Taught course

Journalism

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism, Media and Performance
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

Degree: Applicants require 2:1 or 1:1 or an equivalent overseas qualification in related subject such as English or Politics or a foreign language.

Applicants will need a very good standard of written English and in normal circumstances, a good speaking voice.

Applications with non-standard qualifications or relevant work experience and to show knowledge or enthusiasm and commitment which may be demonstrated by a record of relevant work experience.

IELTS: Score of 7.5 or equivalent in all four elements of reading or writing or speaking and listening.

Months of entry

September

Course content

We produce outstanding journalists with the technical and practical skills needed to tell the stories that matter. If you want to learn how to produce news and current affairs for radio, television and online/digital audiences, our MA Multimedia Journalism course is exactly what you’re looking for. We’re accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), so you’ll benefit from a hands-on, challenging and highly relevant pathway into the journalism industry.

Our emphasis is on ‘learning by doing’. Working in our newsrooms, you’ll use industry-standard equipment and workflows, learning how to produce and present stories, reports, interviews and packages for digital, television and radio platforms.

You’ll experience live location reporting, voice and presentation training, filming and editing while getting to grips with the digital and social media skills the industry demands. Work placements are a core element of the programme and we’ll also equip you with a thorough, rigorous understanding of media law, public administration and ethics.

Why study with us

  • We have more than 30 years' experience of successfully teaching and training postgraduate journalists ensuring you benefit from a huge network of supportive alumni, working throughout the industry.
  • You’ll be taught by former and current journalists, who will share a wealth of knowledge and skills with you.
  • Experience live newsdays, producing and reporting for radio, television and online/digital.

What you'll do

  • You’ll learn by doing as you get to grips with making compelling stories for radio, television and digital platforms within a supportive, safe and friendly environment.
  • Share your stories with a real audience through our very own news website.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to research and produce a wide portfolio of stories across all genres, including current affairs, sport, culture, politics and music.

Learning and assessment

You’ll benefit from having access to industry-standard technology and multimedia facilities. They include:

  • Six fully-equipped newsrooms
  • Three radio studios
  • Television studio and adjacent gallery
  • Broadcast production areas
  • Video editing suites
  • Live news feeds from the Press Association
  • Industry-standard workflows.

At the beginning of the course you’ll get an intensive introduction to practical journalism and undertake training in practical skills such as filming, editing, recording audio, writing and presenting in front of the camera.

Once you’ve got to grips with a host of new digital skills, you’ll take part in broadcast news days and cross-platform events with other trainee journalists.

We’ll assess you in a variety of ways, including:

  • Production of live news days
  • Editing and producing digital material for a website
  • Production of pre-recorded packages
  • Writing and interviewing assessments
  • Academic essays
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Formal exams
  • Coursework

During the course you’ll undertake an extensive work placement which will enhance your skills and knowledge as well as looking great on your CV.

Towards the end of the course you’ll be asked to demonstrate your practical skills and critical understanding by producing an extended independent project.

Industry links

Through our partnerships with local and national broadcasters and digital news organisations, you’ll have opportunities to undertake placements and gain invaluable work experience, as well as guest lectures and masterclasses with industry professionals.

Further information

BAFTA Scholarship

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) offers scholarships to British citizens in financial need who will be starting an eligible course. Applicants for the MA Multimedia Journalism programme will be eligible to apply.

In addition, overseas students from Mainland China or Hong Kong are also eligible for a BAFTA Scholarship to study in the UK.

More information on the scholarships can be found here: 

UK Scholarships

China Scholarships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400