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MA in Journalism

Course Description

The course is National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited and aims to equip you with the strong professional journalism competences and attitude necessary to achieve your career ambitions in an exciting, competitive and rapidly developing industry. It is designed to enable you to:
•learn how to turn out crisp engaging copy against tight deadlines for print, social and digital media, radio and tv news, and how to record, film and edit material for broadcast
•contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies • understand the many transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional, national and global level.

You have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and knowledge during a three-week work placement before completing either a substantial journalism project or a dissertation.


Assessment includes NCTJ exams, term papers, portfolios of journalism, multimedia artefacts, social media, and critical reflections on practical work and examinations.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

You take Journalism, Law and Power and Shorthand (NCTJ) across the autumn and spring terms. You also take:

Autumn term: Broadcast Journalism (Radio) • International Journalism in Transition • News Research and Writing • Shorthand.

Spring term: Broadcast Journalism (TV) and one option from Activist Media Practice • Animal Life and the Moving Image • Digital Humanities • First Person Film • Global News Industries • Media Histories and Cultural Change • Media, Culture and Communication • Media, Technology and Everyday Life • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory) • New Developments in Digital Media • New Moving Screens • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics • Queering Popular Culture • Research and Prototyping for Interactive Practice • Sound Environment (Theory) • Science Communication and Culture • The Cinematic Body • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: you complete your journalism dissertation and undertake a multimedia journalism project.


Please note that these are the core modules and options (subject to availability) for students starting in the academic year 2015.

Core modules

•Broadcast Journalism (Radio)
•Broadcast Journalism (Television)
•International Journalism in Transition B
•Journalism, Law and Power
•News Research, Writing in a Multimedia Environment
•Shorthand (NCTJ)


•Activist Media Practice
•Animal Life and the Moving Image
•Digital Humanities
•Dissertation (Journalism)
•Global News Industries A
•Interactive Project Development
•International Journalism Project
•Journalism Project
•Media Audiences
•Media Histories and Cultural Change
•Media, Culture and Communication
•Media, Technology and Everyday Life
•Multimedia Journalism Project
•Music and the Media of Performance (Practice)
•Music and the Media of Performance (Theory)
•New Developments in Digital Media 1a
•New Developments in Digital Media 1b
•New Moving Screens
•Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics
•Queering Popular Culture
•Sound Environments (Practice)
•Sound Environments (Theory)
•The Cinematic Body
•The Politics of Promotional Culture

Visit the MA in Journalism page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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