Taught course

Journalism and Documentary Practice

University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

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

Months of entry


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 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 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.

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

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

Fees and funding

UK students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/media-film-and-music/journalism-and-documentary-practice-ma

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


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
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