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MA

Key facts


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021 / September 2022

Location

Headington

Course length

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

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

Department

School of Arts

Overview


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

You will develop skills in digital and multi-platform journalism and authorship. 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/EU full time
MA £8,500; Diploma £7,500; Certificate £4,250

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£14,700

Home (UK) full time
MA £8,700; Diploma £7,500; Certificate £4,350

Home (UK) part time
£4,350

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,500

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
MA £8,500; Diploma £7,500; Certificate £4,250

Home/EU part time
£4,250

International full time
£14,700

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
MA £8,700; Diploma £7,500; Certificate £4,350

Home (UK) part time
£4,350

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,500

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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 finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

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, if any, are detailed below.

There are the opportunities for field trips and working at live events. For example, visits to newsrooms, media and journalism summits, international events, the Oxford Literary Festival and London Book Fair.

All of these events facilitate live reportage opportunities for aspiring journalists on our programme, enabling students to enhance their writing portfolios. Students would need to cover their transportation costs for visits to London etc. as well as the costs of optional trips.

Other costs would include student's own copies of textbooks,should they require their own copies and the costs of printing out dissertations/major projects.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

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, authorship 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.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

The Practice of Journalism (20 credits)

Journalism and Technology (20 credits)

Media Law and Ethics (20 credits)

The Business of Scandal (20 credits)

Optional modules

Digital and Data Journalism (20 credits)

The History of Journalism (20 credits)

Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits)

The Author as Entrepreneur (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.

Final project

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 that 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

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.

Research


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).

Our Staff


Dr Miriam Johnson

Miriam’s professional career includes work as a second hand and collectible bookseller, founder of The Istanbul Review, and in working with Scottish PEN and Scottish Book Trust, as well as developing an immersive literature project in Edinburgh in conjunction with The Bridge Awards and Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature (echoesofthecity.com).

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.