MLitt/PDip Digital Journalism

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Application deadline: 31 August
  • Study mode and duration: MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 monts part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
  • Ranked: Top 10 in UK for Communication & Media Studies, Complete University Guide 2020

Study with us

  • gain the skills to produce multimedia news and features
  • learn how to devise, launch, produce and market an online publication
  • work in the University's simulated news environment and reporter externally using mobile media
  • develop sound analytical, ethical and entrepreneurial skills in order to perform at a high level in the digital media world

The course offers a great amount of practical learning which is not only very useful for my career, but also an enjoyable way to study. The knowledge from taught modules is implemented in our real-life journalism project.

Bagus Saragih, MLitt Digital Journalism student from Indonesia

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Why this course?

Traditional news outlets are moving towards online products at an accelerated pace.

Digital technology is profoundly changing journalism, with innovations like hyperlocal news and mobile media reporting becoming increasingly prevalent.

We aim to produce high-quality, fresh-thinking graduates who have a passion to communicate and can articulate their ideas through effective story-telling.

You'll work in the University's simulated news environment. You'll report externally using mobile media and digital recorders and cameras. You'll have access to industry standard audio and video editing software.

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What you’ll study

The course comprises core and optional classes. MLitt students also undertake an academic dissertation or a production dissertation.

You’ll work in the University’s simulated news environment and also report externally using mobile media. This will provide the opportunity to:

  • pursue real-life stories
  • produce your own journalism packages
  • experiment with entrepreneurial projects
  • report, write and edit using text, pictures, video and audio to tell multimedia stories effectively

In Semester 2, you devise, launch, produce and market your own online publication.

In the Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is run in collaboration with the University’s Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, you’ll learn about developing a portfolio career, personal branding and creating new ventures.

Throughout the course, there are opportunities to work on various projects with organisations from journalism and the creative industries.

Work placement

You’ll gain professional work experience by undertaking a placement at a newspaper, news agency or broadcast organisation. This is normally for a period of up to four weeks during December/January or March/April. You’re expected to arrange your own placement.

Previous students have completed placements at The Herald and Times Group, the BBC, STV, the Independent, various local newspapers, company press offices and NGOs, such as the Scottish Refugee Council.

Student competitions

Students on the course routinely win nominations and awards in various competitions. In 2015, students won several commendations and awards at the SSJA: commendations for Sports Story of the Year, Multimedia Publication of the Year (for AyeWitness), and News Story of the Year. They also won two awards: News Story of the Year and Scoop of the Year.

In 2016, Maze Magazine won Student Publication of the Year and Multimedia Publication of the Year at the SSJAs.

In 2017, students won two commendations for Feature Story of the Year and the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award and one award for Arts & Entertainment Story of the Year. 

In 2018, students were shortlisted for Student of the Year, Feature of the Year, and Mobile Journalism of the Year awards.

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Course content

Compulsory classes

Multimedia Journalism

This class introduces you to the professional demands of multimedia journalism, equipping you with the techniques needed to create effective digital packages.

You'll learn about:

  • news values
  • generating ideas and sources
  • online research techniques
  • interviewing
  • mobile media
  • creating news
  • features
  • live blogs
  • interactivity
  • digital story-telling techniques
  • audio/video recording and editing
Entrepreneurial Journalism

This class is a collaboration with the prestigious Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, part of the globally renowned Strathclyde Business School.

It aims to increase your employability by allowing you to develop your entrepreneurial ideas in a risk free environment and learn about generating ideas, business planning, funding, developing a portfolio career and personal branding.

You'll also participate in an intensive week of workshops on creating new ventures.

Producing Media

This class enables you to develop a critical understanding of digital journalism production processes by working in a simulated news room over several weeks.

As a team you devise, launch and produce your own online publication and create a social media strategy to market it.

You'll gain direct experience of multimedia news operation through generating ideas, undertaking editorial planning, preparing content, and designing and editing pages. 

Scots Law for Journalists

Most journalists are expected to demonstrate a detailed awareness of the journalist’s rights and responsibilities in their reporting.

You'll learn about:

  • the Scottish legal system
  • court structures and procedures
  • defamation
  • contempt of court
  • legal restrictions on reporting courts, parliament and government
  • copyright
  • confidence and privacy including human rights legislation and media regulatory systems
Media Ethics

This class gives you an understanding of key ethical issues in professional journalism, developing skills in recognising and solving ethical problems.

You'll learn about a journalist’s ethical responsibilities to their employer, target audience and the wider community.  

It'll enable you to analyse and critique key debates, apply appropriate ethical concepts, and develop an awareness of the professional choices that journalists face.

Elective classes

Digital Communication & Society

This class explores the implications and futures of digital technology in communication. The class incorporates the range of digital communication, from mediated conversation, through social media, to blogging and the production and distribution of video content. The importance of the digital environment for politics and the labour market will also be explored. The class will also look at the transformative implications of digital communication for the culture industries, including music, television and cinema, along with the legal and regulatory implications of digital content in an international setting.

Communication & Media Theory in an International Context

This class offers advanced study of the dominant media and communication theories, and their application across a number of international contexts and media platforms. As well as discussing a number of traditions in communication research, the class will reflect critically on trends and texts across a number of media contexts and genres, including popular cultural platforms and the coverage of politics. The class will also look to the implications of international media on the mediation and public understanding of international coverage of conflict and terrorism.

Strategic Communication

This class will acquaint you with the field of strategic communication and the major theories of persuasion. It will explore the process of communicating purposefully from its different stages and thus help you form a well-rounded theoretical understanding of its many facets and complexities. The class will also combine theory and practice by asking you to apply the acquired theoretical perspectives onto professional scenarios.

If you progress to the MLitt, you'll choose to undertake either an academic dissertation or a production dissertation.
Academic Dissertation

This allows you to explore a journalism studies topic at length through robust research methods and analysis.

Suitable subjects include:

  • journalism ethics
  • the media’s institutional and financial frameworks
  • the practice of journalism including textual usage, social media and media effects
  • journalism’s social context
Production Dissertation

The production dissertation enables you to investigate and produce a piece, or a series of pieces, of original digital journalism at length. You will create a substantial multimedia artefact/project of your own work that demonstrates high quality journalism skills and technical proficiency. You will utilise a range of appropriate story-telling platforms e.g. online, audio, video, photography, interactivity, captions and graphics in order to effectively interpret your chosen subject.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered by lectures and seminars, during which a range of teaching and learning strategies are used. These include formal talks, discussions, presentations, role-playing exercises and discussion of recorded material.

You'll also pursue real-life stories, produce your own journalism packages and experiment with entrepreneurial projects in extended workshops. You'll devise, launch and produce your own online publications predominantly through independent learning.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary according to the nature of the class.

Academic subjects are generally assessed by written essays, case studies and presentations.

In the Media Ethics class, students complete an innovative assessment, which requires them to work together in groups to research, create and produce a short video that explores a journalism ethics topic.

In practical journalism classes, students produce individual multimedia journalism packages, portfolios of their own work and a group online news site.

Peer assessment is also used in some of these classes. 

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A good Honours degree, or equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating ability to study at Masters level. Experience of student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism.

English language requirements

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you've successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you don't need to present any additional evidence.

If you're from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

£6,800

Rest of UK

£6,800

International

£15,300

Available scholarships

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Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Careers

Graduates of the course are employed at organisations such as:

  • the Herald and Times Group
  • the Press and Journal (Aberdeen)
  • BBC
  • STV
  • DC Thomson
  • the Daily Record

as well as running their own entrepreneurial ventures such as JournoWave.

Job roles include:

  • magazine journalist
  • magazine features editor
  • newspaper journalist
  • newspaper digital editor
  • freelance journalist
  • online journalist
  • digital copywriter
  • digital content creator
  • digital content editor
  • social media manager
  • communications officer
  • public relations officer
  • researcher for a broadcast organisation

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Digital Journalism

Qualification: MLitt
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: full-time

Digital Journalism

Qualification: MLitt
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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