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MA / PGDip

News Journalism

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time, two years part-time


This course prepares you to work in an editorial team to supply material across a multi-platform newsroom.  You will seek out original stories, conduct incisive interviews and produce crisp and engaging copy. You will train to be what Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez called the best job in the world – a journalist.

You will be taught by staff with extensive experience in news journalism with input from leading journalists and editors from publications across the country going from news novice to a multiskilled, multi-platform, social media savvy and highly employable 21st Century journalist.

Our agreement with the Nottingham Post gives students the opportunity to learn journalism skills on the job. Our students are gain invaluable first-hand experience working in industry and it gives the Post an opportunity to spot the best talent which is great for their newsroom  but also the city as skilled graduates are retained.

This course has been awarded the Best Performing Postgraduate Degree 2018 by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists).

Accredited by:

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What you'll study

You will be taught the essential skills of reporting, interviewing and researching, video filming and editing, and using social media as a journalist.

On newsdays you will work to tight deadlines not only reporting, but managing multi-platform news output for our inhouse media brands. You will be video and audio trained to help you produce engaging stories for our website. You’ll also explore the best ways to use social media to both find and promote them.

You will gain a solid grounding in media law, public administration and ethics and regulation. You will develop your shorthand skills to the NCTJ standard. By the end of the course you will be ready to work in a newsroom producing sophisticated and engaging multimedia journalism.

  • Modules

    Core modules

    • News Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points): You will learn the traditional skills of writing news stories and features, columns and reviews, court and council reports plus headline writing and sub-editing. The module will also teach you how to be a multimedia journalist – editing audio and video, creating attractive web pages and exploring the role of social media.
    • Media Law (20 credit points): You will acquire a full understanding of the scope and effect of media law. You will be taught to recognise the danger areas in publication, evaluating risk and amending or eliminating content. You will gain an appreciation of the impact of reporting restrictions on the work of journalists.
    • Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points): This module gives you the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the basic features, structures and operation of both local and central government. You will learn about where to find information and interviewees on political stories as you continue to develop journalistic skills and gain an understanding of dealing with press officers and spin doctors.
    • Dissertation (MA route only) (60 credit points): You will produce an academic dissertation of between 8,000 and 10,000 words on a topic related to news journalism. It will contain original research in the form of interviews with key figures in the industry.

    Optional modules

    You will also choose one of the following optional modules:

    • Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points): Provides you with an insight into key concepts and theories regarding the production and practice of contemporary journalism. You will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society. Upon this basis the module invites you to explore a range of ethical dilemmas with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society.
    • Social Media (20 credit points) This module will provide you with an insight into key concepts, theories and practice of social media as it is deployed in contemporary journalism. It combines practical exploration with consideration of theory and academic discourse, to provide a deep understanding of social media.

How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

There are a range of study modes including lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will carry out independent research to produce stories, features, columns and reviews. You will be taught how to record and edit audio and video for use online using professional standard equipment and mobile devices. And you will explore different ways to maximise your audience using social media.

We have a partnership with the Nottingham Post, where you will have the opportunity to undertake work experience and cover major news stories

You will be assessed by a mixture of portfolio work, essays, exams and presentations. MA students are required to complete the News Dissertation, which includes conducting primary research into a contemporary issue in the news industry.

Work experience

Journalism students will have the chance to contribute to Notts TV news programmes and its website, as well as volunteering on weekends and taking part in work placements. We also have placement partnerships with various organisations including Nottingham Post; Derby Telegraph; Stoke Sentinel; Lincolnshire Echo; and Birmingham Evening Mail.

Placements are an excellent means of skill-development enhancement of the knowledge and understanding you will acquire while studying here. Every newsroom is unique and it is important that students experience as many different environments as possible in order to adapt and grow as journalists.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Careers and employability

Graduates from MA in News Journalism have gone on to work for the BBC, ITN, Sky News, and national and regional newspapers across the country. As well as working as newspaper reporters, news editors, broadcast journalists and sub-editors, many graduates have secured media related positions in PR, marketing, promotions and advertising.

Graduates of this course have progressed to roles in organisations including:

  • Editor - The Shetland Times Ltd
  • Senior Media Relations Officer - South Yorkshire Police
  • PR Manager - Slimming World
  • Content Editor - Tank PR
  • Director - Fourteen Forty
  • Communications Manager - Alzheimer's Research UK
  • Senior Editor - The Wall Street Journal
  • PR and Marketing Manager - The Parks Trust
  • Senior News Reporter – NME
  • Marketing and Communications Manager - Roehampton Club
  • Public Relations Officer - University of Derby
  • Digital Sports Journalist - Sky Sports
  • Senior Media Officer - The Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Reporter/Sub Editor - Press Association
  • PR Consultant - Eden Public Relations
  • Senior Reporter  -  Johnson Press PLC
  • Digital Journalist - The Sun's
  • Sports Writer - Leicester Mercury
  • Senior Staff Writer - British Medical Association
  • Senior Reporter - Nottingham Post
  • Content Producer - BBC
  • Features Writer - Nottingham Post
  • Broadcast Journalist - BBC News Online
  • Communications Officer - East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Social Media Editor - Derby Telegraph
  • Production Editor - Future PLC
  • Freelance Digital/Video Sports Journalist - The Times, Guardian, Independent
  • Freelance Contributor/Features Writer - Bristol Post, BBC Radio Five Live, TalkSport Radio

Entry requirements

  • A  2.1 honours degree and enthusiasm for, or experience of journalism.
  • Applicants with a 2.2 and substantial experience will be considered.
  • Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Written journalism test

All journalism applicants will be asked to submit a written piece as part of their application. View written test. This will be judged against clear criteria. When assessing sample writing manuscripts we are looking for work of at least a satisfactory (pass) standard in terms of language, content, observation, structure and voice.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

How to apply

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Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

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MA News Journalism£8,200£4,100
PGDip News Journalism£5,470£2,735

All fees stated are for September 2020 entry.

Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

The Dr Pauline Polkey Scholarship

The School of Arts and Humanities will be offering two full fee scholarships for UK students who have been offered a place to study on an eligible course which starts in September 2020. The deadline for applications is 16:00 GMT on 15 July 2020.Terms and conditions apply.
Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information on how to apply.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

MA News Journalism£14,100
PGDip News Journalism£9,400

All fees stated are for September 2020 entry.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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