MA Journalism – Ulster University

Ulster University’s MA in Journalism is the only university programme on the island of Ireland accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Run in partnership with the news industry its graduates since its inception in 1997 work all over the globe including BBC, CNN and ITN. The course provides the skills and knowledge to enter the profession both locally and internationally.

The course, run in Coleraine an hour from Belfast, provides a thorough grounding in the practical skills involved in reporting, editing and design. Students learn in the university’s new £6.5m digital newsrooms, audio and 8K TV studios. Law and public affairs are also taught. Students also benefit from the course’s international links with the Global Journalism Investigative Network (Washington) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (US) and international reputation for hostile environment training.

Those applying should normally hold an honours degree in any subject from a recognized further or higher education institution or an equivalent qualification. However, relevant professional experience will be taken into account.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Shorthand for journalists
  • Public Affairs for journalists
  • Media law court reporting
  • Videojournalism for digital platforms
  • Editing skills for journalists
  • Journalism for digital platforms

Job destinations of recent graduates:

  • BBC Northern Ireland digital
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • ITV
  • UTV
  • Belfast Live
  • Fermanagh Herald

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