Taught course

Journalism (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · School of Film, Media and Communication

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task. All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content


Whether it's providing the public with trusted information, holding leaders to account or countering "fake news" and misinformation, journalists have a key role to play in a democratic society.

Gain the skills, knowledge and qualification you need to succeed in roles such as journalist, news editor, press officer and communications officer with this online Journalism Master's.

Course highlights

  • Learn the professional skills and knowledge needed in the era of digital news and media in areas such as video editing, media law, data analysis and people management
  • Gain academic credit towards Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (including 100wpm in shorthand)
  • Apply your skills and boost your CV with at least 10 days of work experience with a publisher or communications company
  • Use the latest professional software including Photoshop, Indesign and Premier Pro
  • Learn from teaching staff who have professional experience with titles and organisations such as the Financial Times, News International and Portsmouth News

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.

Career support

You'll benefit from:

- Networking events

- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events

- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council

- Workshops to enhance your employability skills

- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair

- 1-to-1 appointments

- CV and cover letter advice

- Interview preparation and practice

- Support starting your own business

Careers and opportunities
When you complete the course successfully, you'll have the skills and knowledge to communicate important issues to the public in the digital world. You'll also have a portfolio you can use to demonstrate your talents to potential employers.
Roles you could work in after the course include:
  • journalist
  • news editor
  • social media manager
  • press officers
  • communications officer
Typical employers may include:
  • online and print newspapers
  • broadcasters
  • magazines
  • PR agencies
  • corporate communications agencies
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

University Admissions Centre