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 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 are as follows:
Scots Law for Journalists
You'll choose from:
Investigative Journalism: History & Theory
Journalism & Society
European Political Economy
Contesting Global Governance
Comparative Public Policy
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.
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
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)
the Daily Record
as well as running their own entrepreneurial ventures such as JournoWave.
Job titles include:
social media managers
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.