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MA Online Journalism

Course Description

Course Duration

Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years
Distance Learning full-time 1 year
Distance Learning part-time 2 years


On this course, students will get access to some of the industry’s most respected journalists who are working in the field now, and they will have the opportunity to work on a live, professional journalism project with a client.

Students will develop a host of multimedia news gathering and production skills, learn about data journalism and how it is transforming news gathering, and cover content management systems, social media management and the relevant areas of media law.


Online Journalism
This production module explores a range of online and mobile journalism skills, as well as emerging legal and ethical issues. You will be running a live journalism operation, building contacts in your field and learning from those at the cutting edge of their industry, as well as each other.
In addition, an ‘experimental’ element of the module forces you to research and experiment with an area of online journalism that has particular potential for you professionally, developing your public profile in the field on the way.

This module explores entrepreneurial techniques, processes and practices. You will put ideas into practice, develop a strong sense of your professional development needs, be involved in creating networks (in and outside the university) and refine an action-orientated approach.
By focusing on a spirit of entrepreneurship, we will encourage you to take ownership of your own personal professional development. You will identify industry challenges appropriate to your award, and turn them into opportunities for you to enhance your independence, confidence, networking capacity and strategic thinking. This will encourage you to become a reflective creative worker.

Data and Multimedia Journalism
This production module focuses on developing specialist skills in one or more of four areas: online video, online audio, interactivity, and data journalism. Students research their chosen field and experiment with innovation. They are encouraged to join communities of practice to build knowledge, contacts, and profile.

Production Lab
This module prepares you for MA by Practice by encouraging you to innovate, and to apply and experiment with a range of production skills and intellectual ideas appropriate to your award, supported by a systematic exploration of methods for research or production development. The work here is done in partnership with a live industry client based on an identified contemporary challenge facing online journalism.

MA by Practice
To complete your award, you will originate, execute and deliver an individual and extended practice-based professional project at the forefront of your field.
You will develop and consolidate your mastery of key skills, and knowledge of and engagement with current opportunities in the field of production. This module encourages and tests skills of initiative and independent practice and is conducted largely outside the classroom with support from a tutor.


Assessments usually emphasise scholarly or professional practice through which the key learning objectives are tested. Three weeks are set aside for assessment work.

Visit the MA Online Journalism page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have proven experience in journalism or media production (for example, video, audio, web production or print). Good spoken and written English are vital. IELTS level 6.5 is a minimum. You should have evidence of your passion for new forms of journalism, along with a strong and inquiring mind and a tendency not to take no for an answer.

Course Fees

Please visit the Birmingham School of Media website for up to date tuition fee information

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