Taught course


University of Roehampton · Department of Media, Culture and Language

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Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Non-graduates with appropriate professional qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by Programme Conveners.

Months of entry


Course content

Based in one of our multimedia newsrooms, the course is designed to give you experience of working in a professional environment.

This MA has a specific emphasis on the practice of journalism and develops the skills you'll need for employment in the journalism or creative industries.

You will learn how to write advanced news and features, gain an understanding of the scope of the laws affecting journalists, and develop the editorial, interpersonal and self-management skills needed to work within the media industry. You'll examine the journalism business and have the opportunity to specialise in magazine journalism.

You will also study social media and data journalism, and explore content creation and the distribution of news via social media. In digital reportage, you will focus on content production within the digital media.

You will gain experience in audio, multimedia and video journalism, as well as developing basic editing and sequencing skills, and an understanding of audio-visual hardware and software. In your final term you'll choose between either an academic dissertation or a journalism project route – which allows you to produce a print and online magazine, replicating as much as possible the conditions, organisation and pace of the production of a real magazine.

We have a number of dedicated multimedia newsrooms, fitted with Mac computers, a video suite and a viewing room containing industry-standard software, which are designed to give you the experience of working in a fast-paced environment. You'll be taught by a journalism team who have worked for the Guardian, Financial Times, the BBC and Reuters.

Carrying out work placements is an important part of this course. Not only will you be putting the skills you've learnt on the course into practice, you'll also learn valuable new ones, build a strong CV and make vital industry contacts.

There are visits to media organisations, such as the BBC, as well as special seminars and workshops held by industry professionals. Roehampton has links with other media organisations, such as Haymarket Media Group, national and regional newspapers and websites.

This course has been accredited by the PPA.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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