De Montfort University
This course offers a combination of theoretical and practical study and training. Taught by highly-experienced, qualified journalists, the course emphasises the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) syllabus and exams, in a programme designed especially for postgraduates students. Successful students will gain 2 complementary qualifications. Those who pass all the NCTJ exams gain the NCTJ Diploma and satisfactory completion of all aspects of the course leads to the Postgraduate Diploma/MA, which may be awarded with merit or distinction for exceptional candidates.
Applicants should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2.2 minimum) and be able to demonstrate a commitment to a career in journalism. You should have relevant knowledge and awareness of current affairs, and also a minimum of 1 week�s work experience in a professional newsroom. Exceptionally, and where you meet the minimum entry standards of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), applications will be accepted from non-graduates. It is anticipated this would apply to mature entrants with acceptable and relevant work experience. All candidates must complete a written application, which will form the basis for selection for interview. At the interview stage you will be asked to take NCTJ tests in the use of language and current affairs. Those who complete the tests successfully will progress to panel interviews. English language requirements: IELTS 7.5 with no component below 5.5 or equivalent. For progression to the MA, students must complete a satisfactory research proposal.
Students follow the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) syllabus, and most, depending on the pathway chosen, will take NCTJ exams in law, public affairs, journalism and shorthand. Those on the specialist pathways also take modules in sports reporting, sub-editing and magazine journalism. There is a taught module on issues in contemporary journalism, with subject matter ranging from marketing techniques to ethics, running through both semesters. Students are also offered training in, and encouraged to become conversant with, new technologies and media.
The course is highly intensive and comprises 8 modules which run through each semester. You are also expected to undertake a substantial amount of journalistic work on your own initiative � especially in the 2nd semester. Exercises can take place between 9.00am and 9.00pm Monday to Friday, and occasional weekend or later working may be required. There are 2 key strands of assessment. One is the NCTJ diet of exams, for which there is substantial preparation, including mock exams. The other is assessment for the MA, which includes continuous assessment such as traditional essays, seminar presentations and projects. In the 2nd semester you will produce multi-platform publications and cover your own patch of the city, producing an extensive body of real-world work. If you choose the MA option you will undertake additional work in research methods and submit a final dissertation in September.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||£ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees)||1 years|
|MA||Full-time||£ 12,700 per Academic year (overseas fees)||1 years|
|MA||Full-time||£ 4,500 per Academic year (EU fees)||1 years|
|PgDip||Full-time||£ 4,500 per Academic year (home fees)||9 months|
|PgDip||Full-time||£ 12,700 per Academic year (overseas fees)||9 months|
|PgDip||Full-time||£ 4,500 per Academic year (EU fees)||9 months|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Leicester Campus||Leicester||LE1 9BH||East Midlands|
0116 250 6070