MA Multimedia Journalism

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Overview

This course provides a direct route into 21st century journalism. Graduates of all disciplines are equipped with knowledge and skills in journalism through intensive practical training and tuition.

Designed to meet the requirements of media employers in the UK and beyond, the course is taught by dedicated staff with media and industry experience, and strong professional connections. You will benefit from a mandatory placement providing key networking opportunities and enhancing your employability.

The course will prepare you to take a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry where you will explore the global potential of multi-platform news and features publishing. You will learn how to cover any story for print, web, TV or radio, and how to adapt a story from one medium to another. The emphasis on your work output will enable you to amass a full and varied portfolio to present to potential employers on graduation.

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Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

On successful completion of the course, you will be ideally placed to pursue a career at the forefront of multimedia journalism as a multi-skilled reporter or presenter.

Our past students 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 and •Press Officers.

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Danella Campbell, MA Multimedia Journalism 

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a lower second class UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline.

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English Language proficiency.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

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.

  • Journalism Professional Practice (including ethical reporting)
  • Media Law 
  • Broadcast Skills
  • Online Journalism 
  • Convergence and Work Placement
  • Dissertation (or equivalent such as a series of feature articles or a radio or TV documentary).

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Core Units

Broadcast Skills

This unit prepares you to work as multi-skilled reporters, presenters and producers in broadcasting.

Convergence and Work Placement

The unit addresses the challenges facing journalists operating in today's fast changing media environment, reflecting on this and offering practical experience through a mandatory work placement with a media organisation. We will help you source a placement for two weeks at a newspaper, magazine, or in an online or broadcast environment. 

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. 

Online Journalism

Online journalism featuring newsgathering, production and distribution, computer assisted reporting, user generated content, multimedia and interactivity, social media, web design and editing. This unit will develop skills in online design and production. In particular, it will develop students knowledge on: Web development including text, graphics, audio and video; principles of design and writing for the web; effective content management; harnessing the qualities and strengths of the online medium; online in context; overview of history and development of web technologies, online and social media; ownership and access including IPR; analysing online journalism; future technological developments.

Journalism Professional Practice

This unit will help you learn the main skills of journalism professional practice - to write, interview, and work as a journalist. 

Media Law

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.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Placements 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.

Students are expected to produce articles for their portfolio and the Journalism department's news website, The Northern Quota.

Journalism, Information and Communications

Our Journalism, Information and Communications section provides courses in the areas of information, library and information management, digital media, web development, communications and multimedia journalism.

The department’s history goes back nearly 70 years and it has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, working collaboratively with industry to develop partnership agreements in the public sector.

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Taught by experts

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.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1542 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

In addition to tuition fees, a registration fee of £1,500 is payable in year 1.

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Any trips out as part of the taught element of the course will be funded from within the department. Students are required to undertake a work placement in the Summer term - this is usually for a period of between 2 weeks and 4 weeks, and they will need to fund their own transport i.e. getting to and from the placement and any additional costs for their work placement.

Professional Costs

No membership of outside bodies is required for the course. Students may, if they wish, take up student membership of the National Union of Journalists at a cost of £30 for the duration of the course. This entitles them to a press card.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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 postgraduate 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.

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You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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