MA Journalism

Postgraduate, Part-time

Train to become a journalist with this intensive, practical course that combines traditional methods and developing technologies to meet the demands of a multimedia industry.

  • Napier code:

    54728MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MA

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This course offers an intensive, practice-focused multimedia programme, closely linked to industry. We combine traditional methods with new and developing technologies to train you in multimedia journalism.

You’ll learn a range of practical skills and leave with reporting and production expertise for print, online, magazine, television and radio. You’ll also develop an understanding of social media and convergence issues.

You'll learn through practical experience, both in our news rooms and on an industry placement and we also support you in getting your work published and broadcast.

This is a part-time course which can be tailored to suit your needs.


Journalism MA

You’ll have a passion for news and an interest in the media, plus an instinct to find and tell stories. We develop your skills to make sense of fast-moving situations and meet deadlines, while reporting a story accurately, simply and eloquently with honesty, integrity and creativity.

Our broadcast studios and multimedia newsrooms provide an industry setting, allowing you to experience life as a journalist and develop practical skills. You’ll gain a firm understanding of media law, ethics and regulations. You’ll also develop your analytical and critical skills and writing, communication and research techniques.

You'll benefit from studying in a dynamic city that is home to many creative industries. You’ll make use of Edinburgh as a political, economic and cultural centre, providing a rich source of stories and settings for your work. Guest lectures and work placements help you develop your industry contacts, allowing you to have work published/broadcast before you leave.

This course is studied part-time for two years. With the support and guidance of our tutors you’ll develop an individualised programme of study that best suits you.

You'll learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, specialist workshops in our newsrooms and studios and independent study. We've used our 40 years’ experience of teaching journalism to shape this degree into one of the most modern journalism courses available.

Our curriculum is developed with employers and industry contacts. We also have a partnership with STV to deliver local TV.

Subjects include

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  • Radio Bulletins
  • Media Law for Journalists
  • New Writing
  • TV and Multimedia News
  • Journalism, Information & Society
  • Magazine Publishing

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  • Major Project

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

We have a high success rate for placing our graduates in jobs. You may find work as a:

  • reporter
  • editor
  • press officer
  • feature writer
  • commentator
  • production worker in broadcast, print or online

Recent graduates have gained full-time work across all media platforms. The industry placement you'll undertake as part of your course is particularly valuable for making contacts and can often lead to an offer of employment. Placements are a vital opportunity to gain industry experience and show editors and potential employers what you can do.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:1 or above in any discipline.  We look for applicants to have relevant work experience with demonstrable interest in Journalism in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. 

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 with no individual component score of less than 6.0.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Home/EU Stage 1 £2,930 £2,930
Home/EU Stage 2 £2,930 £2,930
Home/EU Dissertation £770 £770
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Home EU - Total Fee £6,630 £6,630
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Overseas Stage 1 £5,760 £5,760
Overseas Stage 2 £5,760 £5,760
Overseas Dissertation £2,610 £2,610
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Overseas - Total Fee £14,130 £14,130
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This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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