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

Course Description

About the course

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.

Reasons to Study:

• Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
the NCTJ accreditation is recognised by industry and internationally, it assures you that our course content and examinations have been monitored through one of the UKs leading Journalism organisations

• More than 20 years’ experience of teaching journalism
our teaching staff are a range of respected and award-winning professionals and academic experts who have many years of industry experience meaning you can draw on their expertise to develop skills that are relevant for a career in Journalism

• Smaller teaching groups
you will benefit from learning in small cluster groups providing you with more one-to-one teaching time, enhancing your knowledge and understanding

• Dedicated facilities
access to the Leicester Centre for Journalism newsrooms which are a dedicated teaching and learning space for Journalism students

• Excellent graduate prospects
graduates have a proven track record of launching successful careers for national newspapers and new agencies, magazine journalism, television and radio journalism including Channel 4 and BBC, the government and the Police Force

• Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
students have the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons

Course Structure


• Practical Journalism
• Law
• Professional Skills
• Public Affairs
• Issues in Journalism
• Dissertation

Teaching and assessment

The course runs on a full-time basis from the end of September to the end of June for the PG Dip, with MA candidates fully supported during their dissertation period over the summer.

As well as an intensive taught course, you are expected to undertake a substantial amount of journalistic work on your own initiative – especially in the second semester. You should view this as a full-time course and exercises can take place between 9am–9pm Monday to Friday although occasionally weekend or later working may be required.

The course is committed to small student cohorts and individual attention for each student as well as good quality facilities. That means our students do well in tough external exams and gain skills which help them get that all important step on the first rung of the journalistic ladder.

There are two key strands of assessment. One is the NCTJ exams, for which there is substantial preparation. The other is assessment for the PG Dip, which includes a large element of continuous assessment as well as traditional essays, seminar presentations and projects. In the second semester you will produce multi-platform publications and cover your own patch of the city producing an extensive body of ‘real world’ work.

Those who choose the MA option undertake additional work in research methods and submit a final dissertation in September.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend around 25 hours of timetabled taught sessions per week, and can expect to undertake at least 15 further hours of self-directed study, plus additional exam preparation as needed.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:
Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

Funding for postgraduate students

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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