Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Journalism

MA Specialist Journalism at Cardiff Metropolitan University is taught by academic staff who are both practitioners and researchers. This distinctive degree is aimed to support you while you develop your journalistic skills and techniques within one of the following specialisms: film, music, fashion or sports journalism. The course has a strong employability focus allowing students to combine journalistic techniques and perspectives with practical vocational skills, which are reinforced by work placements. Whether for professional development purposes, to enhance your freelance career, or as your first step into the world of journalism, the MA will help you gain the knowledge and confidence to be a specialist journalist. We have expertise across a number of fields and our academic community is vibrant and dynamic with strong industry links. One of the great strengths of the programme is its flexibility. MA Specialist Journalism can be studied either full or part time. Modules can be taken individually, allowing you to control the pace and depth of your postgraduate study. Programme delivery is also enhanced by the university's commitment to e-learning. *This programme is subject to validation for September 2017 entry and the information provided may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality. Course Content

Entry requirements

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Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Applicants should usually have a first or upper second-class honours degree, in a relevant subject. Students that meet the criteria will be invited for interview. Selection Procedure: Application form, CV, submission of a journalistic portfolio and interview (the interview can be conducted via Skype or telephone).

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Applicants should usually have a first or upper second-class honours degree, in a relevant subject. Students that meet the criteria will be invited for interview.

Selection Procedure:
Application form, CV, submission of a journalistic portfolio and interview (the interview can be conducted via Skype or telephone).

Course modules

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Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

Core Modules: Critical Issues in Contemporary Journalism This core module will provide students with an understanding of the changing landscape of the contemporary journalism industry. Research Methods in Journalism This module aims to provide the practical skills necessary to function as a successful journalist, with the focus on acquiring core skills in researching, interviewing and writing for both print and online platforms. Core Writing This module will provide students with the key skills required to write as journalists and then focus those skills on their chosen specialism. Core Broadcasting This module will provide students with the key skills to become broadcast journalists and adapt those skills to their specialist field. Work Placement Students will take up a work placement in a relevant media organisation. Dissertation This module allows students to create a journalistic portfolio from their chosen specialism. Option Modules Film Journalism; Music Journalism; Fashion Journalism; Sports Journalism; In this module students decide on one specialist subject area, study the nature of journalists' work in their chosen field, and also produce longer feature articles aimed at specifically targeted audiences.

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Core Modules:

Critical Issues in Contemporary Journalism
This core module will provide students with an understanding of the changing landscape of the contemporary journalism industry.

Research Methods in Journalism
This module aims to provide the practical skills necessary to function as a successful journalist, with the focus on acquiring core skills in researching, interviewing and writing for both print and online platforms.

Core Writing
This module will provide students with the key skills required to write as journalists and then focus those skills on their chosen specialism.

Core Broadcasting
This module will provide students with the key skills to become broadcast journalists and adapt those skills to their specialist field.

Work Placement
Students will take up a work placement in a relevant media organisation.

Dissertation
This module allows students to create a journalistic portfolio from their chosen specialism.

Option Modules
Film Journalism;
Music Journalism;
Fashion Journalism;
Sports Journalism;
In this module students decide on one specialist subject area, study the nature of journalists' work in their chosen field, and also produce longer feature articles aimed at specifically targeted audiences.

Assessment methods

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert

We have a variety of approaches to assessment across the degree depending upon the module. All practical modules are assessed through portfolios of journalistic work and accompanying critical essays in which you are required to reflect on your journalism and to contextualise your work. These modules also include class-based formative peer-assessment in the form of practical workshops. These do not count towards your final grade but the sessions do help you grow and reflect as a specialist journalist. Modules also make use of Virtual Learning Environments for assessments and you may be asked to view material online and then to respond to it. You will receive tutor support in class and through our VLE in order to prepare you for each assessment point. We also have library facilities online and at campus.

MA

We have a variety of approaches to assessment across the degree depending upon the module. All practical modules are assessed through portfolios of journalistic work and accompanying critical essays in which you are required to reflect on your journalism and to contextualise your work. These modules also include class-based formative peer-assessment in the form of practical workshops. These do not count towards your final grade but the sessions do help you grow and reflect as a specialist journalist.

Modules also make use of Virtual Learning Environments for assessments and you may be asked to view material online and then to respond to it.

You will receive tutor support in class and through our VLE in order to prepare you for each assessment point. We also have library facilities online and at campus.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (EU) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (England) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Northern Ireland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Scotland) 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2017 GBP 500 per Module (Wales) 2 years

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