School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Journalism
Start Date(s): September
MA (one year full-time)
PgDip (nine months full-time)
UK - £7,560
International - £13,860
- 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
- Based at MediaCityUK
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
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 be awarded a PgDip or MA degree and will have had the opportunity to achieve the NCTJ Diploma - all are important qualifications to help launch your career in the UK media industry.
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.
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.Hannah Al-Othma - School of Arts & Media Postgraduate Student of the Year 2014 - Now working as a news reporter for the Lancashire Telegraph
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 trimester 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.
You will be able to sit NCTJ examinations at the end of trimester 1 and also complete the NCTJ Portfolio during trimester 2, when you will be encouraged to sit the NCTJ's shorthand exam and pass at 100 words per minute.
At the beginning of trimester 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 trimester 3 (summer) to be submitted in mid-September.
Work placements are arranged during trimester 1 and trimester 2.
- Law and Government for Journalists
- News and Ethics
- Multi-platform Journalism
- Sports Reporting
- Broadcast Journalism
- Community Project (all pathways)
- Major Project (Multi-platform Journalism, Broadcast or Sport)