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Journalism and Documentary Practice MA

Journalism and Documentary Practice MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Journalism (General) Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

This MA is for you if you have a passion for news, current affairs, documentary or any aspect of factual programme-making. It offers a practical training in, and critical engagement with, journalism and documentary-making. You will learn how to: create informed and engaging journalism - for print or radio and tv (off or online) - to a professional standard; develop your visual and verbal storytelling; research, shoot and edit documentaries about the topics that interest you most; project manage, schedule, budget and distribute your documentary work; contextualise your practice through critical study of current media developments. Assessment is by: practical video/media work and supporting production documentation; term papers and critiques; practical work in either journalism or documentary accompanied by a critical reflection. The final assessment may take the form of a 15,000-word dissertation, a 20-minute documentary or a portfolio of journalism and critical work. This course equips you with the skills for a career in: broadcast and online journalism; documentary production; television production and research; the wider media and communications industry; teaching and academic research.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module you will explore documentary methods and structures though practical exercises and projects so as to develop a systematic knowledge of production within the genre. You will engage in analysis of selected historic and contemporary documentary practices to situate you own work within the field and critically reflect on it. You will gain a comprehensive overview of key concepts in non-fiction production, in particular narrative, address, point of view, montage through discussion and making. Advanced skills in research, planning, scripting, shooting and editing will be applied to self-initiated projects.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above; qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject. Students those don’t have the academic requirements, they can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.