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MA Journalism

Course Overview

This course provides industry-relevant and specialist journalism training. Based in one of the Roehampton’s multimedia newsrooms, designed to give you the experience of working in a fully functioning and fast-paced environment, you’ll learn how to write different types of stories, design digital content and produce audio-visual journalism.

This MA has a specific emphasis on the practice of journalism and develops the skills you\'ll need for employment in the journalism or creative industries.

Key information

    Course name

    MA Journalism

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of Roehampton

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees




    Work placement


    Course location

    Roehampton Lane campus, London

Academic entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a usually with a good second-class honours degree (or above) (or equivalent) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad in a related subject. Non-graduates with appropriate professional experience or other qualifications such as a second-class degree may be accepted on an individual basis after consideration by the Programme Convener.

English entry requirements

Graduates for whom English is not the first language must satisfy the University requirement for IELTS currently at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Students who fail to meet this standard at the point of application are recommended to attend a pre-sessional English course at the University.

Assessment methods

Combination of examination, coursework and a supervised independent research project.

The programme adopts a broad range of learning and teaching strategies to ensure students' diverse needs and talents are catered for: the university uses essays, projects and presentations for assessment; and you are supported in your learning in taught sessions and individual tutorials with supervisors.

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Careers in broadcasting, journalism, publishing, professional writing, public relations and social media. The MA also functions as a pathway to a PhD for those pursuing a career in academia.


  • Legal and Ethical Journalism 
  • Social Media and Data Journalism 
  • The Journalism Business
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Journalism Portfolio
  • Multimedia Journalism 
  • Dissertation
  • Journalism Project 


Reasons for choosing this course

  • Roehampton is ranked one of the top two universities in London for Journalism and one of the top 15 in the country (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • This interactive course is taught by experienced academics, many of whom have worked, or still currently work, as journalists
  • Students develop a portfolio that will prepare you for employment in the journalism industry or related areas in the creative industries
  • The six-week industry-based work placement in London’s media hub means you’ll take your learning outside of the classroom, build a strong CV and make vital industry contacts
  • prepare students for careers beyond their programme of studies through the development of practical, technical and transferable skills appropriate for postgraduate employment


Main learning outcomes

  • You will learn how to write advanced news and features, gain an understanding of the scope of the laws affecting journalists and develop the editorial, interpersonal and self-management skills needed to work within the media industry
  • You'll examine the journalism business, have the opportunity to specialise in magazine journalism and study shorthand
  • You'll also gain practical skills such as audio and video production and photo editing. In your final term you'll choose between either an academic dissertation or a journalism project route – which allows you to work in a team to produce a magazine
  • The university has a number of dedicated multimedia newsrooms, fitted with Mac computers, a video suite and a viewing room containing industry-standard software, which are designed to give you the experience of working in a fast-paced environment. You'll be taught by a journalism team who have worked for the Daily Mail, the Guardian, Financial Times, the BBC and Reuters
  • Carrying out work placements is an important part of this course and you'll need to complete a minimum of six weeks' industry work experience. Not only will you be putting the skills you've learnt on the course into practice, you'll learn valuable new ones, build a strong CV and make vital industry contacts
  • There are visits to journalism and media organisations, such as the BBC, as well as special seminars and workshops held by industry professionals. Roehampton has links with local media organisations such as Haymarket Media Group. They also have a strong relationship with Newsquest, which, among other newspapers and websites, publishes the Wandsworth Guardian. These relationships have led to volunteering opportunities and paid internships for students as junior reporters. Students will have opportunities to learn practical skills.