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MA Journalism

1 year 2 years School of English & Journalism Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Introduction

This Master’s provides the professional and practical training needed for a career in the exciting world of journalism. It also offers an academically rigorous approach to critical analysis of the subject.

You are taught the art of journalism from a hands-on, multiplatform perspective, with the opportunity to specialise in the medium of your choice.

You will hear from top names in the journalism industry – previous guest speakers include internationally renowned journalist John Pilger, BBC Director of London 2012 Roger Mosey and Head of Channel 4 News Dorothy Byrne.

The School of English & Journalism maintains close working relationships with the BBC and Lincoln’s award-winning newspaper, the Lincolnshire Echo. On campus, there are opportunities to gain experience in community radio, a multiplatform website, student newspapers, television and magazines.

Accreditations

The School has become one of the first institutions in Europe to be awarded a 'Recognised for Excellence' accolade by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA).

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Key research areas in the department include:

  • Core Writing
  • Law and Institutions
  • Arts Reporting
  • Specialist Reporting and Production
  • International Human Rights.

Days Taught

Thursday and Friday

How You Study

Study will be a blend of practical workshops, lectures and seminars. The University of Lincoln boasts an extensive academic library which you can also use for independent study.

Weekly classes in shorthand will be offered throughout the first two semesters of the programme.

How You Are Assessed

Assessments are a mixture of essays, presentations, portfolios of journalism, broadcast media packages and timed examinations. However, it should be noted that assessments can be varied from time to time to reflect changes in good practice in both academic and vocational disciplines.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Gary Stevens
gstevens@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886339

Admissions:
mhpenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886097

Masters Level

Arts Reporting (Option)

This module deals with the skills of the reviewer, whether in literature, film, exhibition, TV, theatre, or the creation of other media artefacts.

Comparative Media History (Option)

Comparative Media History: This module enables the student to appreciate trends and changes within media industries worldwide on a comparative basis between countries and between platforms.

Contemporary Issues in Sports Journalism (Option)

This module is a ‘must’ not only for aspiring sports reporters, but also for those who take an interest in how sport issues relate to the world of news and current affairs.

Core Broadcast

You will learn the key skills to become broadcast journalists and adapt those skills to your specialist field. This module allows you to experience first hand the differences between the broadcasting and print mediums in an increasingly ‘converged’ media landscape. Radio production provides an excellent means of improving verbal communication skills for all involved.

Core Writing

You will learn the key skills required to write as journalists and then focus those skills in arts journalism. The module offers an essential introduction to reporting, researching, interviewing, news values and news writing necessary for employment in all areas of the profession.

Ethics in Science and Environmental Journalism (Option)

This module follows on from the Law and Journalism and Society modules in Semester A to provide more in-depth reflection on philosophical issues and an opportunity for students to consider more fully the kind of dilemmas that they are likely to encounter as working journalist.

International Human Rights (Journalism) (Option)

Integrating theory and practice, students are given a grounding in the fundamental contemporary world issues, as well as the opportunity to participate in discussions and to do their own research and writing on selected areas of conflict.

Journalism and Contemporary Cinema (Option)

This module will enable you to explore and understand issues in journalistic film criticism in their historical, cultural and institutional context, thereby assisting you in the writing/production of your own reviews for specified outlets and audiences.

Journalism and Literature (Option)

This module explores the relationship between literary production and different genres of journalism through detailed case studies of significant writers including Daniel Defoe, William Hazlitt, George Orwell, George Sand, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, Hunter S Thompson, Ernest Hemingway and Arundhati Roy.

Law and Institutions

All aspects of law relating to the media with some focus on issues in science. This challenging module uses real case studies and up-to-date research to provide you with an understanding of the framework within which the industry operates, and the ethical dilemmas involved.

This module provides you with a basic appreciation of systems of power, covering national and local government structures and institutions with a further emphasis on those related to decision making in the sphere of science.

MA Journalism - Final Project or Dissertation

Dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio documentary, chapters for a book or webpages.

Students spend the final semester during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. Each person is allocated their own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of the student’s chosen subject. Whatever the platform for delivery, this is a challenging piece of long-form journalism that will attract the interest of future employers and prove that the student can achieve a truly high standard, reflective investigation and product at Masters level.

For those students who choose to stay on to study for a higher research degree, a dissertation provides the ultimate evidence of their ability.

Research and Professional Placement

You will be able to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

This module also provides methodological understanding, support and advice on the final project. You will then prepare a presentation and a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

Specialist Reporting and Production

In this module students decide on a specialist subject area, study the nature of correspondents’ work in their chosen field, and also prepare longer 'feature' pieces aimed at specifically targeted audiences. Writing and research skills are relevant to all media platform.

Placements

There is an integral assessed work placement built into the programme.

Facilities

The School is equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment that is vital for the modern, converged world of journalism.

Siren FM, the on-campus community radio station, is housed in the media centre, where you can broadcast to the whole of the Lincoln area.

The latest virtual studio technology is installed in our dedicated TV newsroom.

Career and Personal Development

Core modules are designed to support and prepare you for a career in journalism and there are a number of opportunities to gain experience by working on community radio, a multi-platform website, the student newspaper and the Students’ Union magazine.

Students will succeed in the digital age of convergence where journalists must be multi-skilled with research and analytical skills. These skills are in demand in a variety of information, creative and cultural industries, whether print-based, online or broadcast media. Alternative employment opportunities lie in the related areas of promotional, lifestyle, technical and feature writing and public relations, business-to-business and corporate communications. For those students who choose to take up reporting of a more generalist nature, they will be able to offer a speciality and subject knowledge that is increasingly in demand.

Fees

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships:

Alumni Scholarships 

Non-Alumni Scholarships

International Scholarships

Fees

2014/15 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,680 £14,719
Part-time £37 per credit point £82 per credit point

 

2015/16 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,880 £15,602
Part-time £38 per credit point £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

 

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.


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