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Journalism MA (PGCert PGDip)

University of Brighton

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Eastbourne Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our accredited Journalism MA is a new and exciting degree that will prepare you for a media career by developing both the practical skills to work in the industry and the critical abilities to challenge and improve journalistic practice.

Our course will suit you if you have studied an undergraduate degree in a non-journalism subject area or are looking to gain a professional qualification to pursue a career in the industry.

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation is recognised in the industry as a strong indication that new recruits have the skills and knowledge to become effective multimedia journalists in a busy newsroom. In addition to your masters degree, you will also have the opportunity to take the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. The NCTJ diploma is a widely recognised entry-level qualification for professional practice.

You will study new digital and social media practices alongside core, traditional story-gathering methods. You will learn the technical skills of video and audio recording that have become key parts of a multi-platform journalist’s tool kit.

The course will underpin your professional practice by exploring contemporary journalistic issues and debates, such as fake news. You will also study the contextual knowledge needed by professional journalists, such as media law and local and central government,

The course will be delivered by media industry professionals and respected academics. Our student journalism website, , will enable you to publish articles to a wider audience.

Through our Professional-Based Learning module, you will spend time in a newsroom environment on placement. We have close links with both national and local organisations including Sky News and the Brighton Argus. You'll also gain insight from field trips and from visiting industry guest lecturers.

We have been running journalism courses since 2003 and you'll benefit from facilities including our journalism newsroom and digital hub.

Course structure

The Journalism MA comprises six 20-credit modules that each involve 30 hours of contact time plus an independent final project where you will work with an allocated supervisor.

The course is taught by industry professionals and highly respected academics who will help you develop key journalism skills as well as academic research and writing methods.

You will compile an e-portfolio of assorted journalistic work that will act as a showcase to prospective employers. Practical journalism modules will feed into your portfolio and you will also publish your work on our website, Overtime Online.

Your placement will enable you to demonstrate hands-on experience in a journalistic environment.

The course is flexible in that it allows you to exit with a postgraduate certificate at the end of one semester (three 20-credit modules) or a postgraduate diploma at the end of two semesters (six 20-credit modules). You must complete the 60-credit research project to qualify for the MA.

For international students, the MA offers an extended masters route with English language study for between two and six months before the course begins.

Careers

This degree will open up career opportunities in areas including television, radio, print, web, and PR.

Students can exit with PGDip & PGCert.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,572per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Brighton

  • University League Table

    112th

  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    83rd out of 97 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 190
    111 55%

    61st

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    44 44%

    86th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%

    81st

    13

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