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MA Journalism & Media Communications

MA Journalism & Media Communications

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Full time | University of Hertfordshire | 1 year | 24-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Journalism (General) Communication Studies Film / Video / Television Production

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Course Summary

About the course

This Masters course aims to prepare you in both practice and analysis of global journalism and media. You’ll benefit from our extensive links with the media industry, including the BBC and the Sunday Times, and gain a grounding in all its aspects, from fast-changing multimedia to magazines, advertising and the excitements of sports journalism. You may have studied humanities subjects and be looking to deepen your research interests. Or you may have been working in areas such as business or healthcare and need communications skills. Whatever your background, taking this MA will enhance your career by equipping you to operate effectively in a professional media environment. Our business-facing approach means you’ll be taught by lecturers with extensive professional experience of print, web design, journalism and PR, giving this MA its strong focus on your future employability. During the course you’ll explore the synergies between social media, PR and journalism, focusing on current media practice and the technologies of convergence. You’ll consider how to make communication more effective in professional settings by looking at journalism and its associated business models; learn how to interview and report on events; gain expertise in internal and external corporate communications; and analyse the impact of technology on the communications industries.

Why choose this course?

We give you: A broad range of media communications skills with a strong focus on digital media Expert lecturers widely experienced in the communications industry An opportunity to take a short work placement in a media-based environment Insights into emerging trends in the fast-changing digital media world Research and transferable skills valued by a range of related industries

What will I study?

Teaching on this course takes place mostly in weekly workshops per module, each lasting two-to-four hours, with additional online activities depending on the module. You’ll be supported by regular one-to-one supervision by academics from the University’s Media Group. Studying our MA Journalism and Media Communications you’ll be part of a diverse and international student cohort within the School of Humanities postgraduate community. Taught by experts in Journalism and Media Communications, you’ll benefit from a supportive academic community and will in addition have opportunities to attend guest lectures which, among others, have previously been delivered by journalists from the ground-breaking digital magazine Gal-dem, as well as presenters from the BBC, Channel Four, and alumni such as Talha Ahad, the founder and CEO of Pakistan’s first digital news service Centrum Media.


Employability is central to everything we do. This MA opens up a wide range of opportunities, from PR, Corporate Communications, marketing and advertising to magazines and web publications. Your creative and critical thinking, as well as the analytical, research and communications skills gained through this course, are all highly valued in a wide range of industries. Recent graduates are working internationally on The Expat and Raffy magazines in Malaysia, as well as in Corporate Communications and UK local radio.


In the first part of the module, you are introduced to corporate communication and its historic development from traditional Public Relations to an integrated Corporate Communications approach. You will then look at the ways in which companies develop and maintain a positive reputation, how to design a strong corporate identity and what are the key elements of a good communications strategy. The second part will look at a range of specialist subjects such as internal communications, branding, celebrities, sponsorship and event management. We will also discuss aspects of PR ethics and the role this plays now and in the future with an increasing focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Overall, the module aims to highlight the strong links between the corporate and journalistic aspects of media businesses, in particular magazines, and to equip you with a good range of professional communication tools.

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Entry requirements

We require at least 2:2 (or equivalent) degree in Humanities or a Business subject. Graduates with an Honours Degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level Journalism and Media Communications will also be considered.

University information

​Master your dream At Herts, the university offers a huge variety of postgraduate courses covering everything from animation to environmental management. It offers flexible study options to suit a student’s lifestyle, fantastic links to business and expert guidance every step of the way. Why choose postgraduate study at Herts? Employment prospects: 91.5% of postgraduates are in work or further study* Industry connections: Links...more