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MA Journalism


Edinburgh Napier’s MA Journalism offers you a fast track into the news media if you have freshly completed your first degree in another (usually less vocational) subject or if you are a more mature applicant whose life experiences have led you to seek a career switch into journalism.

The MA Journalism programme offers a range of hands-on modules that are designed to enhance your journalistic skills and knowledge.

The prime aims of this programme are to:
• Produce effective and reflective practitioners who can swiftly make their mark in an industry which is undergoing fast and fundamental change as the digital revolution unfolds;
• Offer instruction in finding and filing stories for text and broadcast formats as multimedia and convergence and cross-platform formats are key to the modern industry;
• Enable you to fully comprehend the wider contexts – technological, political, legal, ethical and commercial – in which the modern news media operate;
• Develop practical, critical, evaluative and analytical abilities throughout, culminating in the demanding research and study involved in the Dissertation or Production Dissertation.

The programme in full:

PG Cert  / Dip

Tri 1


Radio & TV Journalism


(20 credits)



 Media Law for Journalists (10 credits)




Global Current Affairs


 (10 credits)


News Writing


(20 credits)


Tri 2

Options Choose 3


News Production


(20 credits)


 Journalism, Information and Society


(20 credits)


 Magazine Publishing


(20 credits)



Tri 3


 Students choose one of the following modules:




OR Production Dissertation



(60 credits)


Radio & TV Journalism:

You will learn how to produce simple radio and TV packages. This includes sourcing stories for broadcast, filming/recording footage, structuring and editing packages as well as writing intros/cues and producing simple news bulletins in our industry standard TV studios.

Media Law for Journalists:

The production of legally and ethically sound copy is an essential skill for every journalist. On this module you’ll learn what you can/can’t report and how to report stories with respect to several legal requirements relevant to journalists

Global Current Affairs:

This module introduces you to politics in journalism and the way journalists and politicians interact. You will also gain an insight into world affairs and how international correspondents cover them.

News Writing:

News writing is a crucial journalistic skill that is vital for working in print, broadcast or online media. This module will strengthen your news writing skills and arm you with the key tools you need to write dazzling copy.


Multimedia News Production:

You’ll engage in the production of news, live from Edinburgh, to different platforms. In our industry standard studios, you’ll produce TV news bulletins including international TV newsfeed footage, local video journalist stories, graphics and studio interviews. In radio bulletins, you’ll use stories you source in town as well as wire footage to produce on-the-hour news updates. During converged news days you’ll tell news stories across platforms, including our live rolling news website

Journalism, Information and Society

This module deals with the wider roles and different contexts of journalism – in terms of media as information providers as well as journalism’s  responsibilities to, impact on and position in society.

Magazine Production:

As a team, working together with Publishing students, you’ll produce a magazine targeted at a specific audience. You’ll source advertising to fund the publication, you’ll write copy to a high standard, you’ll design and lay out the magazine ready for publication and engage in the distribution of the magazine.


You will have a choice of writing a Masters Dissertation or a Masters Production Dissertation during the third Trimester of MA Journalism. Both will be underpinned by academic theory and both will contain your own original research. This research can be empirical in nature or it can be conducted in form of a major piece of journalistic work. Lectures and tutorials will help you produce an inspired and academically rigorous dissertation.

Learning and teaching methods include:

Newsdays – the working atmosphere of a modern multimedia news organisation is simulated in an industry environment under strict deadlines.

Practical workshops – core skills in print, broadcast and online journalism are developed, usually with specialised equipment and technical support.

Lectures – key issues in theory and practice are outlined and academic debate is encouraged and facilitated

Tutorials/Seminars – involving students in student-centred tasks such as analysis of issues, debates, presentations, role playing, problem-based learning (PBL), case study analysis, open discussion sessions, and student research papers

Work-placement – integrating practice and theory and enabling you to experience life in the industry whilst developing contacts.

Independent individual or group work – this may include research or task-oriented exercises; casework; group projects that attempt to replicate conditions in industry (which could involve student peer assessment); simulations; and oral presentations.

Guest Lectures and seminars – a wide range of speakers from the news media and also academics specialising in journalism studies provide guest lectures, workshops, and act as Head of News on some news days.

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