Start dates: September 2024 / September 2025

Full time: MA: 12 months; PGDip: 8 months; PGCert: 4 months

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

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of Arts

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What does it mean to be a journalist in today’s world? And what does the future of news look like?

Our MA Journalism will equip you with skills in multiplatform journalism and authorship of news and features to nonfiction and branded content that will future-proof your career. You’ll develop industry-standard expertise in digital and multiplatform news and features production, and you'll study evolving models of journalism including data analysis, crowdsourcing, and mobile journalism.

As part of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing (OICP), we enjoy great international standing and many of our graduates go on to work globally. We’re also supported by 2 industry advisory boards, made up of high-profile figures from the BBC, Substack, Condé Nast, Telegraph Media Group, Google, and more.

By the end of the course, you’ll have developed an exciting portfolio of journalism in different media formats to showcase your skills. And you’ll have built key contacts to help kick-start your career, as well as secure an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism alongside your master’s. 

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Top ranking
    Oxford Brookes is ranked Number 1 in the UK for journalism in the Guardian league table 2024.
  • Multimedia resources
    You’ll be given an individual Adobe Creative cloud licence to help you create videos, podcasts and websites and print layouts. As well as access to a dedicated podcast recording studio and MAC suite, and a new, state of the art TV studio.
  • Taught by journalists
    Gain insights from our team who’ve all worked in the industry. And take part in our Live News Days where you’ll gain experience of a simulated newsroom environment.
  • Stunning location
    You’ll be studying in the beautiful city of Oxford, home to many media professionals, publishers and companies. A great opportunity to make contacts for the future.
  • Practical experience
    Get inside access by visiting newsrooms, media company HQs, and media summits. And get involved with our student magazine, Hybrid, to put your skills to work.
  • Accreditation(s)

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

    • National Council for the Training of Journalists NCTJ

Course details

Course structure

Throughout the course you’ll be trained to produce commercially relevant journalism. You could be crafting a feature, shooting and editing video for social media or creating a compelling podcast.
There are 4 compulsory modules. You’ll look at the practice of journalism where you’ll cover topics such as finding news, conducting interviews and engaging your audience through multimedia. As well as the role of technology, you’ll cover law and ethics and the media in relation to power and propaganda.

The fourth compulsory module is a dissertation or major project. Both enable you to tackle a significant industry issue through in-depth research. Or you may develop an editorial concept and business proposal or media startup.

In our optional modules you can choose from subjects such as digital and data journalism, TV and radio broadcasting, and lifestyle journalism.

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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.


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.

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.

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)

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.


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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Our MA Journalism equips you for many different paths in the industry so you may become a:
  • features writer
  • video journalist
  • broadcast journalist
  • news editor 
  • producer.
Journalism, however, is in high demand across many different brands, organisations and platforms. And our course gives you a broad skill set to pivot into other creative businesses.

While many of our graduates become journalists, others have gone on to successful careers in:
  • public relations
  • content marketing
  • humanitarian journalism for charities or NGOs.
Employers value the fact that our MA course is practice-focused and covers new technologies, which means students find jobs quickly with higher salaries. Use our Careers Networking Day to meet leading journalists and media professionals and make career-enhancing connections.

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.

Read more about Alexandra

Entry requirements

How to apply

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
MA £9,750; Diploma £8,750; Certificate £4,875

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Home (UK) full time
Masters £10,250; Diploma £9,250; Certificate £5,125

Home (UK) part time

International full time

Questions about fees?

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Tuition fees

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

Home (UK) part time

International full time

2025 / 26
Home (UK) full time
Masters £10,250; Diploma £9,250; Certificate £5,125

Home (UK) part time

International full time

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

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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.