University of Sussex

University of Sussex


The course is accredited by the national council for the training of journalists (NCTJ) and aims to equip you with the strong professional journalism competences and attitude necessary to achieve your career ambitions in an exciting, competitive and rapidly developing industry. It is designed to enable you to: learn how to turn out crisp engaging copy against tight deadlines for print, social and digital media, radio and tv news, and how to record, film and edit material for broadcast; 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. You have the opportunity to consolidate your skills and knowledge during a 3 week work placement before completing either a substantial journalism project or a dissertation.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences 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. In the induction week, you are asked to take a 90-minute NCTJ aptitude test on competency in English and an awareness of journalistic conventions, plus a voice test. If you do not pass the test, you are normally advised to consider switching to the MA in journalism and media studies or the MA in journalism and documentary practice.

Course modules

Autumn term: broadcast journalism (radio); international journalism in transition; journalism, law and power; news researching and writing in a multimedia environment; shorthand. Spring term: broadcast journalism (TV); journalism, law and power (continued); shorthand; either: global news industries; new developments in digital media. Summer term: you undertake a work placement and journalism project or a 15000-word journalism research dissertation, supervised by research-active faculty.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes NCTJ exams, term papers, portfolios of journalism, multimedia artefacts, social media, and critical reflections on practical work and examinations.


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

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