MA in Journalism

This course is designed for those who want to fast-track into a career in Journalism. This is a highly vocational award and has full accreditation from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Course outline

Staffordshire University enjoys strong links with the journalism industry and our teaching staff have many years experience of working in newspapers, online journalism, radio and television.

You will benefit from working with a team of top journalists and academics and learn how to self-operate as a multi-media journalist. Our focus is on combining theory and practice within a lively and engaging atmosphere that replicates the real world of journalism. The emphasis is on independent study, developing a portfolio and pursuing career prospects. The award follows a programme of continuous assessment and requires students to undertake a fully assessed work placement.

Students are able to sit the NCTJ qualifications in Reporting, Law, Public Affairs, Video Journalism, Production, Portfolio and Shorthand while on course.

The latest industry-standard equipment is used and stories relating to events in the local community, national politics, international affairs, sports news and celebrity gossip are all covered.


This course is accredited by the NCTJ. This means, that while you are studying your Journalism programme you are strongly advised to attain the NCTJ’s Diploma in Journalism, which employers still view above all else as a mark of professional ability and competence. In short, they are essential to help you get your first break in a career in journalism.

Our facilities

TV News Set

The news set reflects a similar set-up to that found within the broadcast industry to familiarise our students with the working practices in TV news. We have a 3-dolly camera set-up, auto-cues and an industry standard playout system with indigo mixer. This is incorporated into a fully equipped gallery with coms, a news desk and sofas set to provide a range of presentation options.

Radio Studios

All 3 of our radio studios operate with RCS Master Control, Burli, Adobe Audition and Myriad to match the commercial industry standard. The studios are fully equipped with mixing desks, mics, recording software and ISDN lines for phone interviews. These studios are used regularly in conjunction with the news days and are bookable to students for their own personal projects.

Print Newsroom

The print newsroom houses 31 Apple Machines complete with Quark, Word, Photoshop and other relevant software. The Print Journalists regularly create magazines and paper layouts for both personal and professional use. This area is used as both a teaching facility and practical workspace.

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
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5,760 GBP
Home and EU students: £5,760 per course; International students: £12,000 per course
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