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Journalism

Master of Arts

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Journalism

Master of Arts

  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
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Course Overview

At Leeds Trinity, we believe journalism is one of the most exciting, demanding, interesting and rewarding careers on the planet.

The online, print and broadcast industries are highly competitive, but our excellent links with employers mean they tell us - and help us deliver - exactly what our trainees need to get a job.

We consistently deliver accomplished, legally aware journalists with multi-platform news skills, as well as the academic ability relevant for higher level research.

Our Postgraduate Journalism course incorporates all the multiplatform news skills needed for any career in journalism.

Leeds Trinty's MA Journalism is one of only four MA courses in the UK to be accredited by both main journalism accreditation bodies, the BJTC and the NCTJ.

Why study with us

The MA is a full time intensive programme designed to provide:
  • The practical skills required for multimedia journalism.
  • A comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques, establishing contacts, shorthand. 
  • The knowledge and ability to apply the legal and regulatory frameworks conditioning British journalism.
  • An awareness of the professional roles and regulatory responsibilities of journalists. 
  • A critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which news media operate.
  • The opportunity to undertake a piece of substantive independent research relevant to journalism.​​
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Course Information

About this course >

​Trainees work in dedicated newsrooms and studios and undertake a wide range of live production to hone their skills.

We continually partner with many major news organisations, including BBC North in Salford, ensuring you get access to the best quality placements, mentoring opportunities and expert industry speaker.

​​​There is a funding scheme which could help to support your studies here at Leeds Trinity – the Journalism Diversity Fund. The fund is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ-accredited journalism courses who can show they are either socially or ethnically diverse. The fund helps with both fees and living expenses.​ For more information go to the Fees and Funding tab or you can find full details about the fund here.​​​​

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The BJTC accreditation standard is based on direct and practical experience. Accredited courses are highly valued by employers as they are relevant and responsive to the operational demands of the broadcast industry.​ 

Further Study
NCTJ accredited course

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and, during the course of their degree, students on the programme take the exams which lead to achieving the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.​

Structure >

The following six modules make up the MA:

  • News Skills – an intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform. It also includes shorthand.
  • Law, Ethics and Regulation – the knowledge required to be legally safe and ethical journalists, and to follow regulatory codes.
  • Live Production – Producing real news stories and features in real time for our own website and external organisations.
  • Public Affairs – to support development of knowledge in relation to British central and local Government.
  • ​Professional Placement – all trainees must complete at least four weeks of placement in a professional newsroom environment. 

Research Methodologies and Dissertation or Applied Journalism Research Project – depending on the module chosen, you will produce either a dissertation or practical artefact plus critical reflection.​


Learning and Teaching >

At Leeds Trinity, we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum. 

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​ 

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Assessment

The MA is a full time intensive programme designed to provide:

  • The practical skills required for multimedia journalism.
  • A comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques, establishing contacts, shorthand. 
  • The knowledge and ability to apply the legal and regulatory frameworks conditioning British journalism.
  • An awareness of the professional roles and regulatory responsibilities of journalists. 
  • A critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which news media operate.
  • The opportunity to undertake a piece of substantive independent research relevant to journalism.​​

Entry Requirements >

The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree qualification – minimum 2.2, preferably 2.1.

If English is not your first language IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

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

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £6,500 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studyingFind out more

Journalism Diversity Fund

There is a funding scheme which could help to support your studies here at Leeds Trinity – the Journalism Diversity Fund. The fund is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ-accredited journalism courses who can show they are either socially or ethnically diverse. The fund helps with both fees and living expenses.

Applicants to the fund need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • provide proof they have secured a place on an NCTJ-accredited course starting in the academic year September 2016 – August 2017. Those who have already started a course are not eligible to apply – bursaries must be awarded prior to the course commencing. Please visit the schedule section for this year's deadlines.
  • must come from a socially or ethnically diverse background;
  • be a British citizen residing in the UK;
  • must be able to demonstrate a genuine commitment and potential to be a successful journalist through a range of journalism-related work experience (due to the high standard of applicants, experience on a student newspaper is not sufficient);
  • must not be in receipt of any other bursary award.

You can find full details about the fund here.​

International Students:
Tuition fees cost £11,250 for this course in 2017-18. Find out more
Additional Costs
We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • The NCTJ accreditation exams are additional to the cost of the course.

Journalism or Broadcast Pathways

Our Postgraduate Journalism courses incorporate all the multi-platform news skills needed for any career in journalism, but you can specialise in one of two pathways: Broadcast or Journalism. 

Whichever pathway you choose, you’ll be expected to produce online video, audio and written material for the course’s main website, Yorkshire Voice​.

Trainees who follow the BROADCAST PATHWAY will produce Yorkshire Voice, a regional TV news programme that showcases trainees’ television skills via a daily live webcast for two weeks. Broadcast trainees also spend a month on air with community radio station, Bradford Community

Broadcasting, during which bulletins are produced in real time, against real deadlines.

The BROADCAST PATHWAY is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Trainees following the JOURNALISM PATHWAY produce the daily news site Yorkshire Voice, as well as reporting for the print and digital platforms of Yorkshire’s biggest regional newspaper, the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP).​

Entitled ‘The Student Newsroom’, this project is the result of a partnership between YEP and Leeds Trinity University which gives trainees responsibility for a dedicated patch to report from.

The JOURNALISM PATHWAY has National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation.​​

Career progression

Recent graduates have secured jobs at Cosmopolitan, Sky Sport News online, Caters News Agency, The Dewsbury Reporter, Halifax Courier, Batley News, Wakefield Express, Press Association, Radio 4, ITV Calendar, BBC local radio and commercial radio.​

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