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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Journalism (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Take the fast track to a career in journalism with our highly vocational MA. Our News Days and work placement opportunities will give you the skills necessary to launch your journalism career.

On our Journalism MA, you’ll work with a team of top industry professionals and academics, and learn how to self-operate as a multi-media journalist. Our focus is on combining theory and practice in a lively and engaging atmosphere that replicates the real world of journalism.

Our teaching staff have many years’ experience of working in newspapers, online journalism, radio and television. You’ll have access to industry-standard equipment throughout your studies.

You’ll undertake a fully assessed work placement and have an opportunity to visit several leading London newsrooms, including Sky News, Sky Sports News, ITV News and The Daily Telegraph, which is included in the course fees.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA Journalism.


After completing the Journalism MA, you will be equipped to take senior job roles in journalism, such as:

  • Content Marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Press Officer
  • Social Media Officer/Manager
  • Print Journalist
  • Publishing Editor
  • Sub-editor

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.


We know that everyone learns differently. So, not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, but we also use problem- based learning to help you apply your skills.For this course, you will:

  • Work with others on group work
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops
  • Be expected to study independently
  • Be required to undertake 120 hours of work placement

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


13 months

Start date



Journalism Studies - Core
An Introduction to Broadcast Journalism - Core
Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues for Journalists - Core
Government, Politics and Journalism - Core
Specialist Journalism Placement - Core
Research Project OR Dissertation - Core
Convergent Newsdays - Core
News Reporting - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a minimum 2:1 BA honours degree, but candidates with a 2:2 may be invited to interview. Mature students can be considered based on experience.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more

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