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Start dates

September 2024 / September 2025



Course length

Full time: MA: 12 months; PGDip: 8 months; PGCert: 4 months: Sandwich mode: MA 24 months

Part time: MA: 24 months, PGDip: 3 semesters, PGCert: 2 semesters


School of Arts


Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists NCTJ


Our MA Journalism will equip you with professional skills in journalism. You'll cover topics from news and non-fiction to brands and content. 

You will develop skills in digital and multi-platform journalism. And you'll study the changing models of journalism including:

  • branded content
  • not-for-profit journalism
  • big data scraping
  • social media crowdsourcing. 

You'll have regular networking opportunities and visits to newsrooms, media and journalism summits. So you’ll benefit from a degree that responds to the industry.  

Journalism is one of a group of courses run by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing (OICP), which has a high international standing. OICP is supported by two advisory boards made up of high profile figures from across the journalism and publishing industries. 

Our location in the beautiful city of Oxford is home to many media professionals. And there are more published writers per square mile here than anywhere else in the world.

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Entrants to the programme should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • a second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in any subject; or
  • an appropriate professional background and experience in the media. This should be evidenced by an appropriate CV which outlines your professional experience to date from either working directly in journalism and media or a related function.  

Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to work in the media industries. This attribute is usually evidenced through the application and personal statement. But also through work experience or voluntary work in the media or fulfilling a journalism-related function in a non-media organisation, or at interview. 

Two references, these may be, for example, two academic references, or one academic reference and one from an employer.

All applicants who meet the entry criteria are interviewed as an entry requirement.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English then we will require IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each component.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International applications

There is a sandwich mode in which the course can be taken over two years - the second year is a work placement. Students must complete 180 credits including the compulsory modules before they can progress to the compulsory work placement module. There is no guarantee of a work placement but the visa for an international student will allow them to complete a second year.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
MA £9,300; Diploma £8,300; Certificate £4,650

Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home (UK) full time
MA £9,750; Diploma £8,750; Certificate £4,875

Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
MA £9,300; Diploma £8,300; Certificate £4,650

Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time
MA £9,750; Diploma £8,750; Certificate £4,875

Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

The full-time fees quoted are for the taught Year 1. Fees will be charged for the placement year in Year 2 and are available on request from

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

Applicants who hold an offer for this course can apply for the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund. Applications for the academic year 2023/24 are currently open and the deadline to apply is Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 5pm. To find out more about the bursary and eligibility, visit the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund website.   

All financial support and scholarships

View all funding opportunities for this course

Learning and assessment

The programme draws on a variety of industry-facing learning and teaching methods to support your learning and deliver the range of knowledge and skills required for your academic progression and future career.

The programme offers an academically rigorous and professionally relevant education. Emphasis is placed on writing and commercially relevant journalism throughout the course. You will graduate with a portfolio of content, featuring a variety of media formats, relevant to roles across the industry.

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and you'll have the opportunity to take the NCTJ exams at the end of the academic year. 

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

  • The Practice of Journalism (20 credits)

    Topics covered on this module include:

    • The Business of News
    • Politics, Governance and Media
    • The Art of the Interview
    • News and where to find it
    • Essential Skills in News Writing
    • Working with Figures
    • Approaches to Features writing
    • Introduction to Multimedia
    • Interacting with and engaging your audience

    And the module features a Live News Day where you can gain experience of working in a simulated newsroom environment

  • Journalism and Technology (20 credits)

    Topics covered on this module include:

    • Premiere Pro
    • Shooting, framing and sequencing stories
    • Editing video
    • Captions, graphics and audio processing
    • SEO, substackand branding
  • Media Law and Ethics (20 credits)

    Topics include:

    • Regulation –IPSO, Ofcomand the legal systems governing UK media
    • Defamation
    • Court Reporting
    • Laws protecting court reporting
    • Inquests and door knocks
    • Reporting on protected characteristics
    • Cancel culture
    • Inequality and diversity in UK media
  • Media, Power and Public Affairs (20 credits)

    Aspects of Media, Power and Public Affairs taught on this module may include:

    • Propaganda
    • The Monarchy and the media
    • The role of the media and government 
    • Truth and outrage in contemporary journalism 
    • Whistleblowers
    • Tabloids, Broadsheets and Digital Media
    • Conglomerations
    • Democracy, class and mainstream media

Optional modules

Digital and Data Journalism (20 credits)

Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits)

Brand Publishing (20 credits)

Craft of Storytelling (20 credits)

Multimedia Journalism (20 credits)

Optional placement year

Optional modules

Optional placement

The supervised work experience module is part of the two-year placement mode for international students. The sandwich year gives students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and practical publishing skills gained in their previous modules while embedded in an industry environment for up to 52 weeks.

Students studying this mode must complete 180 credits including the compulsory modules before they can progress to the work placement module.  

There is no guarantee of a work placement for students studying on the sandwich mode. Securing a placement is the responsibility of the student and throughout the course you’ll be supported with your applications including CVs, cover letters, interview preparation and networking connections. 

MAJ Dissertation

Optional modules

Dissertation or Major Project

The Dissertation or Major Project is the defining and essential component for the award of the MA degree. It is a major in-depth investigation of a subject, theme or issue significant to the study of journalism through research and extended written work (15,000 words or equivalent for major projects).

The Major Project is a practical application of technologies, commerce or enterprise and results in a defined artefact and an analytical report (5,000 words) that places the work in the context of contemporary journalism.  For example, your work may be a  project with a focus on the practical elements of either a printed or electronic publication. Alternatively, your artefact might be a business proposal for a new web platform or media start-up.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

This degree is built upon a scholarly foundation which integrates industry expertise:

  • Lectures offer the knowledge and framework for study that will enable you to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Seminars encourage discussion with tutors and peers to test your understanding and ability to apply ideas, to develop transferable skills, and to encourage deeper learning.
  • Practical workshops give you the opportunity to test, clarify, and apply your skills.
  • Studio modules enable hands-on activities and the development of project work in our dedicated suite of Mac computers equipped with industry standard software.
  • Moodle is used to offer extra resources and learning materials.
  • Field trips enable you to experience what you have learnt. They will also develop academic understanding.
  • Publications offer the chance to write and edit copy, and put into practice multimedia skills.
  • Student presentations provide opportunity for self-evaluation and feedback from visiting professionals.

Field trips

There are field trips to local, national and international newsrooms, media and journalism summits, international book fairs, the Oxford Literary Festival and the London Book Fair.


Assessment methods used on this course

The assessment strategy is designed to take a holistic view of the programme, and to ensure that assessment methods are varied and challenging. The following are possible types of assessment:

  • Essays on academic or research topics
  • Business reports and case studies
  • Project work across areas such as news stories, live reporting, and long-form reporting
  • Presentations in role
  • Pitches of new ideas and concepts
  • Podcasting and video reports
  • Role plays using professional scenarios
  • Teamworking assignments. 

The aim is to support students in the creation of an effective portfolio of content, across media formats, to facilitate their career progression.

Formative assessments are included in each module to ensure that you receive regular, clear guidance on your work and advice before you reach a summative assessment point.


Your study is grounded in up-to-date knowledge of the media, taught by experienced professionals, researchers, and scholars in their fields.

The curriculum develops from a foundation of theory and skills, from multimedia to media law, and towards a focus on strands of journalism and authorship.

The programme offers a local, national and international context for your studies, alongside an understanding of the cultural importance of the media.

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After you graduate

Career prospects

Our graduates from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing have established an enviable reputation in the creative industries and they are extremely successful in obtaining good jobs fast. Evidence from our alumni suggests that our graduates have agile careers and are able to enter the industry at a higher level than would otherwise have been possible. The Centre has its own vacancy list of jobs in journalism, publishing and the creative industries and runs an annual Working in Publishing Day, attended by many employers.

The Centre is supported by two advisory boards in journalism and publishing who support, advise and help us shape our degrees. The Journalism Advisory Board is made up of professionals from broadcasting to multinational technology companies, consumer magazines to local and national newspapers.

You will be taught by staff who have a variety of research interests and extensive indusry expertise in the media.

Further study

Within the Oxford International Centre for Publishing we have given a supportive home to many successful PhD candidates. Topics range from the historical to the contemporary, magazines to book publishing, authorship to design and a great variety in between. 

Within the School of Arts there is an opportunity to shape a research degree that is cross interdisciplinary and connects journalism with broader media and cultural scholarship. 

The School of Arts offers research degrees in Fine Art, Film Studies, Historical and Popular Musicology, Sound Arts and Composition, and Publishing. The School has a dynamic research environment for postgraduate researchers following practice-based, archival, cultural, historical and theoretical research practices. We offer four research degree routes:

  • MPhil;
  • MPhil transferring to PhD;
  • PhD direct (only for students who have recently completed a master’s or MPhil degree in an area closely related to the proposed research topic);
  • PhD by published work (only for students who have prior association with Oxford Brookes University).

Student profiles

Our Staff

Alexandra Shakespeare

Working with retail brands and newsstand publications to create compelling content for a variety of audiences, Alexandra is expert at both crafting copy and strategising editorial concepts.

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