Course details

School

Digital and Screen Media

Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year)

Course overview

Our MA Journalism is an intense programme that prepares graduates for the dynamic and competitive world of journalism and communications.

It has the rare advantage of dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This highly regarded combination, along with our impressive work placement and industry mentoring programmes, opens the doors to organisations including the BBC, ITV, and a whole network of local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations.

The Student Contract

Course information

About this course

About this course

Our MA Journalism programme provides you with all the skills you will need to work across different platforms – online, TV and radio. You will learn how to find and write news stories, interview and establish contacts. Hands- on camera, studio, editing and mobile journalism skills are taught so that our trainees are confident and competent on their industry work placements.

We also cover the increasingly important areas of social media skills, verification techniques, data journalism and analytics. Shorthand is embedded in the course and you will sit your NCTJ diploma alongside your Masters.

Awareness of professional roles, law, public affairs and the regulatory responsibilities of journalists is taught, along with a critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which the media operate. All the skills you learn come together for your Journalism Project when you can do more in-depth research on a topic of your choice to produce a multi-media project, a short video documentary or a podcast.

Our established Journalism and Media Week every year hosts nationally-recognised journalists and presenters who share their tips and advice directly with our students, allowing them to forge valuable contacts in the industry.

Accreditation

BJTC Accreditation Logo.NCTJ Accreditation Logo.

Our MA has rare dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

These are the accreditations that editors look for because they mean that the trainee has successfully completed a course that meets the 'gold standard' of journalism training. The accreditation recognises the quality of the course in developing journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry. Students sit the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism alongside their MA at no additional cost for their first attempts.

Modules

Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Core:

News Skills

An intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform. This module also includes shorthand.

Law, Ethics and Regulation

This will give you the knowledge required to become a legally safe and ethical journalist, and to follow regulatory codes.

Live Production

You will run your own multimedia newsroom, producing radio, TV and multimedia stories in real time for our own website and external organisations. This module also includes voice training.

Public Affairs

This will support the development of your knowledge in relation to British central and local government.

Professional Placement 

All trainees must complete at least three weeks of placement, including a professional newsroom placement.

Journalism Project

This is a substantial final project, which assesses both practical and academic competencies and is supported by a personal supervisor.

 

Course Structure

Due to the dual accreditation, this full-time course requires full attendance and there are lectures and workshops four to five days a week (Monday-Friday). During live production, full working days 9.00am to 5.00pm are required across several weeks to reflect the news industry environment and give you the experience of what working in a real newsroom will be like. Therefore, it is not possible to combine this course with a day job.

Weeks are allocated for professional placement from June to September, which allow trainees to transition from study to work.

As this is a very practical programme, much of the course is delivered in workshops where groups are kept small for more hands-on learning. Modules like Media Law and Public Affairs will be more lecture and seminar-based. 

SemesterModuleContact hours
1

Public Affairs

News Skills

Law, Ethics and Regulation

Professional Placement 

2 hours per week for 12 weeks

14 hours per week for eight weeks and 60 hours newsdays across two weeks

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Total of 3 hours

2

News Skills

Law, Ethics and Regulation

Professional Placement

Live Production

Journalism Project

4 hours per week for 10 weeks and 20 hours in one week across intensive shorthand weeks

2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Total of 3 hours

10 hours per week for eight weeks and 90 hours newsdays across three weeks

8 hours and 3 hours individual supervision

Learning and Teaching

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Assessment

Assessments mainly consist of coursework portfolios where you will be producing journalism of your own for different platforms including online, TV and radio studio output. Some modules are assessed through exams – for example, Law, Ethics and Regulation, Public Affairs and News Skills.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • A good honours degree (usually 2:1 or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Journalism employers like graduates with a broad knowledge so most undergraduate degrees will be appropriate.
  • Minimum English Language entry requirements: IELTS Academic 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent

          Exceptions:

          You do not need to provide evidence of your English Language if any of the following conditions apply:

Applicants are required to sit an NCTJ entry test to assess writing skills, news sense and general knowledge. If successful, applicants will be invited for interview where we want to find out more about your interest in our course and in journalism in general.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Fees and Funding

Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

How to apply

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Full time

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 31 May 2022. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Thursday 30 June 2022. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.

Why study with us?

Our MA has rare dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

These are the accreditations that editors look for when recruiting a trainee journalist because they effectively mean that the trainee has successfully completed a course that meets the 'gold standard' of journalism training. The accreditation recognises the quality of the course in developing journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry. Students sit the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism alongside their MA at no additional cost for their first attempts.

All our lecturers are experienced journalists with an in-depth knowledge of the industry. They come from a variety of backgrounds, including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and digital media, which range from local to international media. They’ve worked for national broadcasters such as BBC Radio 1 and 4, ITV, Channel 5 and Sky News, as well as international publications like Seventeen magazine in New York. Many of them still work as journalists, and they’ll use their knowledge and connections to ensure you’re prepared for a career in the industry.

Our hands-on approach to training will prepare you for your professional work placement, which you’ll complete towards the end of your degree. You’ll experience at least three weeks in a professional newsroom environment which could be at one employer or several. You can source your own placement or use our connections to arrange placements at leading media organisations such as the BBC, ITV, the Yorkshire Post, goal.com and Planet Sport. Not only are placements an invaluable way to put skills into practice, but you’ll also make valuable industry connections. Many of our students go on to work for their placement provider after graduating.

We believe that the best way to train to be a journalist, is by being a journalist. That’s why we create lots of opportunities that simulate the fast-paced newsroom environment. You’ll work as part of a news team during events like our annual Journalism and Media Week and you’ll have the chance to take part in live production projects in partnership with local radio stations and TV studios. These opportunities will connect you with top journalists, as well as allowing you to hone your journalism and communication skills in authentic newsroom settings.

Our industry-leading production spaces and equipment will help you to produce high-quality professional work across media platforms.

Find out more!

Our MA Journalism Mentoring Programme connects every trainee with a successful industry mentor. Mentors have included alumni and business partners who have worked for ITV, The Mail on Sunday, Global Radio (including Heart, Capital, BC radio stations), the BBC and the Yorkshire Evening Post to name a few. The mentors develop a personal relationship with their mentees and provide bespoke careers advice, support and some can even support work placements for their Leeds Trinity journalism trainees.

We host an annual Journalism and Media Week. This gives students the opportunity to hear from industry experts representing the UK’s leading broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and digital media outlets. Over a week of talks, workshops, Q&A sessions and networking, these experts provide a unique insight into what it’s like to work in today’s Journalism and Media industries. Past guests have included Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling, Channel 4’s Jon Snow and ITV’s lead news anchor, Nina Hossain.

The Media Centre and facilities

Our industry-leading production spaces and equipment will help you to produce high-quality professional work across media platforms.

Find out more!

The Yorkshire Evening Post says...

"The many MA graduates from Leeds Trinity who join us as trainees are ready to hit the ground running as they are NCTJ trained and have all the skills we are looking for. They have progressed into senior roles after such a strong foundation - and we value working with tutors to help the journalists of the future to flourish."

Laura Collins, Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post

Receive an alumni discount

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your MA tuition fees. 

Visit our Student Finance pages to find out more.