About this course
UWE offers a unique, practice-based MA in Journalism focusing on a multi-media approach to news, current affairs and investigative journalism, developed in partnership with the BBC alongside sister MAs in Documentary Features and Wildlife Film-making.
Recent events have challenged UK journalists to raise their game. To meet this challenge the core modules focus on law and ethics and multi-platform production. Students complete the course by producing their own publication or programme, supported by a BBC mentor.
The course is run by a team of print and broadcast journalists with academic qualifications and long experience of the trade in the UK and internationally. They will help develop writing and storytelling skills, and teach students how to make intelligent and revealing material for print, broadcast and web media.
Working from state of the art studios on an expanding campus beside the deer park on the historic Ashton Court Estate, students will be encouraged to explore story possibilities on the streets of Bristol and in the surrounding countryside and coastal areas, as well as investigating social, political, economic, and human rights issues. There will be regular 'news days', producing radio, TV and online bulletins, and opportunities for work experience in local, national or international media outlets.
The course welcomes recent graduates, media professionals wishing to update their skills, and those from other professions seeking a career change. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a passion for their fields of interest and a strong desire to produce fair and accurate journalism that has impact.
The course is currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
Jolanta Solecka (2010 Graduate) is now working in Brussels. "Right after graduating I was offered an internship at BBC Bristol and then I went on to work as a Production Assistant for the Outreach Team. The Journalism degree gave me a fantastic start to my career. It gave me confidence and a good background from which to build my CV."
- Journalism Writing
- Media Law and Ethics 1
- Multi-media Journalism (Radio and Online)
- Production Portfolio 1
- Investigative Journalism
- Media Law and Ethics 2
- Multi-media Journalism (TV and Online)
- Production Portfolio 2
Learning and Teaching
Students will attend lectures and seminars, but most of their time will be spent under workshop conditions or out in the field producing journalistic material across multimedia platforms. They are expected to read widely and to critically appraise current journalistic practice.
Assessment is through practical work, research portfolios, a media law exam, essays and presentations.
For more detail see our full glossary of assessment terms.
The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
A new Media Hub on the Bower Ashton campus incorporates the latest industry standard equipment and technology to support studies in broadcast journalism, filmmaking and creative media. They include a 'live newsroom", and TV and radio studios.
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Journalism at UWE has been developed in partnership with the BBC which also provides work placements, internships, and guest speakers.
The UWE journalism department is also working with Made in Bristol the new local TV news channel which expects to go live in 2014, offering internships to and featuring material made by UWE journalism students
Bristol is a vibrant media city with many opportunities for work experience with the local papers, the Bristol Post and the Western Daily Press as well as new initiatives like Bristol24-7 and Filton Voice and Bishopston Voice to which UWE journalisms students contribute, alongside local radio stations including BCfm and Ujima Radio
UWE is a partner in the Pervasive Media Studio which is in the forefront of research and development of the creative technologies. The creative industries locally have their own networking organisation Bristol Media, and both the Royal Television Societyand Bristol NUJ have active local branches, organising events and annual awards for students.
The MediaWise Trust is an independent charity with an international reputation for its work on journalism ethics. www.mediawise.org.uk
The Trust assists members of the public with complaints about media malpractice; conducts research into media law, policy and practice; offers media training; and contributes to public debate about the role and impact of the mass media. It has a Media Research Library and the Trust's specialisms include coverage of children, health, minorities, and suicide as well as media regulation. The Trust offers work experience and international placements.
This popular practice-based postgraduate course offers graduates a pathway into a variety of careers in the mainstream print and broadcast media, in publishing, media production, public relations and marketing, and among non-governmental organisations.
The course encourages an entrepreneurial approach which opens the way to self-start media ventures.
For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.
For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.
Applicants should have an honours degree or equivalent, or relevant professional experience.
International applicants will require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0.
We are open for applications until 30 April 2014. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in May (telephone interviews will be conducted for international applicants).
Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if places remain available.
How to apply
Apply online using the link in the right hand column.
Admission by interview. For further information please contact the programme manager Mike Jempson, Tel: +44 (0) 117 32 84456.
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