Taught course

Broadcast Journalism: Theory and Practice

University of East Anglia · School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject.

Months of entry


Course content


This MA degree designed to give students both core practical, (interviewing, reporting, video production) and theoretical skills in the field of journalism and electronic communications – equipping them for work within the communications industry, or an academic career. Students will develop the ability to reflect critically on the nature and limitations of news coverage, gaining practical broadcast and journalistic skills. Legal and ethical legal concerns for media professionals will also be explored.


Practical sessions will include students attending and reporting Magistrates’, Crown and/or Coroners’ Courts. Taught sessions will reflect on the principles of democracy, freedom of the press, freedom of information and the public interest as these relate to broadcasting regulation.


UEA’s distinctive set of MA programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities are led by a team of enthusiastic experts who uphold the institution’s long-standing tradition of research-led, interdisciplinary teaching. Throughout this MA, staff and students work with local media to arrange work experience placements and other production opportunities; in previous years students were placed at the BBC East, Future Radio, BBC Voices, Radio Norwich, Archant and EPIC.


The careers that UEA students follow after gaining one of their MAs or Diplomas in the School of Political, Social and International Studies vary greatly, working for policy-oriented domestic or international institutions, the media, diplomacy, international marketing and business, or pursuing further postgraduate research.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515