Journalism Studies

MA, 1 year, full-time

This is for you if... you want to take a critical, vocationally-oriented approach to the study of journalism and its role in contemporary society.

Course Description

Studying our MA in Journalism Studies will enable you to take a critical, vocationally-oriented approach to the study of journalism and its role in contemporary society. You will gain an in-depth understanding of both the practical and theoretical approaches to journalism and the news industry. During the course you will explore the social, political and cultural contexts in which news is produced through core modules which provide foundational knowledge and optional modules that offer you opportunities to explore more specialised areas of journalism studies.

You will be taught by academics who are leaders in the fields of news and journalism studies and you will benefit from their expertise in all aspects of the degree. The course equips you for further study to PhD level, or for a career in political or public communication.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
Media and Communication
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Why Leicester?

One of the UK's longest established academic centres for communication and media studies, we are internationally recognised for our innovative research.

You will be taught by experienced tutors and leading researchers in the field.

In 1978 the University of Leicester launched the UK's first Masters Degree in the field of media and communication.

Our research work is being supported by major government and international organisations.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Semester 1

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Core modules

  • Comparative Journalism Studies
  • Extended Report

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminar discussions and individual tutorials. Your teaching will be led by academics who are leading researchers in the fields of news and journalism studies and you will benefit from their expertise in all aspects of the degree.

You will be assessed in each module through a combination of journals, reports, essays and online assignments. In addition, you will complete a research-based extended report on a topic of your choice, working under the expert guidance of your supervisor as you undertake extensive independent research.

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualification.

A first degree in one of the Social Sciences would provide a good grounding for study in this specialist area.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility?

     


  • This is the total course fee.

    Starting in 2016

    • £15,880

    Starting in 2017

    • To be confirmed
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.

Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Journalism Studies MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
Course
Journalism Studies
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability