media law in a UK, European and international setting, and shows how media, human rights and ethics are intertwined.

Journalism Theory
Gain an understanding and critical awareness of journalism principles and practice in a rapidly evolving, diverse, global and technologically-driven media.

Learn the core values and practice of journalism, including sourcing, gathering and writing news stories. You will produce news and feature stories using research and interview techniques in a newsroom setting.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Sean Dodson

Senior Lecturer

"I believe in journalism's power to improve democracy and society. The profession has taken a knock recently, but I see that as all the more reason to develop a newer, more ethical journalism - and a university without the constraints of the media industry, but with connections to it, is the perfect place to be."

Sean has previously written articles specialising in the social uses of technology and has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Design Week, The South China Morning Post and The Sydney Morning Herald.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Journalism (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.
To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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