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MA Journalism

Course Description

This flexible and dynamic programme equips students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in a modern digital newsroom. It gives students an awareness of the journalist’s role in a changing media landscape enabling them to respond to the challenges and opportunities this entails.

The flexible modular programme allows students to design an MA to their own interests. It is aimed at variety of applicants. Some may have a first degree in another subject, but want a career in journalism. Others may have a journalism degree and are aiming to extend their skills through an MA., or, it could appeal to the mature student seeking to develop an understanding of journalism and the industry. In short, the MA Journalism programme can be designed to meet all needs.

The modular structure also has pathways through that lead to our industry-accredited awards MA Newspaper Journalism, PGDip Newspaper Journalism, MA Magazine Journalism /PGDip Magazine Journalism and MA Broadcast Journalism, PGDip Broadcast Journalism.

Compulsory modules:

Newsroom practice
Digital Journalism
Either a standard 40 credit project module or an extended 60 credit project module.

Compulsory for students who do not have a journalism degree or demonstrable journalism industry experience.

Practical Journalism
Law for Journalists

The decision whether students need to take these modules rests with the course leader.

Optional modules from: Digital Publishing Landscapes, the Modern Journalist, Videojournalism, International News and Media, Specialist Writing such as business journalism or investigative reporting, Publishing Project, Journalism Theory, Enterprise and Professional Practice, Public Administration and Public Relations modules.

You can also choose a 40 credit Photography Portfolio Development module. (Shorthand may be available as an additional 10th module).

Visit the MA Journalism page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second or first class degree from a British institution (or the equivalent from an overseas institution). Overseas students for whom English is a second language need an IELTS score of 7. Applicants should demonstrate involvement with and knowledge of the journalism industry, usually by evidence of work experience and/or involvement with their university's student newspaper.

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