A PPA-Accredited course that provides industry-relevant and specialist journalism training in our state-of-the-art media centre.
1 year (full-time)
2 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
MA: 180 credits
PGDip: 120 credits
Roehampton is ranked third in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2018).
Students develop a portfolio that will prepare you for employment in the journalism industry or related areas in the creative industries.
This interactive course is taught by experienced academics, many of whom have worked, or still currently work, as journalists.
Our new, state-of-the-art media facilities offer two newsrooms that replicate real working environments.
Course and Module Details
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 will also 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 your final term you'll choose between either an academic dissertation or a journalism project route – which allows you to produce a print and online magazine, replicating as much as possible the conditions, organisation and pace of the production of a real 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.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in Tuesday and Wednesday (Autumn), Monday and Wednesday (Spring).
Contact us for further information.
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.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in January, February, April or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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- View our entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- View our general entry criteria and application FAQs
If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.
If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.
Find out more on our accommodation pages.
Doing all we can to support our student's lives 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.