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Master of Arts

NCTJ accredited course

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Master of Arts



    Year of entry: Sept 2020 
  • Course Type:  Full time (1 year)
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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 Journalism (NCTJ) and the British 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, The Express, Sky Sports and a whole network of local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations.

Why study with us?

Gold standard, hands-on training. Our MA has rare dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). We believe that the best way to train to be a journalist, is by being a journalist, so we create opportunities that simulate the fast-paced newsroom environment with our four newsrooms, three radio studios and two TV studios.

Learn from the experts. All your lecturers are experienced journalists with in-depth knowledge and industry contacts. They come from a variety of backgrounds including; TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and digital media, from local to international media.

Industry placements. Gain vital industry experience with leading media organisations such as Sky, the BBC and ITV. Many of our students go on to work for their placement provider after graduating, contributing to our impressive 100% employment rate for our Journalism graduates.

Get connected to a mentor. Our MA Journalism Mentoring Programme connects every trainee with a successful industry mentor to provide bespoke careers advice, support and work placements.

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Course Information

About this course >

​The MA Journalism provides a comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including; researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques, establishing contacts and shorthand. Hands-on camera, studio, editing and mobile journalism (MOJO) skills are taught so that our trainees are confident and competent on their industry work placements.

Awareness of professional roles, law, public affairs and the regulatory responsibilities of journalists are taught along with a critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which the media operate.  News skills are refined and there are opportunities to research and cover specific areas of interest to showcase a professional versatility across a range of media platforms. 

Events including Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism and Media Week, MOJO week, live production projects that partner with local radio and offer TV studio experience give our trainees access to top journalists and the opportunities to hone their journalism and communication skills in authentic newsroom settings.

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 >

Due to the dual accrediatation, this full-time course requires full attendance and thre are lectures and workshops four to five days a week (Monday - Friday). During live production, full working days 9.00am - 5.00pm are required. Therefore, it is not possible to combine this programme with a day job. Weeks are allocated for professional placement from June - September, which allow trainees to transition from study to work.

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

  • Live Production - You'll produce real news stories and features in real time for our own website and external organisations.

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

NCTJ and BJTC requirements are embedded throughout the programme.

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. 

Amy Lund, Course Leader of MA Journalism, is a Senior Teaching Fellow who is a pioneer in Learning and Teaching strategies. She has recently introduced a mentoring programme to MA Journalism which offers every student a well-regarded mentor from industry who can support the transition from trainee to journalist with real life experience and expertise.

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.​ #expand#


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.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​​.

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​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £6,500 a year for this course in 2019-20. 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 2019 – August 2020. 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.​

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

International Students:

Visit the following page for International ​Fees and Funding information. 

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa.​

Additional Costs

Journalism and Media Week

For over ten years, we’ve hosted an annual Journalism and Media Week on campus. 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. 

Graduate destinations

Year-on-year, 100% of our graduates are employed in graduate-level roles six months after graduating – and these roles are overwhelmingly in Journalism. Some alumni have gone on to work for The Express newspaper, 5Live and other graduates use their communication skills within PR marketing or digital content positions. We also work closely with the Yorkshire Evening Post who have taken on several of our MA Journalism graduates.  

Alumni Stories

​"The great thing about the course was that it was 50:50 television and radio. This not only gave great experience but also allowed me to realise where my talents were." - Katy Rickitt

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