Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £10,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Whether you have already begun your career in journalism, or you are planning to start it, this course offers a hands-on curriculum that allows you to develop your core journalistic skills. You will learn to master a broad variety of media formats from writing and reporting to social media and video. Besides writing, the course emphasises contemporary digital skills which will place you in high demand in an ever-changing world of content creation and distribution. Being partly taught at Regent Street Campus in the heart of London you will get the opportunity to report stories of this dynamic city in walking distance of the BBC or Buzzfeed. You will be given full training in using our up-to-date media resources, ensuring that you graduate from the course as a multi-skilled journalist being competent in digital media and written journalism and in video.

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means beside written journalism we also offer you industry backed journalism training for online video and broadcast providing voice training, camera skills and editing. Our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including The Guardian, The Evening Standard, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, or Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world.

Many of our students have won journalism awards, and we have twice been awarded a BJTC award for excellence in teaching as our teaching staff are all experienced journalism professionals who have worked for The Guardian, The Independent or Conde Nast and other media outlets.

There's a strong emphasis on learning through 'hands-on' practice, in small class groups, using our professional standard facilities. Most of your assessed course-work will be 'real' journalism assignments, a preparation for the exciting world of contemporary journalism.

As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. We support you in applying for work placements, encourage you go to journalism events and network with professionals, and to pursue other journalism experiences.

You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, the University's multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto the MA's own news site, Westminster World.

The PG Diploma course is taught over two semesters. Students are asked to undertake placements in the period from the Easter break to the end of the course to gather further work experience in a news or current affairs production company of usually two to three weeks. The Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course (daytime) over two years studying two days a week after initial more intense orientation weeks.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Please note: not all option modules will necessarily be offered in any one year.

Core modules

Part theory, part digital practice, this module teaches students to understand and apply the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism in a digital environment.

20 credits.

Combining writing with digital media and video, this module teaches you the skills and techniques of writing news stories, profiles, features, reviews and scripts and who to transferring written content into digital storytelling.

20 credits.

You will gain an in-depth working knowledge of media law, explore the relationship between UK public institutions, and evaluate the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists.

20 credits.

You will learn to write, record and produce long-form multimedia pieces including video and audio content, and how to reach out to an audience on social media.  

20 credits.

Optional modules

You will explore the history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in different parts of the world, as well as carrying out your own investigation.

20 credits.

You will create a magazine by producing content, design and layout as an editorial team in order produce both a glossy and an electronic version.

20 credits.

You will develop the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and gain an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.

20 credits.

You will be taught in-depth knowledge of digital tools to build and design digital content, and will be encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial view.

20 credits.

You will get in-depth knowledge of health and medical journalism to be able to master the role of a specialist correspondent and discuss ethical aspects relevant for health journalism.

20 credits.

You can explore in depth the role of the specialist correspondent, and develop specialist reporting techniques to provide a number of 'multi-platform' pieces of journalism. Currently we are offering two choices depending on demand: Sport journalism. Depending on demand, we create more options; in the past, we offered lifestyle, environmental and business journalism.

20 credits.

You will be taught to critically study news media in the context of current society, the module examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.

20 credits.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by Broadcast Journalism Training Council, BJTC.

Course Leaders

Portrait of Mercedes Bunz

News is happening all around us. The important trick is to make it be seen, heard and understood.

Dr Mercedes Bunz

Senior Lecturer

Mercedez is joint Course Leader and Senior Lecturer. Before coming to the University of Westminster, Mercedes was the technology reporter of The Guardian and lead the online team of the Berlin based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. She currently organises the research seminars of the university’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), and has authored The Silent Revolution: How Digitalization Transforms Knowledge, Work, Journalism and Politics without Making Too Much Noise, and The Internet of Things with Professor Graham Meikle.

Mercedes wrote her PhD in Media Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar, and studied Art History and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin.

 

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Steve Hill

Senior Lecturer

Steve is joint Course Leader and Senior Lecturer. Steve worked as a journalists for The Independent, Sunday Express, New Statesman, and Computing magazine. He co-authored, with Dr. Paul Lashmar of Sussex University, Online Journalism: The Essential Guide (SAGE 2014) and is now writing a book on Mobile Journalism with Paul Bradshaw.

Steve studied politics at University of the West of England, Bristol and has a Postgraduate Journalism Diploma, a Master's in Media Practice and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. He was previously a lecturer in electronic publishing at Southampton Solent University.

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Portrait of Steve Hill

Journalism is an exciting field to work in. Our course teaches students the practical skills they need to thrive in that field.

Entry Requirements

You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you are expected to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and speaking.

Within the UKPASS application we require two short assignments; the first should explain why you have decided on a career in journalism (250 words maximum). This is different from the Personal Statement where you explain why you wish to pursue the course. The second assignment is an analysis of how a recent international or UK news story was covered across a variety of media (300 words maximum).

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You should hold a good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience. You will also need a good understanding of the media and current affairs. Unless a large part of your education has been in English, you are expected to have an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing and speaking.

Within the UKPASS application we require two short assignments; the first should explain why you have decided on a career in journalism (250 words maximum). This is different from the Personal Statement where you explain why you wish to pursue the course. The second assignment is an analysis of how a recent international or UK news story was covered across a variety of media (300 words maximum).

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Careers

Though designed to prepare you for a career in journalism, this course could also lead to a career in public relations, communications, or any other professional pathway which requires effective communication skills, and the use of convergent media.

Our graduates work in journalism and content production as editors, reporters, producers and successful freelancers. They have gone to work as editors with BBC News, written cover stories of The Guardian, have become producers at CNN and overlook the content output of a fashion brand or an NGO. Both pathways are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

We assist students to get work placements during the course, provide career advice, arrange network events, and keep close contact to potential employers.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Journalism and Mass Communication

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £10,500 (Price per academic year)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

The vibrant home of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, the Harrow Campus offers one of the richest portfolios of creative industry research and learning in Europe. The recent redevelopment of the campus has seen the creation of fluid, informal learning spaces, dedicated project and gallery spaces and a revamped library. 

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