Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport

Based at MediaCityUK
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Journalism: News/Broadcast/Sport at Salford


Study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus adjacent to the BBC and ITV


Learn from lecturers with strong journalism backgrounds and undertake placements in the industry


Receive a diploma from the National Council for Training of Journalists

Course Summary

This course has been designed to help you find challenging and rewarding work in journalism.

During your time with us, you will learn the skills that you will need to become an incisive, thoughtful and successful journalist.

As well as a general professional grounding in journalism, you will also be able to specialise in your second semester in print and online journalism, broadcast journalism or sports journalism, depending on which pathway you choose in your second semester.

Upon graduation, you will receive a degree and NCTJ Diploma, both of which are essential if you want to find work in the UK news industry.

Hannah Al-Othman
School of Arts & Media Postgraduate Student of the Year 2014
Now working as a news reporter for the Lancashire Telegraph

"I chose to study at Salford because not only is the MA course one of the top NCTJ accredited courses in the country, but it also offers such good hands-on work experience placements.

"I was also attracted to Salford because of its proximity to Manchester – the undisputed capital of the north – which is just minutes away from MediaCityUK.

"Both the teaching I received at Salford and my work placements set me in good stead to work as a journalist, and I started a job as a news reporter just days after finishing my course.

"I’m currently working for a regional two-edition daily newspaper, the Lancashire Telegraph. I love my job – I’m constantly out of the office chasing stories, and every day is different. I cover a wide variety of stories, but I have recently started taking on some work from the Crime Reporter, which is really interesting. Some days I go to court, some days I attend briefings with senior police officers, and sometimes I go out to crime scenes.

"But whatever I happen to be doing, I am always putting into practice and building upon the newswriting , newsgathering, and other valuable skills that I learned at Salford. My tutors at Salford were fantastic, and gave me a real passion for journalism, and that enthusiasm has never left me."


Watch our video

Lecturer and journalist Paul Broster talks about the MA Journalism and his own industry experiences from our MediaCityUK campus.

Course Details

This is a highly intensive course and only for you if you are fully committed to becoming a working journalist, particularly in the UK. You will study modules closely aligned with the NCTJ syllabus so that you are also able to pass seven components of the NCTJ Diploma, such as Media Law and Reporting. During semester 1, you will study the basic skills of writing news in print, broadcast and online formats. These key skills are supported by study of media law and also ethical practice to encourage you to become a highly aware journalist. Intrinsic to this course are daily sessions of shorthand, a traditional skill still valued by the modern news industry, including broadcast organisations.

Course Structure

You will be able to sit NCTJ examinations at the end of semester 1 and also complete the NCTJ Portfolio during semester 2, when you will be encouraged to sit the NCTJ's shorthand exam and pass at 100 words per minute.

At the beginning of semester 2, you will be able to take one of the three pathways in news, broadcast or sports journalism. However, you will be able to gain the NCTJ qualification, irrespective of the pathway you choose.

Once you pass the Postgraduate Diploma, you are eligible to study the optional MA Major Project in semester 3 (summer) to be submitted in mid-September.

Work placements are arranged during semester 1 and semester 2.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or graduate diploma.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with a written element of 8.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any band).

Suitable For

This course is highly intensive and you will need to attend four days per week. It is designed to make students employable, particularly in the UK news industry.

Applicant profile

The continuing high reputation of the course depends on the quality of teaching and learning and the calibre of graduate. We interview all qualified applicants, who also sit an aptitude test. Only those most committed and determined to become journalists will thrive on this course.


The majority of the course is delivered mainly through workshops and students are assessed mainly by coursework and projects, with some formal examinations.


80% Workshops and 20% Lectures.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

All tutors, full and part-time, are highly regarded journalists with print, broadcast or online backgrounds.

Course leader Martin Hamer has worked for BBC News, BBC Sport, the Press Association and national, regional and local newspapers during a 32-year career in journalism. He is an online expert, published author and a former Programme Leader in Digital Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Ian Wood joined the University in 2014 after more than 20 years working in newspapers, pioneering advances in digital newsrooms. He is a former Deputy Editor of the Manchester Evening News and Editor of The Plymouth Herald.

Caroline Cheetham has print and broadcast experience in local and regional newspapers, plus national BBC radio. She still works regularly for BBC national radio, is a health feature writer for the Daily Mail and a news freelance for The Sun.

Andrew Lindsay is an experienced news and sports journalist and broadcaster who has worked for ITV and the BBC. He began his career in local newspapers before becoming a respected reporter and presenter.

Specialising in breaking major stories from the field and investigative journalism, Andrew Fletcher is a very experienced news reporter, as well as being a presenter for both BBC and ITV.

Paul Broster, the Director of Journalism here at Salford, is a highly experienced national and regional news and features journalist. He still freelances for national dailies, including The Sun and Daily Express.


Careers range from newspapers to radio and TV, websites and the public relations sector.

Career Prospects

Thanks to our strong links and close proximity to them, many of our graduates are now employed by the BBC, working for news and sports output across radio, TV and online.

In February 2010, a graduate of this course was awarded one of 15 BBC news traineeships, from a field of 2,000 applicants. This year two graduates became news reporters with the Manchester Evening News and another gained an internship with CNN. Another works for Manchester's leading news agency and one more graduate works full time for Others enter public relations where companies value the core journalistic qualification offered by the course.

Alumni Profile

Steve Feekins

Editor (English language),

The reason I chose the University of Salford for my MA Journalism course was primarily the move to the new facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, and we were the first cohort to work at the campus. I believed this would offer me opportunities, what with the presence of the BBC and other media outlets who were joining the project.

I was not disappointed. After gaining an unpaid placement at BBC Radio Manchester, I successfully made contacts and found paid work with BBC Radio Five Live, which led to casual work for BBC Sport Online during London 2012.

That opportunity to be part of a large sporting event has certainly helped me in my role with FIFA’s Digital department. I went out to Brazil for the Confederations Cup and I hope to be part of the team working in the country for the upcoming World Cup.

After developing my basic writing skills, I specialised in sport, and the match reports I produced in Brazil are a direct result of the lessons I learned at MediaCityUK. Indeed, key facets of my job were honed during my MA course, from the legalities of tweeting to over two million followers on the @FIFAcom account, to asking international footballers the right questions. The lessons and qualifications I picked up at the University of Salford will continue to help me throughout my career.

Todd Fitzgerald

Reporter, Manchester Evening News

The course provided me with everything I needed to walk into a real newsroom and succeed.   

Thanks to the expert teaching, live news days and exceptional support, I left the university equipped to go straight into my dream job.   

The digital training on offer at Salford is vital to understanding the changing world of journalism - embracing the importance of a web-first approach is the most important string in any reporter's bow in this drastically evolving profession.   

A year later, I couldn't be happier - I'm doing what I love for a company I really feel a part of; and it's all thanks to the fantastic team at the university.   

Enrolling on the course was the best decision I ever made.

Natasha Johansson

Researcher Radio 5 Live and BBC News Online

Studying for an MA in Journalism at the University was quite possibly the best thing I ever did.

The course not only equipped me with the skills I needed to break into the industry, but encouraged me to develop my own original ideas and grow in confidence as a journalist.

I made the most of the University's incredible location and connections by working for the BBC, MEN and various music magazines - and since graduating have become a researcher at BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News Online. It's a dream come true - and I have Salford's hardworking and incredibly supportive staff to thank.

Links with Industry

You will have the opportunity to engage in work placements at North West newspapers, including the Manchester Evening News and leading broadcast organisations. The course works closely with the BBC, ITV, Key 103 Manchester Evening News, Bolton News and weekly publications. Students' stories are published by these newspapers.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time InternationalMA: £12,500 PgDip: £8,336
Full-time PgDip£4,736

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section


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