Course Overview

UK Fees £1,200 *
International Fees £1,900 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

This course offers a hands-on curriculum that allows you to develop your core journalistic skills in print, online and social media management.  

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 that will place you in high demand in an ever-changing world of content creation and distribution. These practical skills are underpinned with training in media law, ethics and regulation. 

Whether your passion is current affairs, arts and culture, investigative features, travel, fashion, sport – or you are still deciding, our aim is to help you to find your first job in journalism. 

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

While mainly being taught at our broadcast studio facility at Harrow Campus, modules are also delivered at our Regent Street Campus in the heart of London. This allows you the opportunity to report stories of this dynamic city within walking distance of the BBC, CNN and 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, CNN, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, Rolling Stone, and Cosmopolitan magazine 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. Most of your assessed coursework will be 'real' journalism assignments and you will take part in a number of mock newsdays. 

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. 

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 Master’s students is 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. 

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

20 credits.

MA students have to choose one among the following:

  • Emerging Journalism Final Project (60 credits). Designing and creating your own content platform, and providing multimedia content.
  • Final Journalism Project (60 credits). For this project you will produce to a professional standard a themed series of articles in a publishable format, including the use of multimedia techniques.

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.

Introduction to the skills, techniques and role of the specialist writer/reporter.

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.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1).

Applicants who don’t meet the minimum criteria, but have relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to include a link to one sample of their own published work in their personal statement. This could be a sample of writing (in English), video or audio output (e.g. a blog post, a published news article, YouTube video or similar).

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in the speaking and writing.

Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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

A minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1).

Applicants who don’t meet the minimum criteria, but have relevant work experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to include a link to one sample of their own published work in their personal statement. This could be a sample of writing (in English), video or audio output (e.g. a blog post, a published news article, YouTube video or similar).

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 in the speaking and writing.

Applicants are required to submit one academic reference.

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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 multimedia software.

Our graduates work in journalism and content production as editors, reporters, producers and successful freelancers. They have gone to work for BBC News, Vice UK, freelance for The Guardian, CNN, Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone India. Students have also secured jobs in PR and other areas of publishing.

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 media networking events and keep close contact with potential employers.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
  • discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • write effective CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our career consultants
  • gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster.

Journalism and Mass Communication

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

Find out about the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £1,200 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £1,900 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each 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 postgraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

Our Multimedia Journalism (Print & Online) 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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