MA in Journalism

Edinburgh Napier University

Program Description

MA in Journalism

Edinburgh Napier University

MA in Journalism

This course offers an intensive, practice-focused multimedia programme, closely linked to industry. We combine traditional methods with new and developing technologies to train you as a multimedia journalist. You’ll learn a wide range of practical skills and leave equipped with reporting and production expertise for print, online, magazine, television and radio. You’ll also develop an understanding of social media and convergence issues.

About the course

Train to become a journalist with an intensive, practical course that combines traditional methods and modern technology. It meets the demands of an increasingly multimedia industry, so you'll learn how to research and create content across a range of channels including print, TV, radio and online.

We train you to become an accomplished journalist who can make sense of fast moving situations and report a story accurately, with honesty and integrity. You'll learn through practical experience, both in our news rooms and on an industry placement, and we also support you in getting your work published and broadcast.

You'll benefit from studying in a dynamic capital city that is home to many creative industries. You'll make use of Edinburgh as a political, economic and cultural centre to provide a rich source of stories and settings for your work. You will learn a wide range of practical skills in print, broadcast and online media by taking full advantage of our industry standard newsrooms and studios. You will also gain analytical and critical skills, as well as good writing, communication, team work and research skills.

What's involved

This course is studied full-time over one year and is split up in to three trimesters. You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, specialist workshops in our newsrooms and studios, and independent study.

Trimester 1

  • Print and Online Journalism
  • Law
  • Public Affairs OR Global Affairs
  • Television and Radio Journalism

Trimester 2

  • Multimedia News Production
  • Journalism in Context
  • Magazine Publishing
  • On successful completion of trimester 1 and 2 modules you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Trimester 3

  • Dissertation or Production Dissertation

This course can also be studied part-time over two years. Note that shorthand classes are also available.

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 92.3% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2012). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

Entry to the course

The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:1 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

If English is not your first language, it is usually required that you sit an English language test in order to gain entry onto our postgraduate programmes. This course requires a higher IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score of less than 6.0 or equivalent.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
12,760 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Edinburgh, Scotland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 12,760 GBP
- Tuition fee non-EU; £6,370 - Tuition fee EU