|Study location||United Kingdom, London, Campus Harrow|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£15,500 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Good first degree equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours. Ideally you should have some journalism work experience, whether a short placement or more extensive professional experience.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS 7.0 in speaking and in writing or TOEFL or CAE equivalent
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
This course will equip you with all the practical and intellectual skills you need to work as a multimedia, multi-platform journalist, at the same time allowing you gain a deeper grounding in the abilities of broadcast, or written journalism. You can choose one of two pathways Print and Online or Broadcast, in order to specialise chiefly in text based journalism as print and online practitioner, or as a multi-platform broadcast journalist. All students learn the basic skills of audio, video and web reporting. The course has a very practical focus, so you are expected to develop story ideas and contacts, and gather your own material for journalistic course work. You will be given full training in using our up-to-date media resources, ensuring that you graduate from the course as a multi-skilled, multi-platform journalist. Both the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma can be taken as a part-time course over two years.
The PG Diploma and MA have been accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which means we provide industry backed journalism training for online, TV & radio. The organisation accredits a number of British journalism courses, providing the syllabus meets their requirements.
The University of Westminster itself is designated a Skillset Media Academy, Skillset being the UK skills body for the Creative Industries.
Our teaching staff are highly experienced journalism professionals, and our graduates go on to work with a variety of leading media organisations including BBC TV and Radio, national and local, and BBC News Online, ITN, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times and The Guardian, Conde Nast, and many other media houses in Britain and around the world
There’s a strong emphasis on learning through ‘hands-on’ practice, in small class groups, using our professional standard facilities. Most of your assessed course-work will be ‘real’ journalism assignments, a preparation for the new world of multi-platform journalism.
As well as regular classes taught by experienced journalists on our staff, we also invite other media professionals as guest speakers or to critique student work. We support you in applying for work placements, encourage you go to journalism events and network with professionals, and to pursue other journalism experiences. We work closely together with the charity One World Media, for example. One World Media promotes coverage of the wider world and offers bursaries for students who wish to cover a story in a developing country for their final project.
You will have the chance to air your work on Smoke Radio, the University’s multi-award-winning internet radio station, or post items onto the MA’s own news site, Westminster World.
The course is taught over two semesters, and for the Master’s students followed by the largely self-directed final project in the summer. Unlike many other journalism MAs, you can undertake an extensive practical Final Project. This could be a multi-media project or a largely print project or a TV or radio documentary. Students usually undertake their placements in the period from the Easter break to the end of the course.
These modules are taken by all students on both pathways:
Multimedia Journalism Skills: Part theory, part practice, this module takes a critical look at the concepts and techniques underpinning contemporary journalism and new media, and the surrounding issues.
Issues in journalism: You will gain an in-depth working knowledge of media law, explore the relationship between UK public institutions, and evaluate the ethical considerations which are of key concern to journalists;
Digital Journalism: Developing digital reporting techniques for news and long form pieces, run a live multi-media website with output for desktop, mobile and social media.
Many of our journalism graduates are now working in leading organisations across the world. They can be found as multi-media or broadcast journalists in Radio, TV or Online at the BBC, and at BBC bureau in other countries. They are working for the Economist or the Financial Times, in local radio, or local newspapers and websites; at other big companies such as Sky News, Al-Jazeera, ITN, and CNN, Russia Today, France 24, Globo in Brazil. You might see their faces on Central China TV, and a wealth of other TV news stations in China. Many report for Indian television companies or newspapers. There seems to be a small colony of MA Journalism (International) graduates in various media houses in Dubai, our graduates can be found in the media in the United States, or throughout Europe or Latin America, Africa or Asia. Some work at specialist sports publications and websites, and others have found a niche in business news such as at Euromoney or lovemoney.com. With many alumni pursuing successful freelance careers too, it seems there may not be many countries in the world where there isn’t a Westminster graduate working somewhere in the media.