Taught course

Journalism and Documentary Practice

Institution
University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (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

Months of entry

September

Course content

This MA is for you if you have an interest in news, current affairs and factual production in both print and broadcasting media. It offers both a critical engagement with, and a practical training in, journalism and documentary-making. This course enables you to:

  • master skills and techniques in researching and writing news and feature stories for print and online platforms, as well as subediting and print news design
  • 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
  • obtain a professional competence in researching, planning and producing documentary films, including those dealing with current affairs
  • conduct critical and theoretical analyses of documentary practices.

Documentary tuition takes place at Sussex, with excellent dedicated and state-of-the-art media facilities. At the end of the course, you have the opportunity to apply all your skills and knowledge to produce a substantial documentary film or a journalism portfolio under the supervision of an experienced member of faculty.

Assessment

Assessment is by term paper, practical video/media work and production, documentation and critique, as well as portfolios of journalism with critical reflections. The final assessment, a major research project, may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation, a 20-minute documentary or a portfolio of journalism and critical work.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 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 tab.

Autumn term: Documentary Practice • International Journalism in Transition • News and Feature Writing.

Spring term: Advanced Journalism Skills • Global News Industries • Research and Project Development for Documentary Practice.

Summer term: you either undertake a digital documentary project, a dissertation (journalism) or a journalism project.

Information for international students

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/3591/33369#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/3591/33369#fees
International students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/3591/33369#fees

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60
Dissertation40 (18000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Services
Email
mfm@sussex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1273 877538