MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism International

Full Time
Degree of Master of Arts


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On this course you will create video reports covering real news stories in the UK, and utilise those reports to make complete news programmes. Mingming Zheng reported on Norwich street celebrations for the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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“The MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism offers first-hand experience from industry experts, who understand that journalists can rarely afford to be one-dimensional. The tutors gave me a well-grounded knowledge of print, radio and video journalism, and the opportunity to craft a strong body of work, which, alongside opportunities to work with Future Radio and the BBC, helped me to start my career as a digital reporter.” Eddie Bingham, MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism graduate.

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Students benefit from working in a professional studio environment, developing skills and experience which will serve them well upon graduation.

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The MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism gives students the opportunity to sample real work situations. Students hone their skills in a professional high definition studio working on political discussion programmes involving MP’s or MEP’s and live studio audiences.


Emma graduated with an MA in Broadcast Journalism Theory and Practice from UEA. During this short video, Emma describes the valuable work experience and skills gained during the course and how it directly influences her current media role with England Netball.

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On this UK focused version of our Broadcast and Digital Journalism Masters you will gain the practical skills of modern journalism, particularly broadcast and online, with a focus on UK journalism practices, political systems and media law.

You’ll explore the rapidly changing world of the professional journalist, and gain the knowledge to navigate the complexities of UK media law and ethics. You’ll work in modern TV studios, explore mobile journalism, develop online content, and record interviews and news reports.

If you have an inquiring mind and are passionate about news and UK current affairs, this course is for you. Whether you’ve developed an interest or specialism from your first degree, or are thinking of pursuing a career in general news journalism, this course will give you the space to develop your skills.


This MA programme is designed to equip you with the core practical and theoretical skills of journalism and electronic communications, preparing you to work in the communication industries or a related career. It will also help you develop the ability to reflect critically on the nature and limitations of news coverage.

You’ll take an international overview of media law and political systems, and have the chance to consider the demands made of correspondents reporting from beyond their home territories.

In addition to your Master’s Extended Journalism Project, you’ll undertake compulsory modules that will arm you with practical skills, give you an understanding of ethical journalism, and help you see the role of the media from a broader perspective. You’ll also select an optional module to further your specific interests.

You will practice  interviewing, reporting, video and audio broadcast production, and learn how to develop and structure news stories for different media. The course normally includes a number of talks by invited professionals, and, visits, which in the past have included political and media destinations in London. (These activities are subject to review, and may be altered or cancelled as a consequence of the covid pandemic.)

Our School is home to internationally recognised experts, and you will have access to their knowledge in the fields of public affairs, politics, international relations and cultural change.

Teaching sessions (of various formats) are in the region of 15 hours each week.

Course Structure

This Masters course is made up of a number of core practical modules, which run throughout the year, as well as an optional module and an extended journalism project.

Our compulsory extended module in Broadcast TV and Video News Production will provide you with a thorough overview of all aspects of mass-media journalism, reporting and editorial, as well as technical elements such as audio recording and editing, camera operation, sound, video editing, studio practice, production and presentation. You will be expected to generate your own stories, and to go out into the local community to research and produce them. This includes the production of audio talks or presentations. In the event of continuing pandemic conditions, some of these activities may be delivered virtually.

Our Contemporary Journalism: Practice and Ethicsmodule is designed to give you further practical experience of the issues and techniques of journalism, particularly as they relate to reporting and to developing content for online news and information sites. It will enable you to develop your newsgathering and writing skills, as well as instilling appreciation of a proper ethical framework for your journalism. You will look at how newsrooms are run, the reporter’s working day and how stories are found and developed. And it will allow you to examine changes within the industry.

Your Media and Society module will offer you a broad, up-to-date and interdisciplinary approach to mass communications. The guiding philosophy informing the module is the belief that, in order to understand the media, it is essential to have a wide-ranging and multidisciplinary perspective. This means understanding the legal, economic and political dimensions of media, as well as its cultural role in the wider global order. You will explore the structure of the media industry today, analysing how media content is constructed, what factors and influences shape it, and how it may be controlled and even censored. You will come to understand how the media work today – and how they could work in the future.

In addition to your compulsory modules you’ll choose one optional module, selected according to your interests and specialisms.

Towards the end of your course you will complete an Extended Journalism Project, which is an opportunity for you to produce a video, audio or multimedia (text plus media elements) project that is both a substantial piece of journalism and a demonstration of your broadcast production skills. You will also reflect on the development and practical execution of your project. The subject and format of your practice-based project will be agreed in discussions with a supervisor. Modern digital video, audio and editing equipment will be available to you for this project, shared with other students.

Teaching and Learning

The practical aspects of this course are taught by experienced broadcast journalists. You will take modules that look at journalism and journalistic ethics, TV, radio and online news production. You will study the stories of the day to see how working journalists are interpreting and developing their role.

Independent study

You’ll support your learning with your own reading and investigation. You will also be expected to immerse yourself in published broadcast, print, and online news. On average you should allocate 8 hours to the following of media sources (newspapers, radio, TV and online news and current affairs) each week, and an additional 8 hours for reading recommended books and other texts. You will also be carrying out reporting and production tasks outside normal teaching periods, which will take up several hours each week, averaging up to 5 hours at certain times.


In addition to your practical Masters extended journalism project, you will be assessed through a range of coursework assignments. As well as a limited number of formal essays, you will work on individual and collaborative media presentations and productions. And you’ll develop an online portfolio of your journalism work, which will be a valuable addition to your CV.

Some of your modules may include course tests, and at times you may be required to produce journalistic work under observation for assessment purposes.

Study abroad or Placement Year

There is no study abroad option with this course. In the past, there have been voluntary short study visits to Belgium and France. Local and foreign visits (for which students are required to make a financial contribution) may resume when pandemic conditions permit.

After the course

Previous UEA journalism graduates have gone on to develop dynamic careers in news and sports journalism, local radio and TV, programme presentation, and online journalism and investigation, both in the UK and around the world.

One international graduate, for example, has been employed in video production for a major UK media group. Others, including international students, have secured practical internships in the UK immediately following the course, which have helped get their careers on the road. Some now work elsewhere for independent or state news organisations, on occasion travelling the world in pursuit of stories.

Career destinations

  • Journalism: writing, media production and reporting
  • Presentation and reporting
  • Broadcasting – TV and radio
  • Production for online or social media
  • Public relations or political communication
  • Further study or teaching

Course related costs

If they take place, the overseas trip and some course visits will involve a fee. All students are expected to obtain a large capacity storage device (such as a portable hard drive) to back up and safeguard their media work. Technical equipment will be provided although it is beneficial for students to have access to a modern smart phone with a good photographic and video capability for some activities. Students will be required to fund their own travel costs to report on news stories within Norfolk on a regular basis.

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 160 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will allow you to develop and practice the essential journalism and production skills required to be a Video Journalist working in the Broadcast or Online sectors. You will develop a fuller understanding of the role of a modern journalist working in these fields and will develop and practice 'soft' skills such as interview technique, report construction and editorial selection, as well as the technical skills of studio production, podcasting, camera operation and video editing. You will learn about Mobile Journalism (MoJo) using mobile phones in a professional way, and video or audio production for Social Media platforms. The module will also investigate ways broadcast journalists have adapted to pandemic conditions, particularly by wider use of distributed or online production techniques. The module will also study the activities of the peripatetic news correspondent, working away from their home territory. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments. Assessment tasks may also be varied to meet current circumstances.




This module will demystify the closed world of the professional journalist and enable you to understand what gets into the news and why. It enables you to develop practical skills and techniques in the production of different forms of journalism (in an age of media convergence, the ability to produce good clean written copy is equally as important as the production of multi-media assets). Regular practical exercises will help you develop reporting skills for ethical journalism and techniques of online presentation required to ensure access to an audience. You will consider the historical development of journalism, primarily in the West, the development of new forms, such as Online, and the challenges facing journalism in the contemporary environment. You will also develop your own online presence. The module will normally include a number of talks by industry practitioners from a variety of backgrounds. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments. Assessment tasks may also be varied to meet current circumstances.




The "Extended Journalism Project" allows students opportunity to demonstrate their ability to produce (research, record or shoot, edit, script and voice) a work of broadcast journalism - video or audio - to a professional standard. As a guide, and unless otherwise agreed, your project deliverable (which will be due towards the end of the summer period) will be a substantial work of TV or radio broadcast journalism, or a 'long read' text article containing multimedia elements for online delivery. Video or audio submissions will normally be 15-20 minutes in duration. Video projects will normally be in the form of an extended reporter piece or documentary; radio programmes may take the format of a long-form feature or documentary. A submission in the optional 'long read' format will include all the elements required for publication of a text and multi-media package online. Whatever the format, the work will examine and relate a story in some detail. Parts of the production process may - by agreement with your supervisor - involve (mutual) collaboration with fellow students in technical areas, such as camera operations or recording, but the editorial content must be your own. Normal professional standards of referencing and sourcing, as generally practised in works of journalism, are expected. You will produce your report in accord with any professional or official Health and Safety guidelines in force at the time. You will also produce a reflective report, documenting and reflecting on your production process, its successes and its limitations. Earlier in the year, you will submit a proposal, outlining your story and how you intend to approach it, which will also be assessed.




How does media shape society? How does society shape media? These are key questions for anyone interested in the role of media today. Our aim is to provide you with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media and their relationship to society, and you will be taught by experts in media law, media studies, political science, and development. You will: #Be exposed to many different approaches to the study of media. #Learn about different media systems and how they are regulated and funded. #Analyse media content and you will debate how best to research media effects. #Encounter arguments about the digital divide and about the new global media political economy. #Explore how media content is constructed, what factors and influences go to shape content and how content may be controlled and even censored. #Look at the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed. #Examine how media affects people and society. #Have the opportunity to reflect upon likely future developments in the relationship between media and society. You will be able to develop your own ideas on these matters through the long essay that you write at the end of the module, supported in this by workshops and tutorials.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students may select from the following list of options.

Name Code Credits


'Hollywood' as an industry, cultural institution and maker of films has dominated the global cinematic imagination for decades. On this module, we investigate the history, production cultures and texts made by the US film industry from its classic period to contemporary filmmaking. This will include analysing Hollywood from a range of perspectives, which may include things like studio filmmaking, independent filmmaking, genre filmmaking and the blockbuster. In doing so we will discover the multiplicity of cinemas at work within the concept of Hollywood.




Do you wish to pursue a career in international management and relations, multilingual business, or international development? Are you interested in becoming a more effective communicator in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education, and cultural mediation? In this module we will explore the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. You will examine the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work/organisation-based environments. During the seminars/lecture series, invited practitioners will introduce you to how IC operates in specific organisations, including government agencies or in multilingual business management. On completion of this module, you will have developed the linguistic skills, cultural competence, and critical thinking required for the production of an extended research project in intercultural communication. You will also have acquired a sense of how cultural assumptions may influence communication with others from different backgrounds, and developed a greater willingness to enter into dialogue with the values prevalent in cultures other than your own.




The media plays an increasingly important role in international development - from promoting mass mobilisation and participation to facilitating the flow of information locally, nationally and internationally. The media are also central to encouraging charitable donations, promoting democracy and human rights, and delivering public health messages during emergencies. You'll gain a critical introduction to the broad range of issues relevant to the relationship between media and development. You'll explore the fields of development communication, media development and media representations of development.




This module enables students to develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of public affairs, interest intermediation, and the strategies used by interest, advocacy groups and others to influence the political process. As well as covering the main debates in the academic literature, it draws directly on the experience of practitioners and offers unique insights into this under-studied area of politics.




The module looks at the history of China and Japan from the mid-19th century to the present day. You'll cover the attempts at modernisation, conflict between the two nations, their relationships with the Asian region and the United States. You'll also investigate their contrasting attempts to develop in the post-war period. In addition, you'll assess their current policies and the issues of importance to China and Japan in the 21st century, and explore whether they can move beyond the legacy of this difficult history.




Digital technologies are often hyped as revolutionising society. You will be introduced to the ways in which the internet and other digital technologies are (and are not) affecting society from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The module is divided into three blocks: the first introduces the theoretical debates surrounding digital media; the second discusses how our everyday interpersonal relations are affected by digital media; the third addresses the impact of digital technology on media and politics. Topics covered include: the network society; social networking and virtual communities, surveillance, digital journalism and online activism.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any Subject
  • Degree Classification Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Pre-sessional courses online from June to September 2020. Further details can be found on the INTO UEA Online Pre-Sessional English webpage.



The next intake for this course is 1 February 2021, with subsequent intakes in September each year starting in September 2021.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Course Open To

This degree is particularly suitable for applicants who have gained an area of specialist knowledge at first degree level, and who wish to combine that with broadcast journalism expertise, opening up for themselves the possibility of a career in the media, perhaps as a specialist reporter or broadcaster.

The course is not suitable for students who have previously taken a professional qualification, such as an NCTJ or a BJTC Accredited Course. Such students, wishing to take a higher degree and extend their theoretical knowledge of Journalism and the Media, are advised to apply for the MA Media Culture and Society.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850
  • International Students: £16,400

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for UK/EU students).

Living Expenses

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a number of Scholarships and Awards on offer. For further information relevant to Political, Social and International Studies, visit the Scholarships and Funding page for postgraduate students.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

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International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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