Postgraduate study
Media & Journalism

MA Journalism

This course offers graduates from all disciplines the opportunity to gain the professional qualification they need to pursue a career in the news industry.

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  • within 1 year

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  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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    Media at Teesside

    Studying at Teesside is the perfect route into the media profession.


You develop skills in research and writing as well as engaging with contemporary debates around the news and media industries. Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, this programme incorporates the professional qualifications required to work as a newspaper journalist in the UK.

Working with an academic team that includes professional journalists who have worked for some of the biggest news organisations in the world (BBC, Independent newspaper, News Corporation, Mirror Group Newspapers), it teams the National Council for the Training of Journalist pre-entry qualification with academic study examining the news and communications industries.

The course is primarily taught in Teesside's purpose built newsrooms, working in live journalism environments. Students are offered the opportunity to specialise in web based, print, radio and television formats.

Journalism Diversity Fund
The NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training. You can apply for a bursary if you are from a socially or ethnically diverse background but have no financial means to support yourself on an NCTJ-accredited course. You must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on our MA Journalism. Full eligibility criteria apply.
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Professional accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists logo This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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You learn news values, news story construction, news writing, and how to make audio and video for websites, as well as studying relevant aspects of law and public administration, and gaining competence in shorthand. You engage in reflective practice which will inform your future personal and professional development as a journalist. For your final degree project you undertake a self-conceived piece of independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. The dissertation is designed to give you the opportunity to pursue an aspect of a field of journalism and the news industries which you find particularly interesting, and to develop a more specialised understanding of it.


Core modules

Advanced Law and Regulation

You study the essential British law required to work as a professional journalist. You expand and deepen your understanding of legal concepts including privacy law, contempt of court, bankruptcy, confidentiality and sector-specific standards including the Independent Press Standards Organisation Code of Practice. Taught sessions are supplemented with external visits – you can hone your understanding and application of the legal frameworks and processes essential for coverage of courts, inquests, tribunals, council meetings and related public and judiciary contexts.

Content Production

Designed for students with limited journalistic experience, this advanced module provides an intensive setting for students to develop key content creation, planning, and audience targeting skills across platforms. It allows you to explore different media values, agenda-setting and utilising digital space. It enables you to explore ways to gather, communicate and disseminate information in dynamic ways through your own media practice. In the process of refining and updating production and editorial techniques, you will be encouraged to discover your most distinctive strengths in both incumbent and emergent fields, platforms, and technologies. Students on the MA Journalism (NCTJ ROUTE) will start shorthand training.

Final Project (Dissertation)

You undertake independent research and produce an extended essay under the guidance of a nominated supervisor. You can pursue an aspect of either public relations, journalism or the media communications industries that you find particularly interesting and want to develop a more specialised understanding of it. 

Journalism and Democracy

You engage with the workings of a modern democracy. In particular you explore how the structures and systems of local government, central government and other public institutions impact on the practice of professional journalists. You undertake a freedom of information request, analyse data to draw appropriate conclusions, make use of your findings in a piece of journalism for any medium, platform or audience while honouring the Independent Press Standards Organisation Code of Practice, and critically reflect on the process. You also take part in a visit to a local council meeting.

Professional Development in Communications

You bridge the gap between postgraduate work and the professional world by developing key employability skills such as sector-specific CVs and interview techniques. You also build contacts with journalism, public relations and digital media practitioners to help enhance your career opportunities.

Researching Communications

You engage with key contemporary issues and debates in a converged multimedia news and communications landscape. You develop a systematic and critical understanding of the transition and convergence of the media industry, journalistic and public relations practice, with emphasis on digital innovation. You explore how market forces, media ownership, journalistic and communications practice, audience and technology can impact on producing and disseminating journalism, public relations and communication.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You approach the discipline of journalism from both a practical, professional perspective and a critical, analytical point of view. The programme develops reflective practitioners with sophisticated transferable skills, and the ability to take responsibility for their own future learning and development. You are therefore expected to read, research and produce media products, such as online stories, video and audio, in your own time. In taught sessions you experience a range of learning and teaching strategies to help you form both a theoretical and a practical understanding of the field of journalism. Your understanding of the subject is developed through workshops, seminars, group work and by producing content for our Tside website. You also get the opportunity to contribute to professional news publications and organisations through a work placement of your choice.

How you are assessed

National Council for the Training of Journalists logo You are assessed on a portfolio of practical journalism across a range of media platforms, essay assignments and examinations.

Career opportunities

A qualification and experience in journalism opens up a vast range of opportunities in all areas of the news and media industries, as well as associated disciplines such as public relations and copy writing.

Graduates have forged successful careers in Sky, the local and national press and BBC Radio.

Entry requirements

Each applicant is evaluated on an individual basis and their level of achievement, experience and appropriateness for the degree properly assessed. You should normally have a good honours degree (at least a 2.2) in a subject related to the field of study.

All candidates will be required to attend an informal interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information


  • within 1 year

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  • 2 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384019

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