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MA Multimedia Journalism

Course Description

This course will be held at the Medway Campus


The MA programme teaches multimedia journalism to graduates who are determined to pursue a career in the news industry. You learn to report for newspapers, websites, radio and television in a live newsroom environment. Using state-of-the-art technology and working to real deadlines, you upload your work to the internet.

Key benefits

- fully accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists

- guaranteed work placements for all students.

- Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/108/multimedia-journalism#!overview

Course detail

- Description -

This is an academically challenging Master's qualification that teaches you the skills required to report for radio, television and the internet as well as newspapers and magazines. Students are taught by award-winning journalists in state-of-the-art newsrooms, and all have access to industry-leading equipment including Canon HD video cameras and Edirol audio recorders whenever they need them. They learn crucial newsgathering skills, as well as production skills which allow them to edit video and audio, design print pages and create complex interactive multimedia packages. They produce newspapers and magazines, news programmes for television and radio, and entire news web sites in our regular newsday exercises. The centre's unique web site, http://www.centreforjournalism.co.uk, provides a live publishing enviroment and a discussion forum for the industry. All of this is backed up by the rigorous academic disciplines of law, politics, history that all good journalists need.

- Format and assessment -

Compulsory modules in Reporting and Writing, Media Law and Ethics, and Principles and Practice of Convergent Journalism introduce you to the professional challenges of modern reporting and prepare you to pass the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diploma in Journalism (this involves passing papers in shorthand, public affairs, law and reporting). You choose academic modules from a range including: History of Journalism; Communication and Humanitarianism; Political Reporting and Propaganda - Media, Manipulation and Persuasion.

The degree is taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, masterclasses, news days, tutorials and editorial conferences. Assessment is by coursework (including essays, reporting exercises and presentations) and examinations. The optional dissertation counts for a third of the final grade.


This degree will prepare students for employment in broadcast, print and online media as well as enabling them to take advantage of the new opportunities the awareness of media power has created within campaign and pressure groups, online information providers and businesses.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MA Multimedia Journalism page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Perryman

What made you want to go into this area of study?
I had always planned on going to graduate school. Though I initially considered studying Publishing or PR, I ended up deciding that an MA in Multimedia Journalism both suited my interests better and would afford me more versatile skills in the long run.

Why did you choose to study at Kent?
Honestly, Kent wasn’t my first choice until I interviewed with Tim Luckhurst. Before my interview, I was pretty sure I wanted to go to University of Sussex, but once I spoke with Tim I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I was so impressed that he not only took the time to answer all of my questions, but he also gave me a tour of the campus and showed me the resources that Kent has to offer. To me, it seemed like a great sign of a supportive culture within the faculty. I wasn’t wrong — they’re fantastic.
What are you particularly enjoying about your studies here?
How much I’ve learned. Almost everything that we’ve covered in classes has been entirely new to me, so I feel as though I’m not just re-hashing things I studied previously. I love that we are being taught to use programs like Adobe Creative Suite and have been put in real-life situations, like on news days, where we are expected to put together a radio program or newspaper in four hours.

Which modules have you enjoyed the most so far, and why?
Practical Multimedia Journalism, because playing with Audition, InDesign, and Photoshop is fun. I also really enjoy Media Law, but that’s because I’m a bit of a judicial nerd.

What about the teaching?
I couldn’t ask for better professors. They are all so passionate and so willing to help you achieve your goals. They ask a lot of you, but they are also understanding of how demanding the course is.

What are the facilities like in the Centre for Journalism and on campus generally?
Wonderful, so far I’ve never had an issue because of lack of resources. Between the newsroom and the library, we have everything we need.

What is the level of support like here for postgraduates?
As I mentioned before, the culture of support at Kent is one of the main reasons that I chose this university. The professors are always willing to help and librarians are also very helpful for research questions and offer program tutorials.


Daily Mail Scholarship - Single Award

The Daily Mail Scholarship, funded by Associated Newspapers, will be awarded to a gifted postgraduate student of multimedia journalism at the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism. The Centre invites all students who win places on our MA in Multimedia Journalism to compete for the award which is worth £5,000. The scholar will also enjoy a valuable work placement at what is generally considered to be the UK’s most successful news-gathering business.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 plus work placement at the Daily Mail


In order to apply applicants must confirm acceptance of their place on the MA in Multimedia Journalism. The scholarship is non-transferable and can only be awarded to full-time students studying in the Centre for Journalism.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit a story written in the style of the Daily Mail. They should specify which section of the newspaper their story is designed for. Applicants should ensure that their story is written in a style that accurately reflects the real contents of the relevant section. They should ensure that their story is of the right length and that it is set out in an appropriate manner (e.g. use of sub-headings, headlines etc.). Applications should be submitted, usually by the end of the autumn term, to the head of department.

Further Information



The Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary - Single Award

The Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary is available to a student holding an offer for the MA in Multimedia Journalism. It is worth £6,000 to the winning applicant, and the bursary also includes mentoring from a senior professional journalist in the newspaper or magazine industry. The closing date us usually in early June for students expecting to start their postgraduate study in September.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must normally be under 25 on 1st September, resident in the UK, and classified as paying UK tuition fees. If you are between 25 and 30 and wish to apply, please discuss your application with the relevant Course Director and Administrator. Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for the Centre for Journalism's Multimedia Journalism MA and should not be in receipt of another major award (e.g. an AHRC award). Awards will take into account the applicant's financial circumstances.

Application Procedure

Download an application form from http://www.stationers.org/postgraduate-bursary-scheme.html
Applications must be supported by two references, one academic and one personal from someone of standing who can support the financial statements made in the application.

Further Information



Centre for Journalism postgraduate scholarship - 2 Awards

Two scholarships are awarded each year that will cover 50% of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for 1 year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% of tuition fees


To be eligible for the scholarships, candidates must make a formal application for postgraduate study at the University of Kent and must hold an offer for the MA Multimedia Journalism programme.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a letter of application, to include an explanation of why they want to be a journalist. This is to be sent with a degree certificate by post to: Professor Tim Luckhurst University of Kent Centre for Journalism Gillingham Building Chatham Maritime Kent ME4 4AG.
Deadline for receipt of applications is usually in the final week of September, but contact the Centre for more details.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:1 or better and a commitment to journalism. English Language requirements: View Website

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