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MA Multimedia Journalism

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

In the ever-changing media landscape, core journalistic skills are more at a premium than ever. The mix of broadcasting and online writing in this intensely practical course sharpens the defining elements of cutting-edge journalism. Using professional-standard studios and newsrooms, you’ll be encouraged to take key roles as editors, news editors, convergence editors, and reporters on all of our media outlets. 

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the UK’s largest industry-backed higher education training body for multiplatform, broadcast and mobile journalism, this course will provide you with the necessary skills to undertake a successful career in this fast-paced industry.

  • Develop your skills in news writing, TV production, radio production, digital production, photography and web content management
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of media regulation, issues with press and broadcasting freedoms and approaches to the role of journalism and journalists, along with ethical dilemmas and professional codes of conduct
  • Build specialist knowledge through your choice of optional units
  • Attend weekly seminars structured in a news day format where you’ll learn how to produce your own radio and TV bulletins and packages
  • Produce a portfolio of eye-catching, strikingly original stories to present to potential employers
  • Publish your work on The Breaker, the news and features site run by BU’s MA Journalism students
  • Benefit from BU’s close industry links through a three-week work placement with a major news organisation
  • Learn from award-winning journalists with experience in local, national and international news 
  • Our graduates have gone on to work with a variety of organisations including the BCC, Sky, Sky Sports, CNN and many more.

Learn more about our journalism courses from Dr Karen Fowler-Watt, Senior Principle Academic.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, January 2021, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

1 year full-time with compulsory 3-week placement (September start), 16 months full-time with compulsory 3-week placement (January start)

Accreditations:

Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in each component of speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

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Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

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Placement opportunities

An exciting and valuable part of your studies with us is the opportunity to spend at least three weeks on a placement at one or more professional news organisations, where you'll develop your understanding of journalistic practices. The organisation you work at will be approved by a supervisor, and you'll produce a reflective account of your experience.

The Faculty of Media & Communication has a range of established, high-profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities. Organisations our students have previously worked with on placements include the BBC, the Press Association, Sky News, Associated Press and The Independent.

Your application

The ways in which we select our students are socially inclusive, and we have a broad mix of international and UK students studying with us. The course suits new entrants to the profession and those wishing to extend their skills across different media, at home and abroad.

As part of your application, we want to know about you and why you think journalism is valuable and distinctive in the evolving globalised world, and how you adapt to stress and creative pressures. We are also very interested to know how you think technology links to the work of the modern journalist.

Of course we need to know of any journalism experience you have had or any experience that shows your suitable skills in communication and sharing ideas. A special interest or passionate commitment to international issues or sports can be useful to inspire your journalism.

Entry requirements

Careers

In this course you'll cover radio, television, print and online journalism, which will prepare you for a fast-changing industry where emphasis is placed on multi-media.

Given the range of skills they develop through this course, our graduates have gone on to work across various media and often make rapid progress into senior positions.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

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