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Why study this programme?

Our MA Journalism course is one of a suite of journalism postgraduate courses designed to offer students the chance to learn multimedia journalism skills.

Graduates from our courses work for organisations such as national and regional newspapers, websites, magazines and broadcasters.

The MA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). 

Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have an upper second or above classification for an honours degree from a British higher education institution, or an equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants with a lower second will be considered if they can demonstrate a commitment to journalism.

Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications are also considered, if they have substantial professional or other relevant experience.

Applicants may be required to complete a written/oral admissions test.

International students are required to have IELTS 7. UK industry accreditation bodies require IELTS 7.5 for their programme of study.

Programme at a Glance

  • Creating Content (20 credits)
  • Digital Journalism (20 credits)
  • Law for Journalists (20 Credits)
  • Public Administration (20 credits)
  • Newsroom Practice 40 credits.
  • Standard Project (20 Credits)
  • Students can also take shorthand as an additional 10th module.
  • Specialist Writing (20 Credits)



This MA Journalism course will equip students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to operate as a professional journalist.

The course begins with an intensive introduction to creating content where students learn how to report and write stories for publication. Students also study a digital journalism module that will enable them to develop the skills and strategies needed to exploit the changing media landscape and to respond to the challenges presented by the emergence of multiplatform production.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Thursday 10th November 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Students begin the course by learning the core reporting and technical skills needed to operate as a journalist. Students will also learn the essentials of law as it impacts on journalists and study and debate the ethics of journalism and learn about the workings of central and local government. 

The course is very hands-on and students will learn in a realistic newsroom environment. Students also undertake an industry placement, so that they have every opportunity to emerge at the end of the course with excellent contacts as well as a track record of achievement.

Students will also appreciate the ethical, legal and commercial considerations they will need to consider in order to function as accurate and responsible journalists and understand the organisation and function of local and central government.

In these first weeks, students enjoy a realistic and useful appreciation of collaborative and multi-skilled journalism since all our postgraduate journalism students will study and practice together.

All teaching will take place over three intensive days. There is also a part time route available which will allow students to split the programme over two or three years.

Shorthand is offered as an additional 10th module. It is a requirement of the NCTJ’s programme of study that students study Teeline shorthand and a speed of 100 wpm is required for the NCTJ’s diploma. 

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £6,300 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,050 per 20 credits for first 120 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

UCLan has been teaching journalism for more than 50 years. Our alumni give us an unrivalled network of contacts who not only return to the university to give guest lectures and master classes, but also inform our courses through their professional expertise and advice.

All practical journalism tutors have worked in journalism for organisations such as the BBC, ITV, national and regional newspapers and magazines.

Professional Accreditation

The MA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). At the end of the course, students have the opportunity to take the NCTJ’s diploma exams. Some students will qualify for the NCTJ’s diversity fund which could help to pay your course and NCTJ exam fees.

NCTJ Accredited Course

Learning Environment and Assessment

You will learn your core journalism skills in a newsroom environment where you will be working to a deadline to provide news content. You will also learn from professional journalists through guest lectures and newsroom master classes.

There are exams in the law, public administration and shorthand modules. All other assessment is course work. The assessments will model real-life working experiences. For example, you may be asked to produce a website or a newspaper.


Postgraduate journalism students work for organisations such as The Sun, The Independent, the BBC, Sky, magazines and websites.

An industry placement forms part of this programme. Examples of past placements include Press Association, NME, Official Playstation Magazine and the Liverpool Echo.

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