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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year, Part-time: Two years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Mode:

    Taught

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MA

Why study this programme?

Are you a journalism graduate or industry professional who wants to move your career in a new direction?

If so, this this flexible programme will enable you to master the key skills and knowledge required for career development in the contemporary media.

The programme also aims to develop your intellectual skills and creative insights to enable you to become a reflective practitioner with sustainable and flexible career options.

You will learn to analyse critically and challenge theories of contemporary journalism and business practice and to exploit that understanding in the development of new practice and innovation.

You will be able to tailor this course to suit your needs. The programme begins with an introductory module called Journalism Today. You will explore the contemporary media industries and reflect on your own experience and learning. From there, you will go on to plan your MA journey and decide which pathway you wish to take through this postgraduate programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Either an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related media subject, typically at 2:1 or above.
  • Or evidence of professional journalism/media industry experience with an undergraduate degree typically at 2:1 and above in any subject.
  • Appropriate computer literacy and internet access.
  • International applicants are required to have an IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.
  • Applicants will also be interviewed either in person or via electronic means.

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Journalism Today  20 credits

Either

  • Multimedia Content 40 credits

Or

  • Journalism Leadership 40 credits

Or

  • Journalism Innovation 40 credits

Semester 2

  • Theory Today 20 credits

Semester 2 and 3

Plus

Either

  • Placement 40 credits

OR

  • Dissertation 40 credits

OR

  • Project 40 credits

Plus 60 credits made up from:

  • Data Journalism 20 credits
  • Drone Journalism 20 credits
  • Photo Journalism 20 credits
  • New Media Practice 20 credits
  • Cross Industry Perspectives 20 credits
  • Broadcast Newsroom 40 credits

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 7 March 2018

Further Information

You may wish to develop your skills in producing multimedia content or move into journalism leadership or you may be looking to innovate and explore.

There are also optional modules you may take in exciting new areas such as data journalism or drone journalism.

There is an option to take an industry placement – you may be looking to move out of your comfort zone and try something new. You also have the option of doing a dissertation or a major project.

This programme has been re-launched for 2018 with the aim of appealing to graduates and industry professionals who are looking to extend their skills and knowledge base for sustainable career development.

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).

Handbook

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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Applications

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

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £6,500 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,250 per year for first 2 years (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 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

Details of the UK Government postgraduate loan scheme for students commencing a Masters Postgraduate programme for the 2017/18 academic year.

View further information

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

Journalism at UCLan has an excellent record for journalism training and employability. We have been teaching journalism in Preston for more than 55 years and we have a worldwide network of top industry professionals who began their careers here.

Our lecturers who teach on journalism practice modules worked as professional journalists before they moved into teaching. Some still combine working in industry with their university role.

The media industry has gone through dramatic change over the last decade. It is likely to change even more over the coming years. This course aims to ensure students have sustainable and viable career options.

Professional Accreditation

This course does not have specific course accreditation because it is likely that students on this programme will have already completed NCTJ exams. Our undergraduate programme BA Journalism is NCTJ-accredited and we are an accredited NCTJ exam centre. We may be able to arrange for students on this programme to complete the NCTJ diploma exams if they wish, subject to timetabling considerations.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Journalism is based in Greenbank Building where we have five newsrooms, a TV studio and four radio studios. The university has invested more than £250,000 on improving these facilities over the last couple of years.

You may also have sessions in our Media Innovation Studio on the top floor of the Media Factory.

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Opportunities

Students carry out placements with employers such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, national and regional titles and magazines and in the new creative media industries.

Our students have gone on to work for organisations such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, national and regional news titles, magazines, new digital media industries, corporate communication and many more.