On this course you will develop essential journalistic skills in a multimedia context. At the same time, you will explore key theoretical issues and debates about journalism and news production in relation to contemporary media and society.

You will:

  • Master techniques in researching and writing for print and digital media, as well as sub-editing and print news design
  • Contextualise journalistic practice within a theoretical framework of journalism studies
  • Understand transitional processes in the news landscape at local, regional and global level
  • Understand and be able to analyse current theories and debates surrounding the media and society.

“I’ll be giving workshops on the practical skills I use. I believe my experience will be useful to students, complementing the theory they will be learning.”
Marcus Ryder, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Head of BBC Scotland’s current affairs programmes


  • 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 media studies – this MA combines both theory and practice.


You can choose to study this course full-time or part-time. Find the modules for the full-time course below.

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


You will learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer term, you will work on your dissertation or project.

Assessment is by:

  • Term paper
  • Practical video/media work
  • Portfolios of journalism with critical reflections.

The final assessment may be a 15,000-word dissertation or a portfolio of practical and written work.

For more information

Visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2016/3591/33369

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