Taught course


University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Entry requirements

An upper second or first class degree from a British institution (or the equivalent from an overseas institution). Applicants should demonstrate involvement with and knowledge of the journalism industry, usually by evidence of work experience and/or involvement with their university's student newspaper. Mature students and candidates with non-standard qualifications will be considered. Applicants may be invited to interview and should send copies of their journalism work with their applications.

Months of entry


Course content

This flexible and dynamic programme equips students with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to work in a modern digital newsroom. It gives students an awareness of the journalist's role in a changing media landscape enabling them to respond to the challenges and opportunities this entails.

The flexible modular programme allows students to design an MA to their own interests. It is aimed at variety of applicants. Some may have a first degree in another subject, but want a career in journalism. Others may have a journalism degree and are aiming to extend their skills through an MA, or, it could appeal to the mature student seeking to develop an understanding of journalism and the industry. In short, the MA Journalism programme can be designed to meet all needs.

The modular structure also has pathways through that lead to our industry-accredited awards MA Broadcast Journalism, PGDip Broadcast Journalism.

  • Newsroom practice
  • Digital Journalism
  • Either a standard 40 credit project module or an extended 60 credit project module.

Compulsory for students who do not have a journalism degree or demonstrable journalism industry experience are the following:

  • Practical Journalism
  • Law for Journalists

The decision whether students need to take these modules rests with the course leader.

Optional modules from:

  • Digital Publishing Landscapes
  • the Modern Journalist
  • Videojournalism
  • International News and Media
  • Specialist Writing such as business journalism or investigative reporting
  • Publishing Project
  • Journalism Theory
  • Enterprise and Professional Practice
  • Public Administration and Public Relations modules
  • You can also choose a 40 credit Photography Portfolio Development module. (Shorthand may be available as an additional 10th module.)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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