Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £16,000 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 1 year

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course offers a hands-on curriculum that allows you to develop core journalistic skills in broadcast and digital media. You will learn the technical skills to master tv, audio and digital reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you will develop your own story ideas and gather your own material through research and reporting for journalistic course work. 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 and broadcast journalism. While mainly being taught at our creative Harrow Campus, modules are also delivered at our Regent Street Campus in the heart of London allowing you the opportunity to report stories of this dynamic city in walking distance of the BBC or Buzzfeed.

The MA has been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means we provide industry backed journalism training for online, TV and radio. Our students regularly win BJTC awards, and the course has been awarded the BJTC award for excellence in teaching.

Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including BBC TV and Radio, BBC News Online, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and The Guardian, Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world.

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

As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite other media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. We support you in applying for work placements, encourage you to go to journalism events and network with professionals, and to pursue other journalism experiences. We work closely together with the charity One World Media, for example, which promotes coverage of the wider world and offers bursaries for students who wish to cover a story in a developing country for their final project.

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 course is taught over two semesters, and for the Masters students followed by the largely self-directed final project in the summer. Unlike many other journalism MAs, you can undertake an extensive practical Final Project. This could be a TV or radio documentary or a digital project. Students may 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 three to four weeks. This MA 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.

Core modules

From voice training to camera angles, we will be teaching production techniques necessary to operate daily live radio and television news and current affairs.

20 credits.

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.

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 digital storytelling and produce long-form multimedia pieces including video and audio content, and how to reach out to an audience on social media. 

20 credits.

The module allows you to develop advanced audio and video production and reporting techniques leading to the production of a short TV documentary, plus a radio feature and documentary.

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 develop the special skills and techniques of travel writing, and as well as gaining an understanding of how to liaise with and report on the travel industry.

20 credits.

You will get 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 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.

A critical study of the news media in the context of current society, the module examines different aspects of how news is created, disseminated and consumed.

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: Sports and Health and Medical Journalism (see above). Depending on demand, we will create more options; in the past, we offered lifestyle, environmental and business journalism.

20 credits.

MA students have to choose one among the following four modules, which are all individual projects:

  • Final Radio Project. You will research, compile and present your own investigative thirty minute radio documentary and provide an accompanying critical analysis.
  • Final Video Project. You will research, compile and present your own investigative twelve minute film, and provide an accompanying critical analysis.
  • Final Project Emerging Journalism. Designing and creating your own content platform, and providing multimedia content including a critical analysis.
  • Dissertation. You will undertake a substantial research project related to the study of mass media, bringing together knowledge and skills you gained from both practical and theoretical sections of the course.

60 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

Mercedes 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 one short assignment. The assignment is a discussion on how a recent UK or international news story was covered in two different media (300 words maximum).

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

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: £9,250 (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.

Additional costs 

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

 

 

International tuition fee: £16,000 (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

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.

Additional costs 

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) MA course is part of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, based at our Harrow Campus. Teaching will take part at both our Harrow Campus and in central London, at our Regent Street Campus.

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