MA Journalism

#1 in the 2020 Guardian University Guide

The creative industries are seen as driving growth and innovation not only in the UK but in many other economies around the world. The UK’s creative industries are growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy. This programme gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to work in the media in a range of roles.

Equips students with professional skills in journalism and authorship from news and non-fiction to brands and content

The exciting new programme is distinctive in its approach. Full attention is paid to the changing models of journalism, from branded content and not-for-profit journalism to big data scraping and social media crowdsourcing. Students grow their skills in digital and multi-platform journalism and authorship and form an understanding of the different ways of presenting information and published content. There is an emphasis on writing, authorship and commercially relevant journalism throughout the programme, and you will come out of the programme with a portfolio of content, across media formats, relevant to roles across the media and in other organizations where there is a need to communicate to external audiences.

Industry models and key practical skills are addressed alongside the importance of the media in society. The programme aims to provide you with an academically rigorous and professionally relevant education, and there is a wide choice of optional modules from lifestyle to digital journalism. The beautiful city of Oxford is home to many media professionals and there are more more published writers per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

Study at one of the leading institutes for media education in the world

  • #1 in the Guardian league table for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations
  • Excellent links with the media industry
  • Journalism Advisory board with high-profile figures
  • Regular networking events and activities: e.g. visits to newsrooms, media and journalism summits
  • Visiting speakers from all aspects of the media
  • Excellent results for student satisfaction - 100 per cent score in the 2019 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey
  • Excellent opportunities for work experience
  • A large faculty with a variety of research interests and extensive industry expertise in the media
  • Located in the global media city of Oxford

If you would like to find out more about the programme and how to apply, please email the course leader Alexandra Shakespeare - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Further information is available on the University Prospectus page

A wide selection of modules:

Semester 1

The Practice of Journalism
Journalism and Technology
Media Law and Ethics

Semester 2

Choose three out of the following

Digital and Data Journalism
The History of Journalism
The Business of Scandal
Lifestyle Journalism
The Author as Entrepreneur
Brand Publishing
Craft of Storytelling
Multimedia Journalism

Semester 3

Dissertation or Major Project

There is a sandwich mode in which the course can be taken over two years - the second year is a work placement. There is no guarantee of a work placement but the visa for an international student will allow them to complete a second year.