One year full-time ― two years part-time

This MA is for you if you have a passion for news, current affairs, documentary or any aspect of factual programme-making. It offers practical training in, and critical engagement with, journalism and documentary-making.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Research, write, sub-edit and design for print and digital media
  • Contextualise journalistic and documentary practice within a theoretical framework of journalism and documentary studies
  • Understand how the news media is undergoing rapid and far-reaching change.


  • Our journalism MAs are of a high standard and our accredited Journalism MA was named ‘best performing higher education postgraduate course for 2014-15’ by the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists.
  • We offer excellent technical facilities, including a dedicated newsroom, the latest software, video and radio studios, and a suite of digital media laboratories.
  • We focus on fast-changing developments in journalism and documentary practice – this MA combines theory and practice.


You will learn through core practice and theory modules and options in the autumn and spring terms.

In the summer, you will develop a research project that can be a conventional dissertation, a journalism project or a documentary.

Assessment is by:

  • Practical video/media work and supporting production documentation
  • Term papers and critiques
  • Portfolios of journalism accompanied by critical reflections.

The final assessment may be a 15,000-word dissertation, a 20-minute documentary or a portfolio of journalism and critical work.

Watch Jessi Gutch’s project from the course, which was shortlisted for the One World Student Award.


You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time.

For details about the part-time course structure, contact University of Sussex.

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