MA in Journalism


Program Description

At Leeds Trinity, we believe journalism is one of the most exciting, demanding, interesting and rewarding careers on the planet.

The online, print and broadcast industries are highly competitive, but our excellent links with employers mean they tell us - and help us deliver - exactly what our trainees need to get a job.

We consistently deliver accomplished, legally aware journalists with multi-platform news skills, as well as the academic ability relevant for higher level research.

Our Postgraduate Journalism course incorporates all the multiplatform news skills needed for any career in journalism.

Leeds Trinty's MA Journalism is one of only four MA courses in the UK to be accredited by both main journalism accreditation bodies, the BJTC and the NCTJ.

Course Benefits

The MA is a full-time intensive programme designed to provide:

  • The practical skills required for multimedia journalism.
  • A comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques, establishing contacts, shorthand.
  • The knowledge and ability to apply the legal and regulatory frameworks conditioning British journalism.
  • An awareness of the professional roles and regulatory responsibilities of journalists.
  • A critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which news media operate.
  • The opportunity to undertake a piece of substantive independent research relevant to journalism.


The following six modules make up the MA:

  • News Skills – an intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform. It also includes shorthand.
  • Law, Ethics, and Regulation – the knowledge required to be legally safe and ethical journalists, and to follow regulatory codes.
  • Live Production – Producing real news stories and features in real time for our own website and external organizations.
  • Public Affairs – to support the development of knowledge in relation to British central and local Government.
  • Professional Placement – all trainees must complete at least four weeks of placement in a professional newsroom environment.
  • Research Methodologies and Dissertation or Applied Journalism Research Project – depending on the module chosen, you will produce either a dissertation or practical artifact plus critical reflection.

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism, and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasize learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.

Graduate Destinations

As of 2014, 100% of our Journalism graduates were employed in the industry before the end of the course for the third year running. Recent graduates secured jobs at Cosmopolitan, Sky Sports News online, Caters News Agency, The Dewsbury Reporter, Halifax Courier, Batley News, Wakefield Express, Press Association, Radio 4, ITV Calendar, BBC local radio and commercial radio.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirement is a good honors degree qualification – minimum 2.2, preferably 2.1.

If English is not your first language IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.


We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however, the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • The NCTJ accreditation exams are additional to the cost of the course.
Last updated Jul 2018

About the School

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