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Journalism
Postgraduate course
MSc

Journalism

Overview

Whether you are starting your career in journalism or are an experienced reporter looking to get to grips with a changing industry, this is your opportunity to sharpen the skills now demanded by employers.

You will develop your understanding of the very latest communication tools and technology while you engage with social media, search engine optimisation, crowd sourcing and user-generated content. You will also focus on the traditional media platforms of newspapers, television and radio.

This was the first journalism course in England to be taught from within a business school, providing students with access to our extensive contacts in industry. You will be able to take advantage of these links as you report on new developments, expanding companies and high-profile business leaders in a thriving city. You will also benefit from our contacts with an array of media organisations offering invaluable work placements and employment opportunities. Previous students have enjoyed work experience with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

We encourage you to get hands-on journalism experience and our previous students have enjoyed work placements with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated newsroom and both television and radio studios.

We have a dedicated employability and placements office to support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your work - whether it be editorial, audio or video. Through our multi-media Student Journalism Website you will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a dedicated newsroom with the latest Apple Mac Technology, television and radio studios, portable radio studios for outside broadcasts, microphones and high-definition cameras.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.5 or an equivalent award. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Hannah Robinson

Careers

Hannah Robinson
Trainee Journalist Hull Daily Mail

MSc Journalism

“In today's news gathering operations, you need to be able to work both in print and digitally. Having undertaken the news and feature writing modules on my course, I know exactly how to write a feature when I need to and I am just as comfortable when I have to sub-edit some news copy.

Modules & learning

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Develop page layout and editorial design skills and gain an appreciation of why sub-editing and design are crucial elements in the production of any printed media publication, website or multimedia application.

Develop the craft of professional writing for a range of magazines, newspapers and websites, with a particular emphasis on technology and science journalism.

This module considers media law in a UK, European and international setting, and shows how media, human rights and ethics are intertwined.

Gain an understanding and critical awareness of journalism principles and practice in a rapidly evolving, diverse, global and technologically-driven media.

Learn the core values and practice of journalism, including sourcing, gathering and writing news stories. You will produce news and feature stories using research and interview techniques in a newsroom setting.

You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Negotiated Skills Development

Develop the techniques needed in a world that is increasingly reliant on online media platforms. You will produce articles and gain an awareness of the opportunities presented by digital media.

Develop the core skills required to be a public relations professional, including planning, presentation and writing

Digital, Audio & Video

Sean Dodson
Sean Dodson
Course Director
Sean has previously written articles specialising in the social uses of technology and has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Design Week, The South China Morning Post and The Sydney Morning Herald.
I believe in journalism's power to improve democracy and society. The profession has taken a knock recently, but I see that as all the more reason to develop a newer, more ethical journalism - and a university without the constraints of the media industry, but with connections to it, is the perfect place to be.
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MSc Journalism

Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

  • Media Suite
    Media Suite

    The Media Suite gives you access to our TV Studio, Control Gallery, Radio Studio and Newsroom & Editing Suite in the Rose Bowl.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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The Rose Bowl, City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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