Taught course

Journalism

Institution
Teesside University · School of Arts and Media
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis and their level of achievement, experience and appropriateness for the degree properly assessed. Applicants should normally have a first or 2.1 in a recognised undergraduate programme. All candidates will be required to attend an informal interview, including a test of your written English and knowledge of current affairs. In the event that this poses a problem, arrangements can be made for telephone or Skype interviews and for online testing. All candidates will be required to attend an informal interview, including a test of your written English and knowledge of current affairs. In the event that this poses a problem, arrangements can be made for telephone or Skype interviews and for online testing. For additional information please see the undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements in our admissions section www.tees.ac.uk

Journalism

Months of entry

September

Course content

This course is for graduates of disciplines such as social sciences and humanities wishing to pursue a career in journalism.

You develop skills in research and writing as well as engaging with contemporary debates around the news and media industries. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this programme incorporates the professional qualifications required to work as a newspaper journalist in the UK.

The NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training. You can apply for a bursary if you are from a socially or ethnically diverse background but have no financial means to support yourself on an NCTJ-accredited course. You must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on our MA Journalism. Full eligibility criteria apply.

What you study

You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites, as well as studying relevant aspects of law and public administration, and gaining competence in shorthand. You engage in reflective practice which will inform your future personal and professional development as a journalist. For your final degree project you undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. The dissertation is designed to give you the opportunity to pursue an aspect of a field of journalism and the news industries which you find particularly interesting, and to develop a more specialised understanding of it.

How you learn

You approach the discipline of journalism from both a practical, professional perspective and a critical, analytical point of view. The programme develops reflective practitioners with sophisticated transferable skills, and the ability to take responsibility for their own future learning and development. You are therefore expected to read, research and produce media products, such as print stories, video and audio, in your own time. In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and a practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for our Tside website. You also get the opportunity to contribute to professional news publications and organisations.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on a portfolio of practical journalism across a range of media platforms, as well as a range of presentations, essay assignments and examinations.

Career Opportunities

A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries, as well as associated disciplines such as public relations and copy writing.

Information for international students

For further information please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Fees and funding

For information on funding please visit our website www.tees.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work20
Professional practice20
Dissertation20

Course contact details

Name
School of Arts and Media
Email
arts@tees.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1642 384019
Fax
+44 (0)1642 384099