Taught course

Digital Journalism

Institution
University of Strathclyde · School of Humanities
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating ability to study at Masters level. Experience of student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism. English language requirements You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years. Pre-sessional courses in English are available. If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence. If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace.

Digital technology is profoundly changing journalism, with innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting becoming increasingly prevalent.

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to produce multimedia news and features. You’ll develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to perform at a high level in the digital media world.

We aim to produce high quality, fresh-thinking graduates who have a passion to communicate and can articulate their ideas through effective story-telling.

You’ll study

You’ll work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. You’ll also:

  • pursue real-life stories
  • produce your own journalism packages
  • experiment with entrepreneurial projects
  • report, write and edit using text, pictures, video and audio to tell multimedia stories effectively

In Semester 2, you devise, launch, produce and market your own online publication.

In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries.

Core classes

Core classes are as follows:

  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Producing Media
  • Scots Law for Journalists
  • Media Ethics

Optional classes

You'll choose from:

  • Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
  • Journalism & Society
  • European Political Economy
  • European Governance
  • Contesting Global Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy

Work placement

You’ll gain professional work experience by undertaking a placement at a newspaper, news agency or broadcast organisation.

You’re expected to arrange your own placement. This is normally for a period of up to four weeks during December/January or March/April.

Previous students have completed placements at the Herald and Times Group, the BBC, STV, the Independent, various local newspapers, company press offices and NGOs, such as the Scottish Refugee Council.

Facilities

You'll work in the University's simulated news environment.

You'll report externally using mobile media and digital recorders and cameras. You'll have access to industry standard audio and video editing software.

Student competitions

In 2013, the MLitt Digital Journalism students won the Multimedia Publication of the Year award, sponsored by the Herald, at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. The award was for their online news site, the Inner Circle.

The class of 2014 also won with their publication, The Wee G, which offers readers an alternative insight into news and current affairs in Glasgow.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2014

  • Sam Shedden won Student Journalist of the Year and Feature of the Year
  • Luciano Graca won Sport Story of the Year
  • Mark Simpson won Scoop of the Year and a commendation in the Feature of the Year category
  • Gillian Furmage, Christopher Morton and Stewart Ross were all nominated in various categories

Information for international students

http://www.strath.ac.uk/sees/infoint/ http://www.strath.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduatetaught/

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,000
International students
£13,000

http://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarships/

and

http://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/scholarships/humanitiessocialsciencesscholarships/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

PGDip

full time
9 months

Course contact details

Name
Marketing and Communications - PGT Enquiries
Email
hass-pgt-enquiries@strath.ac.uk
Phone
0141 444 8600