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Journalism (NCTJ-accredited) MA/PG Dip MA/PG Dip

Course Description

This course offers an exciting combination of theoretical and practical study and training. Taught by highly experienced, qualified journalists, the course emphasises National Council for the Training of Journalists’ syllabus and exams, in a programme designed especially for postgraduates.

Our work-based journalism course is fully accredited by the industry's training body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists. It offers a high quality professional course with emphasis on attention to your strengths and weaknesses – an approach which gives our graduates a tremendous advantage in the hugely competitive journalism jobs market. As you’ve probably heard, the hardest part of the job is getting into the industry in the first place. Industry training places are few and far between. The most reliable way is to do an NCTJ course – which leads to a qualification recognised throughout this country as well as abroad.

Successful students will gain two complementary 'qualifications'. Those who pass all the NCTJ exams gain the NCTJ certificate and satisfactory completion of all aspects of the course leads to the Postgraduate Diploma/MA, which may be awarded with distinction for exceptional candidates. The PG Dip/MA qualification is recognised internationally and, as well as opening doors to subject-specific careers, gives those who have achieved this academic level all the advantages of obtaining a postgraduate degree. Many newspapers now require prospective junior reporters to have passed the NCTJ's preliminary examinations before starting work. As well as helping candidates get jobs, those who gain appropriate employment and register with the NCTJ are able to take the National Certificate after a further 18 months – the route to becoming a fully-qualified senior journalist.

The next available start date for this course is September 2017.

Visit the Journalism MA page on the De Montfort University web site for more details!

We are also delighted to offer the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship worth up to £6,000 to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. Head to dmu.ac.uk/sports to see eligibility and how you can apply.

Visit the Journalism (NCTJ-accredited) MA/PG Dip MA/PG Dip page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Typically, you will be a graduate who has demonstrated a commitment to a career in publications, perhaps through involvement with a student magazine or work experience in media. You should normally have:- A good (2:2 or above) Honours degree, or equivalent- An excellent standard of English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent for international applicants)- All candidates must complete a written application which will form the basis for selection at interview. - A minimum of one week’s work experience in a newsroom

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