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Journalism Innovation & Leadership MA

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Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Journalism (General) Management Of Change & Innovation Leadership

Course type


Course Summary

This flexible, part-time Postgraduate Certificate and MA programme is tailored to news innovators eager to lead. And leaders eager to innovate. By growing their competence, their confidence, their networks as well as their career options.

The Journalism Innovation and Leadership Programme offers a?flexible?learning plan?that will equip forward-thinking media professionals to successfully lead teams, projects and organisations in an increasingly complex and competitive media landscape.

This programme gives you the choice to earn a Postgraduate Certificate in 30 weeks over one year or an MA in 70 weeks over two years - all while remaining in your current work role.

This?course?is?for you if you want to:

Challenge organisational effectiveness and create?agile?strategies to drive transformation?and resilience?

Develop an advanced data?mindset?and?the skills?to gain insights about?audiences?–?and to act on them?to enhance performance?

Understand how to adapt newsroom workflows, organisational structures and mindsets to meet changing demands


Develop the?practical?knowledge to manage innovative projects and?diverse?teams?

Explore?innovation methods such as design thinking and co-design?

Stress test new business and revenue models for news?in an increasingly complex and competitive market

Think deeply about what the issues shaping journalism today means for us all tomorrow

Build the?personal and professional?competencies?to grow?your?team, your?organisation – and?your career.

Why study with us

The Guardian University Guide 2022 shows we remain amongst the best. We are ranked No 1 in the North West and No 2 in the UK for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

Tap into a senior industry mentor focused on helping you achieve your potential. Whether you choose to complete the 30-week PGCert over one year or the 70-week MA over two years.

To support the next generation of diverse news leaders we offer tuition-fee scholarships funded by the Google News Initiative (GNI) and International Media Support (IMS), the Denmark-based media development agency.

Future careers

The Journalism Innovation and Leadership programme aims to foster the next generation of diverse leaders and innovators our industry needs to thrive.


Successful news organisations need effective, innovative leadership. This module takes the perspective that leadership is to be found in the many rather than the few. Therefore, the aim of the module is to help you recognise and develop your inherent leadership qualities, and have regard for the leadership qualities of others, whether these are peers and work colleagues, or those in formal positions of leadership responsibility. Rather than emphasise leadership generally, looking at histories and typologies of leadership theory, the approach is practical and straightforward. Looking at leadership in news organisations from this perspective will make you more effective in your role, and more prepared for future leadership responsibilities. This module aims to present students with an overview of the problems and influences shaping the journalism industry today. It will draw on the expertise of the course team, along with a range of key guest speakers and research reports to inspire and inform. It will offer a springboard and enable students to reflect on their aspirations for learning and their long-term career development. Students will work towards a consultancy for a journalism firm as a company or executive brief detailing market opportunities, how organisations should be responding and make recommendations based on emerging landscapes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£945 per 20 credits

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a strong interest in the challenges facing journalism and its leaders and submit a 250-word statement that describes your daily duties, the relevance of the programme to your career, your goals for the course and how you will apply the learning in context I Degree: undergraduate degree in journalism or a related media subject at least 2:1 or evidence of professional journalism or media industry experience (normally five years) I IELTS: score of 7 or equivalent I Applicants will also be interviewed either in person or via electronic means I GCSEs: Maths and English at Grade C/4 or equivalent such as Level 2 functional skills in Maths and English

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in contemporary postgraduate learning. A modern institution with nearly two centuries of educational heritage, UCLan was established in 1992 but can trace its roots all the way back to 1828. There are currently around 200 postgraduate courses on offer, designed to equip students with industry-ready skills and prepare them to excel in the...more

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