MLitt Digital Journalism


Program Description

Why this course?

Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace.

Digital technology is profoundly changing journalism, with innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting becoming increasingly prevalent.

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to produce multimedia news and features. You’ll develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to perform at a high level in the digital media world.

We aim to produce high quality, fresh-thinking graduates who have a passion to communicate and can articulate their ideas through effective story-telling.

You’ll study

You’ll work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. You’ll also:

  • pursue real-life stories
  • produce your own journalism packages
  • experiment with entrepreneurial projects
  • a report, write and edit using text, pictures, video and audio to tell multimedia stories effectively

In Semester 2, you devise, launch, produce and market your own online publication.

In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries.

Core classes

Core classes are as follows:

  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Producing Media
  • Scots Law for Journalists
  • Media Ethics
  • Optional classes

You'll choose from:

  • Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
  • Journalism & Society
  • European Political Economy
  • European Governance
  • Contesting Global Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Work placement

You’ll gain professional work experience by undertaking a placement at a newspaper, news agency or broadcast organisation.

You’re expected to arrange your own placement. This is normally for a period of up to four weeks during December/January or March/April.

Previous students have completed placements at the Herald and Times Group, the BBC, STV, the Independent, various local newspapers, company press offices and NGOs, such as the Scottish Refugee Council.


You'll work in the University's simulated news environment.

You'll report externally using mobile media and digital recorders and cameras. You'll have access to industry standard audio and video editing software.

Student Competitions

In 2013, the MLitt Digital Journalism students won the Multimedia Publication of the Year award, sponsored by the Herald, at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. The award was for their online news site, the Inner Circle.

The class of 2014 also won with their publication, The Wee G, which offers readers an alternative insight into news and current affairs in Glasgow.

Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2014

  • Sam Shedden won Student Journalist of the Year and Feature of the Year
  • Luciano Graca won Sports Story of the Year
  • Mark Simspon won Scoop of the Year and a commendation in the Feature of the Year category
  • Gillian Furmage, Christopher Morton and Stewart Ross were all nominated in various categories

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating the ability to study at Masters level. Experience in student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism.

We require three examples of your own journalism so that we can assess your reporting potential and your writing style.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £7,150
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £5,335

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £7,150
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £5,335


  • 2015/16 - MLitt: £12,155
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £12,155

How can I fund my course?

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.


Graduates of the course are employed at organisations such as:

  • the Herald and Times Group
  • the Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
  • BBC
  • STV
  • DC Thomson
  • the Daily Record
  • as well as running their own entrepreneurial ventures such as JournoWave.

Job titles include:

  • content producers
  • social media managers
  • editorial offers
  • communications officers

How much will I earn?

The average starting salary for a broadcast journalist is around £15,000 - £20,000. Starting salaries vary significantly between local and national broadcasters.*

According to the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 's 2013 survey, Journalists at Work, the average salary for a newspaper journalist is £22,250.*

*information is intended only as a guide.

Last updated Feb 2018

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