Journalism (MA)


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  • Roehampton is ranked third in London for Journalism  (Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • This interactive course is taught by experienced academics, many of whom have worked, or still currently work, as journalists.
  • Students develop a portfolio that will prepare you for employment in the journalism industry or related areas in the creative industries. 
  • The industry-based work placement in London’s media hub means you’ll take your learning outside of the classroom, build a strong CV and make vital industry contacts.
  • Accredited by the PPA
  • Study in our brand-new, state-of-the-art media facilities – find out more.


This PPA-Accredited course provides industry-relevant and specialist journalism training. Based in one of our multimedia newsrooms, the course is designed to give you experience of working in a professional environment.

This MA has a specific emphasis on the practice of journalism and develops the skills you'll need for employment in the journalism or creative industries.

You will learn how to write advanced news and features, gain an understanding of the scope of the laws affecting journalists, and develop the editorial, interpersonal and self-management skills needed to work within the media industry. You'll examine the journalism business and have the opportunity to specialise in magazine journalism.

You'll also gain practical skills such as audio and video production and photo editing. In your final term you'll choose between either an academic dissertation or a journalism project route – which allows you to work in a team to produce a magazine.

We have a number of dedicated multimedia newsrooms, fitted with Mac computers, a video suite and a viewing room containing industry-standard software, which are designed to give you the experience of working in a fast-paced environment. You'll be taught by a journalism team who have worked for the Guardian, Financial Times, the BBC and Reuters.

Carrying out work placements is an important part of this course. Not only will you be putting the skills you've learnt on the course into practice, you'll also learn valuable new ones, build a strong CV and make vital industry contacts.

There are visits to media organisations, such as the BBC, as well as special seminars and workshops held by industry professionals. Roehampton has links with other media organisations, such as Haymarket Media Group, national and regional newspapers and websites.

This course has been accredited by the PPA.

In the autumn term, you will learn about the legal and ethical aspects of journalism, covering concepts such as libel, confidentiality, copyright and privacy. You will also explore media regulation. You will develop your advanced news and feature writing skills, as well as learning how to sub-edit a range of copy for print and online. Plus, you'll also produce your own journalism portfolio.

In the spring term, you'll study social media and data journalism, and explore content creation and the distribution of news via social media. In digital reportage, you will focus on content production within the digital media. You will gain experience in audio, multimedia and video journalism, as well as developing basic editing and sequencing skills, and an understanding of audio-visual hardware and software.

In the final term, you'll choose between a dissertation and a journalism project. The Journalism Project route will give you an in-depth understanding of the way magazines are organised, developed and produced, as well as an insight into the rapid evolution of magazines into multimedia products. You will get to produce a print and online magazine, replicating as much as possible the conditions, organisation and pace of the production of a real magazine.

Here are some examples of modules you may study as part of this programme:

Legal and Ethical Journalism
Journalism Portfolio
Social Media and Data Journalism
Feature Writing and Long-Form Journalism
Digital Reportage
Journalism Enterprise and Employability

Compulsory modules
Dissertation (academic route) OR Journalism Project (practice route)


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

Careers in broadcasting, journalism, publishing, professional writing, public relations and social media. The MA also functions as a pathway to a PhD for those pursuing a career in academia.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.

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