Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Specialist 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.

Course modules

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.

Assessment methods

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 GBP 9,000 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 GBP 9,000 per Whole course (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus CF23 6XD Wales

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