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 calls 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.

Study Details:

MA/PGDip 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
  • Dissertation (MA route only) (60 credit points):
  • News Journalism Skills and Digital Production (60 credit points)
  • Media Law (20 credit points)
  • Public Affairs for Journalists (20 credit points)
  • Transnational Media Governance (20 credits):

Optional modules

You will also choose one of the following optional modules:

  • Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points)
  • Social Media (20 credit points)

Programme Funding

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

Student Destinations

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.


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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. 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.

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