University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Journalism and Documentary Practice

The course is for you if you have an interest in news, current affairs and factual production in both print and broadcasting media. It offers both a critical engagement with, and a practical training in, journalism and documentary-making. This course enables you to: master skills and techniques in researching and writing news and feature stories for print and online platforms, as well as subediting and print news design; contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies; understand the many transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional, national and global level; obtain a professional competence in researching, planning and producing documentary films, including those dealing with current affairs; conduct critical and theoretical analyses of documentary practices. Documentary tuition takes place at Sussex. At the end of the course, you have the opportunity to apply all your skills and knowledge to produce a substantial documentary film or a journalism portfolio under the supervision of an experienced member of faculty.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Course modules

Autumn term: documentary practice; journalism in transition; news and feature writing. Spring term: advanced journalism skills; global journalism; research and project management for documentary. You may undertake short optional placements as part of your study. Summer term: you undertake a supervised research project, which may include a relevant placement and/or documentary production.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by term paper, practical video/ media work and production, documentation and critique, as well as portfolios of journalism with critical reflections. The final assessment, a major research project, may take the form of a 15000-word dissertation, a 20-minute documentary or a portfolio of journalism and critical work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,350 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,900 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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