Manchester Metropolitan University

MA/PgDip

Journalism

2017 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Taught by dedicated, experienced media professionals with extensive media experience and strong, professional contacts
  • This course will prepare you to take a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry
  • Offering flexibility and the ability to study at postgraduate level, in a subject designed to lead to employability in journalism, from any first degree
  • Learn in a vibrant and innovative environment including multimedia newsroom facilities in which talented journalism students will thrive and grow
  • There will be trips to magistrates, crown and coroners courts and council meetings.
  • A range of industry guest speakers will be invited to speak to students throughout the year
  • Work placements will introduce you to the real working environment and enable you to establish valuable contacts to assist employability
  • Emphasis on work output will enable you to amass a full and varied portfolio to present to potential employers

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement options

A mandatory two-week placement forms part of the course requirements. Tutors have a wide range of industry contacts within the North West and beyond and will actively help students find suitable work placements. The Department has a dedicated work experience website.

We also hold news days each week where students are expected to produce articles for their portfolio and the Journalism department's news website, The Northern Quota.

About the course

Learning takes place in a vibrant and innovative environment, including multimedia newsroom facilities, in which you can thrive and grow. You will be taught by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals from backgrounds including BBC TV and radio, local and regional newspapers and online news sites.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

You will undertake a range of options, alongside a work placement and a dissertation (or equivalent).

  • Journalism: News Writing
  • News Portfolio
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Broadcast Journalism (TV and Radio)
  • Public Affairs for Journalists
  • Shorthand for Journalists
  • Dissertation (or equivalent such as a series of feature articles or a radio or TV documentary)

Core Units
Journalism Dissertation

An in-depth 18,000 word research based independent investigation of a topic within the sphere of multimedia journalism, or a substantial broadcast news artefact or portfolio of feature articles including one of the following - a radio programme, a television documentary/feature, a media-related website. 

Broadcast Journalism

This unit will prepare students to work as multi-skilled researchers, reporters and producers in broadcast journalism with particular reference to radio and television. They will gain skills in the use of digital studio equipment for recording and editing, newsroom operation, studio roles and responsibilities, news styles and formats, accuracy and balance in reporting and presentation skills.

Journalism: News Writing

This unit looks at how to source, write, edit and construct news stories across a variety of platforms. The unit includes an understanding of news values, the role social media plays in news gathering, and an understanding of search engine optimisation.

Media Law and Ethics

Successful journalism requires legally safe reporting. This unit teaches students about the British legal system and regulatory bodies and their significance to journalistic output. You will learn the essential law and ethics affecting journalists to ensure you work responsibly, safely and with integrity

News Portfolio

The portfolio provides evidence that you have written a number of stories across a variety of platforms, such as print and online, in both your university studies and while on work placement. You will be encouraged to write stories for the department’s news website, the Northern Quota, for your portfolio. The portfolio is intended as a reflection of your ongoing training as a journalist and as a showcase of your ability to source a story, chase suitable contacts and write compelling copy. It is crucial to your future employability and is an electronic record of your ability to manage your professional development, as well as being an indicator of initiative and motivation on your part. The portfolio also displays evidence that you can apply critical analysis to real world situations. 

Public Affairs for Journalists

This unit imparts an understanding of how local and national government works and how journalists can hold them accountable for their actions. You will look at how Parliament operates, the EU, the NHS, why devolution matters, and how to cover elections. As part of this unit you will attend at least one council meeting.

Shorthand for Journalists

An essential requirement of the course, shorthand enables you take down instant dictation when interviewing people, and attending court and council meetings. It is a lifelong skill which will be in use daily as a journalist. You will be expected to reach speeds of 100 word per minute in Teeline shorthand. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment details

Assessment methods include exams, news writing briefs, shorthand tests – must reach speed of 100wpm (words per minute), producing radio and TV packages, and a dissertation.
All students are expected to sit NCTJ exams leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/infocomms/staff/

Typical entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree or a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a UK honours degree is required.

All applicants will be invited in for a 1-2-1 interview with the programme leader and be expected to sit an entrance test.

Applicants will be tested on grammar and punctuation, news values, news writing and news sense.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

This course aims to equip you with the multimedia skills needed to thrive in a digital news environment. Job destinations could include newspapers and websites, radio and TV newsrooms and more.

Past students from our highly successful MA Multimedia Journalism are now working at home and in some cases abroad, as:

•Newspaper reporters •Newspaper sub-editors •Magazine reporters •Feature writers •Arts editors •Music journalists •Business journalists •Broadcasters •Online writers and editors •Press Officers

Read a graduate profile

Danella Campbell, MA Multimedia Journalism 

Course Enquiries

For general enquiries, entry requirements, fees, accommodation and more, please contact the course enquiries team.

Questions about the course content can be directed to, postgradjournalism@mmu.ac.uk.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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