MA Journalism

Course Subject: News Journalism (Multiplatform)
Course Type: Higher Education Postgraduate
Centre: University of Salford
Region: North West England
Duration: 12 months

About the course:

If you are serious about becoming a journalist, the NCTJ accredited MA Journalism programme at The University of Salford is the place to start. You are taught by a team of experienced industry professionals at the heart of MediaCityUK alongside organisations including the BBC and ITV Granada as well as a host of other media companies. We have excellent industry links and use these to help you gain real-world experience to give you the very best chance of getting the job you want when you graduate.

You will learn the skills that you need to become an incisive and successful journalist. During the first part of this full-time programme, you will focus on core journalism skills including newswriting, digital storytelling, media law and shorthand. Then, in the second trimester, you will build on these skills as you specialise in your chosen pathway: news, sports or broadcast journalism.

A nine-month Postgraduate Diploma is also offered on this programme. Both MA and Postgraduate Diploma students work toward gaining the NCTJ Diploma qualification.

The University of Salford is the ideal springboard to a rewarding career in the media industry.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Media law court reporting
  • Sports journalism
  • Videojournalism for online
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Public affairs for journalists
  • PR and communications for journalists
  • Introduction to PR for journalists

Alumni testimonial:

"Working as a journalist at Newsquest, my experience and training from Salford has equipped me with the correct skillset to fit straight into a working, vast and busy newsroom in the heart of the North-East.

"The ability to report on inquests, court cases, council meetings, live and breaking news, has been developed through extensive training by industry experts at the university.

"In my new role as reporter with The Northern Echo, a daily newspaper which has been printed since 1870, I've been able to build a social media following and have consistently told real stories from real people.

"And without the university’s great work experience placements, it’s unlikely I would have secured such a role.

"Through participation on the undergraduate broadcast journalism and post graduate news journalism courses’, I have had the chance work within an arms-reach of industry-leaders at the likes of the BBC, ITV, Cavendish Press and Reach plc

"I have also worked with some of said organisations on a freelance basis until securing my full-time position at Newsquest.

"This opportunity to work within metres of the front door of two of Britain’s biggest broadcasters is something that really resonates with the workers you meet on local work placements.

"And yes, the university’s MediaCityUK location is important, but I genuinely believe that the training on offer from a full team of experienced journalists is something that many other universities can’t provide. Looking at the latest figures which show how many Salford journalism graduates achieved jobs in the industry, the results really do speak for themselves.

"Going forward, I am due to undertake my senior exams with the NQJ in coming months and, looking back, I am really proud to be a Salford University graduate.”

- Jim Scott, reporter, The Northern Echo

Job destinations of recent graduates include:

  • BBC Sport
  • Bloomberg News
  • LADbible
  • Manchester Evening News
  • Manchester United FC

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For admissions enquiries, please contact Ian Wood at