Taught course

Multimedia Journalism (Print and Online)

Institution
University of Westminster · PG Professional Communication
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A good first degree (equivalent to at least an Upper Second or a minimum GPA of 3.00) from a recognised university, and/or have relevant professional experience. Particular consideration will be given to mature applicants, especially those with media experience. All applicants are expected to have some form of previous media experience If English is your second language you should have a score of at least 7.0 IELTS overall with a minimum 7.0 in writing and speaking. The TOEFL equivalent is 617 in the paper-based test and 105 in the TOEFL internet-based test, including at least 24 in writing and speaking.

Months of entry

September

Course content

You will still be able to specialise in a particular medium on the course, but you will also develop a wider range of skills, allowing you to be familiarised with the way that journalists work across different platforms. This is vital for people starting out in the profession.

Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are starting it, this course will equip you with the practical and intellectual skills necessary to succeed in print, online media, multi-platform or broadcast journalism.

The course has a strong practical focus, and our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals. You are expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work , finding stories which could be local, national or international.

There's full training in using our up-to-date media resources - software, cameras and recorders, newsrooms and studios.The University is proud of its professional level facilities, and our journalism graduates emerge truly multi-skilled.. As well as being a Skillset Media Academy (www.skillset.org), the broadcast pathway of the course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (www.bjtc.info).

Many of the students, who come to us from all around the world, go on to good careers in their home countries.

With such a strong emphasis throughout on learning through 'hands-on' practice, much of your assessed course-work will be 'real' journalism , either as individual assignments or when working in small teams. Our class groups are not large, ensuring that everyone benefits fully from our excellent facilities, and from the attention of our high standard tutors. Students will regularly contribute to our journalism student news-site Westminster News Online throughout the course.

Regular classes are taught by the experienced journalists on our staff, and we also invite other media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. Lectures and seminars are also delivered by leading theoreticians from Westminster's top-rated media research group, CAMRI, Communication and Media Research Institute (http://www.westminster.ac.uk/research/a-z/camri).
The course is taught over two Semesters, three modules per Semester to Diploma level, and for those wishing to achieve the Master's qualification, this is followed by the largely self-directed Final Project in the summer months. Unlike many journalism MAs you can undertake a practical Final Project: this could be a Radio or TV Documentary, a Print Portfolio or an Online multi-media project. There is also an option for students to write a 15,000-word dissertation, if preferred.

You will have the chance to undertake a work placement, which we can help you to find through industry contacts. In recent years, through one of our unique contacts, some post-graduate journalism students have been able to serve as "embedded journalists" on Royal Navy and NATO training exercises, sometimes even reporting from on board ship. There's also the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, the University's multi-award-winning internet radio and TV station.

Information for international students

Unless a large part of your education has been in English you will need an IELTS score (or its equivalent) of 7.5 in speaking and in writing. For information on student experience, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7911 5000
Fax
+44 (0)20 7911 5788