MA Journalism

Postgraduate, Part-time

Journalism MA

We equip graduates with the expertise to work across journalistic platforms to meet the demands of a multimedia industry


This course offers a dynamic, 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.

Recent graduates have gone onto work at ITN, STV, BBC and magazines and newspapers across the UK and abroad.

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

The application deadline for this course has now passed. Applications submitted after 31 July 2019 are not guaranteed to be considered for September 2019 entry.
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Mode of Study:

Part-time (available as Full-time)


2 years

Start date:




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Course details

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.

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 have a record of close links with BBC Scotland and STV.

Subjects include:
  • Radio Bulletins
  • Media Law and Regulation for Journalists
  • New Writing
  • TV and Multimedia News
  • Journalism, Information & Society
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Major Project
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    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 by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, specialist workshops in our newsrooms and studios and independent study.

    The course is taught by a team of media professionals working across a range of multimedia platforms: Allan Boughey, writer and digital consultant; James Blake, who works for Channel 4 and STV; Simon Pia, who has worked for BBC, STV, Sky and Al Jazeera; Clare Trodden, media consultant for print and online magazines and writes for a selection of titles; Aleksandar Kocic, BBC radio producer; and Professor Alistair Duff, international expert in FOI and intellectual copyright.

  • note and pen Assessments You will be continuously assessed throughout the academic and journalistic assessment, such as live news days, debates, court reports, podcasts, and pitching to commissioning editors.
  • briefcase Work placement

    Work placements help you develop your industry contacts, allowing you to have work published/broadcast before you leave.

  • 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.


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.

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 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.

For applicants who meet the academic criteria, you will need to submit a portfolio with your application. The portfolio could include anything from articles (published or unpublished), a detailed outline of what you did on a placement, links to a video or audio clip or links to your own blog or website.

English 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

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.

International students

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

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • 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

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 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU Stage 1 £3,000 £3,120
Home/EU Stage 2 £3,000 £3,120
Home/EU Dissertation £850 £885
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Home EU - Total Fee £6,850 £7,125
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Overseas Stage 1 £5,950 £6,190
Overseas Stage 2 £5,950 £6,190
Overseas Dissertation £2,650 £2,755
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Overseas - Total Fee £14,550 £15,135
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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