MLitt/PgDip Digital Journalism

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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
  • Practical module: launch an online publication

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 report 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.

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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

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 Skills for Media & Communication

Information and Communication Technology offers a range of tools and opportunities for professionals in the field of media and communication.

These tools offer technical capabilities for interactive and data-driven storytelling, instant access to a global audience and a range of tools for visualising and analysing audience interaction with media content.

This class explores a variety of digital tools to learn how new affordances provided by digital technology can be used for journalism, media and communication. This is a fully practical classes organised as weekly two-hour laboratory sessions.

The class will focus on two key components:

  1. designing information for online publications and
  2. analysing media content and audience engagement.

The class will introduce a range of digital tools, providing a hands-on learning context for students.

This class will compliment knowledge provided by other classes in the MLitt in Media and Communication degree programme by providing an in-depth understanding of emerging digital media practices that are increasingly becoming integral elements of media and communication.

Entrepreneurial Journalism and Innovation

This class aims to provide you with the inspiration, mindset and skills you need to create new business ventures, or to prepare for self-managed portfolio careers within the context of the creative industries.

Its purpose is to afford the opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas in a risk-free environment.

The class content includes:

  • developing an idea
  • finding your niche
  • technological innovation in journalism
  • freelance careers 
  • new models of journalism

As well as learning new skills, they'll also be able to engage with guest speakers who have forged successful entrepreneurial careers in the media world.

By the end of the course, students will understand some of the key drivers that impact upon the successful creation and management of a new venture where journalism is a core skill, understand the skills and resources needed to create an entrepreneurial organisation, develop an awareness of the requirements of freelance journalism and gain knowledge of innovation in journalism.

Media & Health

This conceptual class explores many of the contradictions and consequences of how health is presented in the media.

The media’s role is to provide both information and entertainment, so we also examine entertainment media and its influence on health education, social norms, and stigmatisation.

After this class, students will understand better how illness and health are presented by the media, what contributes to such representations, and how that affects public attitudes and behaviours.

They will also begin to notice some of the health myths sold through the media and become a more discerning media consumers overall.

They will discover the disciplines of public health, health communication and risk communication and their many complexities.

Last, but not least, students will become better journalists or writers, not just about health, but about people.

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.

Communicating Science and the Environment

Concerns about the impact of humankind on the environment and the threat to planetary health caused by unsustainable patterns of production, consumption and management mean that there is a pressing need for this module which explores media, science and the environmental crisis.

This class provides students with a critical overview of key debates regarding science and environmental communications and focuses on how messages are produced, packaged, and circulated for diverse audiences with examples drawn from legacy media and contemporary social media platforms.

Students will thus gain an understanding of overarching theoretical approaches to science and the environment from the cross-cutting fields of Sociology of media; cultural studies; feminist research; critical race research and science and technology studies.

We will examine reporting of the climate emergency; analyse framing of microplastics in the media, explore the role of celebrities in shaping environmental campaigns and deconstruct assumptions about what constitutes ‘pollution’.

The module is assessed by an academic essay and a short blog post.

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 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. 

Taylor McDaniel MLitt Digital Journalism student

Taylor McDaniel, United States

MLitt Digital Journalism

I really enjoy how practical and useful my programme has been so far. We're not just learning theory, we're doing hands on journalism creation and production. This is not only very helpful for future career prospects, it's really fun too!
Digital Journalism student Abheet Raghav

Abheet Raghav, India

MLitt Digital Journalism

My experience so far at the University of Strathclyde has been beyond satisfactory in the challenging circumstances due to COVID-19. Despite so many restrictions, the university left no page unturned when it comes to providing an efficient learning experience along with inviting a range of guest lecturers. This certainly has been the highlight for me.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, or professional experience demonstrating ability to study at Masters level.

Experience of student journalism, a media work placement, freelance work or professional journalism is desirable.

English language requirements

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-UK/Ireland) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde.

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

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

International students

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status.
  • EU and International 50% Merit Scholarships available to self-funded, international fee-paying offer-holders (includes those classed as EU fee group). The scholarship entitles the recipient to a discount of 50% on tuition fees.
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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise. Please note second year will be subject to increases.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year (or studying standalone modules) should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland & Ireland

Mlitt or MSc:

Full time - £8,700
Part-time* - £4,350


Full time - £5,800
Part-time* - £2,900

*Please note Year 2 fee will be subject to an increase



Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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 postgraduate students

Scottish 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.

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

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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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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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