Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

As part of the selection process applicants will also be interviewed and take a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) aptitude test on competency in English and an awareness of basic journalistic competencies plus a voice test. We will contact qualified applicants to arrange the interview and test.

Months of entry


Course content

The course is National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited and aims to equip you with the strong professional journalism competences and attitude necessary to achieve your career ambitions in an exciting, competitive and rapidly developing industry. It is designed to enable you to:

  • learn how to turn out crisp engaging copy against tight deadlines for print, social and digital media, radio and tv news, and how to record, film and edit material for broadcast;
  • contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies • understand the many transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional, national and global level.

You have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and knowledge during a three-week work placement before completing either a substantial journalism project or a dissertation.

Additional entry information

In the induction week, you will take a 90-minute NCTJ aptitude test on competency in English and an awareness of basic journalistic competencies, plus a voice test. On completion of these tests you will have the opportunity to discuss your options with an academic advisor.


Assessment includes NCTJ exams, term papers, portfolios of journalism, multimedia artefacts, social media, and critical reflections on practical work and examinations.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

You take Journalism, Law and Power and Shorthand (NCTJ) across the autumn and spring terms. You also take:

Autumn term:

  • Broadcast Journalism (Radio)
  • International Journalism in Transition
  • News Research and Writing
  • Shorthand.

Spring term: Broadcast Journalism (TV) and one option from:

  • Activist Media Practice
  • Animal Life and the Moving Image
  • Digital Humanities
  • First Person Film
  • Global News Industries
  • Media Histories and Cultural Change
  • Media, Culture and Communication
  • Media, Technology and Everyday Life
  • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory)
  • New Developments in Digital Media
  • New Moving Screens
  • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics
  • Queering Popular Culture
  • Research and Prototyping for Interactive Practice
  • Sound Environment (Theory)
  • Science Communication and Culture
  • The Cinematic Body
  • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: you complete your journalism dissertation and undertake a multimedia journalism project.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877538