MA Journalism

Postgraduate, Full-time

Journalism MA

“No 1 UK university for Journalism, Publishing & Public Relations”

Napier journalism - First out of 54 - The Guardian University Guide 2022


Edinburgh Napier University is home to the longest established Journalism programme in Scotland. Voted No. 1 among UK universities by The Guardian for 2022.

Our MA journalism programme offers a dynamic course that’s closely linked to the industry, combining the latest digital journalism with traditional methods on multimedia platforms in our newsroom, TV and radio studios.

You will learn to develop a range of practical skills along with reporting and production expertise for TV-video, online, radio-podcast, social media, newspapers, magazines and more. We also support and encourage students to start publishing and broadcasting their own work during the course.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for media organisations such as the BBC, ITN, STV and across the newspaper and publishing industry as well as public relations, marketing and corporate communications.

To ensure there is sufficient time to process your application, we encourage you to submit your application by 31st August.

Due to extremely high demand for our programmes starting in September 2022, we are no longer accepting applications from international applicants for this programme. We’re sorry that you won’t be able to join us in September.

Any queries contact programme leader Simon Pia -

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)


1 year

Start date:




MA Journalism student stories

This course opened up new opportunities for me and gave a solid practical base to develop as a journalist.

About MA Journalism:

Course details

If you have a passion for news and an interest in media, along with an instinct to find and produce stories across different platforms: We will teach you to develop skills to make sense of the 24-7 online news schedules, while reporting a story accurately with honesty, integrity and creativity.

Our broadcast studios and multimedia newsrooms provide an industry setting for you to experience journalism first-hand. You’ll gain a firm understanding of media law, ethics and regulations. Furthermore, you will develop your analytical and critical skills to hone your writing, communication and research techniques.

You'll also benefit from studying in Edinburgh, the political, legal, cultural and economic capital of Scotland and recently celebrated as the UK’s leading tech hub. This gives ENU unlimited access to accommodate guest lectures and work placements to help you develop industry contacts and give you the opportunity to work in publishing/broadcasting before you graduate. 

We've used our 40 years’ experience of teaching journalism to shape this degree into one of the most modern courses available. Our curriculum is developed with employers, industry contacts and our teaching staff who have extensive experience as practitioners.

We have a record of close links with BBC Scotland and STV , Bauer media and The Scotsman publications.

Our Subjects include:

• TV & Multimedia News
• News Writing – Online & Long Form
• Radio News & Podcast commentary
• Media Law, Court & Crime reports & Commentary
• Magazine publishing: Digital – Investigative – Long Form 
• Global Current Affairs – critical analysis and theory
• Major Project – in-depth journalism

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    • This is a one year (full-time) course, starting in September 2022 and split into three trimesters. Teaching methods combine lectures with specialist workshops in our newsrooms and independent study.

    • You will be taught to use software such as Burli (audio), Avid (video) Adobe InDesign (publishing) to edit and broadcast and have access to Radio ENRG and out TV studio.

    • The course is taught by a team of media professionals-academics with a background in newspapers/online and broadcasting both in the UK and abroad for such news organisations as BBC, STV, Channel 4, Sky News, Al Jazeera, Swiss TV, Talk Radio, RTE, Vanity Fair, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, Daily Record, The Conversation etc. Read more to learn more about their professional background.  

  • note and pen Assessments

    • You will be continuously assessed and given feedback on ‘live’ newsdays producing an online news website and TV and radio bulletins. 

    • You will draft news reports – court, crime, hard news and human interest.  You will produce long-form features, supply criticism and analysis in columns, Op Eds and blogs, podcast and pitch to commissioning editors. 

    • You will debate and analyse academic theory on the media and news values.

    • You will complete the programme by producing a Major Project, an in-depth piece of journalism either video or audio, text or online. 

  • briefcase Work placement

    To help you develop industry contacts and the opportunity to publish and broadcast, students are encouraged, in consultation with their lecturers, to seek a minimum of 15 days work experience placements as part of the course.

  • study abroad Study abroad

    There are no formal opportunities to study abroad however students have completed major projects overseas, recently including India, Africa, the USA and across continental Europe.

  • library Facilities

    Our Merchiston campus, situated in the heart of Edinburgh, is home to creative industries, engineering and computing students. We have excellent facilities including a recently upgraded newsroom, TV and radio studio.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Journalism Major Project ( JAC11137 )

The Journalism Major Project needs a strong subject, one that sells to editors and publishers as a work destined for prime airtime or publication.
The Journalism Major Project gives you the chance to mobilise the skills and academic understanding you have acquired on the taught part of the programme to produce a journalistic artefact or series of artefacts of publishable and/or broadcast quality which is to be accompanied by a professional pitch, with accompanying documentation and a critically reflective essay of 4000 words.,
The artefact / series of artefacts produced by journalism students must represent a substantial piece of original investigative research which can be dealt with through print-, broadcast-, online-journalism of a high-quality professional standard. The total volume of this journalistic artefact / series of artefacts will be equivalent to 7,500 words, technical equivalents (for broadcast, or work presented in InDesign etc) for this word-count volume can be found in the Journalism Major Project Handbook.

Further information

Journalism, Information and Society ( JAC11131 )

The journalist as reflective practitioner; the research base; information as commodity and natural resource; the information society and its critics; the contribution of Daniel Bell; the journalism of information; freedom of information (FOI), local and international; democracy and the fourth and fifth estates; opinion columns and punditry; Walter Lippmann as exemplar; freedom of the press; the idea of the public sphere; Jurgen Habermas and the theory of communicative action; the nature of power/knowledge; Michel Foucault; the political economy of communication and information; the agenda-setting research tradition; news value paradigms; information and media policy issues; information poverty and inequality; copyright and intellectual property; privacy and surveillance; censorship and its viability in an age of information; the press and the secret state; specialist fields, such as sports journalism and science journalism; international institutions and challenges; social justice and ethical issues; emergent media; forecasting and the study of the future; associated research topics as they arise.

Further information

Magazine Production ( JAC11139 )

The module will require you to think like a potential magazine publisher or editor: you will critically examine the range of magazines available and their routes to market, as well as investigating the various approaches and styles they adopt in order to appeal to a particular target readership. You will then apply this analysis to the creation of a new publication: learning, drawing upon and practicing a range of editorial and design skills to produce your own magazine.

Further information

Media Law and Regulation ( JAC11138 )

The module will cover libel, defamation, copyright, criminal and civil courts, criminal procedure, reporting of minors, reporting of sexual crimes and contempt of court. The module gives a basis of a legal understanding for student journalists. The principles of court reporting are also covered, including reporting restrictions.

Further information

News Writing ( JAC11119 )

This module will introduce you to the art of finding original news and feature stories, developing good angles, and being aware of your audience for print and online outlets. Core values of accuracy, attribution, impartiality and balance will be covered alongside ethical and legal awareness. Besides sourcing up to date stories and conducting interviews, you will refine your writing skills and submit tight copy to deadlines with crisp leads and engaging headlines. You will develop an awareness and understanding of all aspects of news reporting.

Further information

Radio Bulletins ( JAC11135 )

This module will enable students to realise stories and ideas through to completion of audio packages – for broadcast and online. Students will research stories and find contributors, record on location and understand the processes and paperwork required of a broadcast journalist including risk assessment and interview techniques. Students will be taught to use audio recorders, scripting, interview techniques and editing. There will also be voice coaching and presentation training essential for all broadcast journalists. This module will introduce students to terminology used in specific broadcast environments and students will expand their critical understanding of radio news values and agendas.

Further information

TV and Multimedia News ( JAC11133 )

This module develops story telling techniques for broadcast and online, with emphasis on devising creative treatments and maintaining audience focus. This includes the skills required to find and produce pre-recorded material, and also how to construct bulletins and longer programmes. As a result, students will learn practical camera and editing techniques crucial for any modern converged journalist. The module also develops an understanding of TV studio production, incorporating presenting styles and live interviewing techniques. News-days enable students to learn in a simulated work environment, where deadlines for regular bulletins and extended news programmes must be met. The module is closely linked to the industry and mirrors real industry workflows. This module ensures students understand industry demands and pressures with a deep knowledge of how newsrooms and studios operate, and continue to change. There is extensive discussion and critical assessment of contemporary issues such as ethics and media convergence. It is essential students appreciate how magazine journalism is also changing and converging with all platforms (tv, radio and online).

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:1 or above in any discipline.

(We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have relevant experience and / or a media portfolio. A portfolio is not essential if the applicant expresses a genuine desire and passion to pursue the study of journalism)


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

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

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Our teaching staff offer a diverse range of world-class industry experience, equipping them with the necessary skills to make our Journalism course the best in the UK.

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2022/23 2023/24
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,860 tba
Overseas and EU £16,685 tba

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


  • Reporter
  • Commentator
  • News Editor
  • Digital Editor
  • Feature writer
  • Political correspondent
  • Producer for broadcast and online

Journalism students working in news room