MA Broadcast and Digital Journalism UK

Key facts

Students hone their skills in a professional high definition TV studio and have the opportunity to work on political discussion programmes. We use the industry standard Burli system to create radio programmes and edit videos for TV programmes using AVID.

Key facts

(Research Excellence Framework 2014)

Key facts

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.

This is a course for storytellers with a mission to inform. You will gain a practical introduction to the core skills of modern journalism, particularly broadcast and online, and examine the media’s relationship with society. If you have developed a particular interest or specialism from your first degree, or are thinking of pursuing a career in general news journalism, it will give you space to develop your skills, researching, writing and presenting the stories you find.

You will explore the rapidly changing world of the professional journalist, and gain the legal knowledge to navigate the complex world of media law and ethics. You’ll work in modern TV studios, develop online content, and record interviews and news reports. We have a range of media partners – including the BBC, Mustard, and Future radio – who from time to time offer the students production opportunities.

If you have an inquiring mind and are passionate about online and broadcast news, this is the course for you.


This MA degree is designed to equip you with the core practical and theoretical skills of journalism and electronic communications, preparing you for work within the communications industries or a related career. At the same time, you will develop the ability to reflect critically on the nature and limitations of news coverage. Our School is home to internationally recognized experts, and you will have access to their expertise in the fields of public affairs, politics, international relations and cultural change.

This course is intended for those who foresee a career in British Media. It includes detailed study of UK public affairs and media law, including codes of regulation and the legal constraints on criminal and court reporting.

You will practice interviewing, reporting, video and broadcast production and learn how to produce and structure news stories for different media. We also offer you the opportunity to participate in a number of visits, including to political and media institutions locally and in London, as well as in Northern Europe, working with our partner academic institutions in Belgium. 

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. You will be based on campus and at the School’s own production suite within a TV studio complex in the centre of Norwich.

Course structure

The course is made up of a number of core practical modules which run throughout the year, as well as optional modules and a practical dissertation project.

You will take an extended module in broadcast and production journalism. This ese module 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 and production. You will be expected to generate your own stories, and to go out into the local community to research and produce them including practice of radio news feature and bulletin production.

The module Contemporary Journalism, Ethics and Practice enables you to develop reporting and writing skills, as well as an 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. You will also examine changes within the industry. The module is designed to give you further practical experience of the issues and techniques of journalism, particularly as they relate to developing content for online news and information sites.

You will take Essential UK Public Affairs and Law for Journalists. As part of this module, you will survey the judicial system of England and Wales and a journalist’s rights and responsibilities within it. The public affairs aspect of the unit covers the principal elements of the UK political system. You will be given an opportunity to practise the rights, responsibilities and techniques of journalists in relation to the British system, developing a critical understanding and familiarity with current affairs, particularly in relation to the reporting of issues such as national identity, citizenship, cultural diversity and the role of the media in such matters. You will learn how UK law and legal processes impact upon newsgathering and publication for audio and audio-visual media. You will gain an awareness of the legal precedents established in online practice (now a core element of multiplatform journalism) and how they are gaining more widespread application.

You will also choose an optional module, selected according to your interests and specialisms and allowing you to explore a particular aspect of that subject in more depth. Modules currently on offer (subject to timetabling considerations) include Public Relations, Public Affairs and the Media; Democracy and Free Speech; and Crime, Violence and Disasters in the Global Media. Recent extra-curricular activities have included workshops on cultural entrepreneurship – self-branding and promotion – to guide you in developing a high-visibility presence in the creative and media industries.

Skills and experience

As well as gaining an extensive understanding of the practical aspects of journalism, from content development and reporting to editing and camera work, you will also become well versed in public affairs and current political issues, with opportunities to cover topical issues, such as nationality and identity, the environment and international trade, conflict and dissent.

You will be in an excellent position to move into a career in communications and journalism, with a solid understanding of journalistic ethics and media law, including the expanding area of digital journalism.

As part of this course you will be able to take part in visits to various political and media institutions both in the UK and abroad, learning first-hand from experts in the field about professional journalistic practice.

You will be part of our wider postgraduate community and will have the opportunity to attend numerous events and talks during your time here. We regularly attract distinguished guest lecturers, who have recently included Gary Gibbon, Political Editor for Channel 4 News;  Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian; Shami Chakrabarti, former director of Liberty; Anne McElvoy of The Economist; and John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons. Find out more and listen to some of these lectures.


Assessment is by a range of coursework assignments. As well as some formal essays, you will work on individual and collaborative media presentations and productions. You will develop an online portfolio of your own journalism work, which can also be a valuable addition to your CV.

Towards the end of the course you will complete a dissertation by practice, which is an opportunity for you to produce a video (or audio) 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 dissertation will be agreed in discussions with a supervisor. Modern digital video, audio and editing equipment will be available to you for this project.

Course tutors and research interests

We have more than 30 members of staff in the School, many of them actively engaged with research in the field. We take an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach in our work, linking theory to practice, to create a distinctive programme of research. This has given us a strong international reputation for research in a wide variety of areas, including international relations, international relations theory, international security, terrorism, human rights, religion, the US, Britain, the EU, Japan, Africa, the mass media, digital media, political communications, popular culture, identity politics, public administration and public policy, political theory and political rhetoric.

Where next?

Past students of this degree have gone on to develop dynamic careers for themselves in news or sports journalism, local radio and TV, programme presentation, and online journalism and investigation, both in the UK and around the world. One graduate, for example, works in video news production for a major UK media group, while another has experienced a press and public relations role within a national sports body. Many, including international students, have secured practical internships in the UK immediately following the course, which have helped get their careers on the road.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module gives students a wide and detailed grounding in all aspects of radio and television journalism and news production. Core topics include audio and video editing, camera work, sound and studio and location production techniques. Students will develop practical production skills such as bulleting preparation and writing to picture. They will collaborate, in small teams, in the production of radio and TV news programmes and reports. This module is restricted to those students taking the Broadcast Journalism MA. Other postgraduate students interested in the topic are welcome to apply to join the PRACTICAL VIDEO AND TV NEWS PRODUCTION module.




The module will demystify the close world of the professional journalist and enable students to understand what gets into the news (and what does not) and why. It helps students develop practical skills and techniques in the production of all forms of journalism (in an age of media convergence, the ability to produce good clean copy is equally as important as the production of multi-media assets). Weekly practical exercises will help them develop reporting skills and the techniques of online presentation required to ensure access to an audience. The module will look at the development of journalism, primarily in the West, the development of new forms, such as Online Media and the challenges facing journalism in the contemporary environment. Students will develop their own Online presence. The module will include a number of talks by industry practitioners from a variety of backgrounds.




The dissertation by practice allows students 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.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


Teaching in the UK Law sessions will survey the judicial system of England and journalist's rights and responsibilities within it. It will look at the influence and role of European institutions and legislation. Practical sessions will include visits to Magistrates and/or Crown Courts. Students will learn how law and legal process impact upon newsgathering and publication for print and audio-visual media. Taught sessions will reflect on the principles of democracy, defamation, intellectual property, freedom of the press, freedom of information, press regulation and the public interest as these relate to news coverage. The Public Affairs sessions will study the structure and operation of British central and local government, including Parliament and the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies. The principal elements of the UK political process will be taught, including the electoral processes, the role of elected representatives, civil servants, politicians, political parties, finance, government and government communications techniques. Students will be given opportunity to practice the rights and responsibilities of journalists in relation to UK and EU systems. Students shall attend and report local and/or national political proceedings.




This module is intended to provide all students studying media related postgraduate degrees with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media today. The guiding philosophy informing this module is the belief that in order properly to understand the media, whether as a lawyer, economist, development studies professional, media studies specialist or political scientist, it is essential to have a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary understanding of the modern media. What we shall be doing over the year therefore is looking at the structure of the media industry today in the UK and globally. We will consider, from several different academic perspectives, how media content is constructed, what factors and influences go to shape content and how content may be controlled and even censored. We will also look at the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed, what factors influence its current organisation and consider how it might develop. We will also examine how media affects people and society and consider also the assumptions that are made about the impact of the media. Finally, we will seek to draw together key aspects of modern media.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits


The module examines one of the pressing issues of political theory, constitutional law, democracy, and media regulation: why is free speech important and what if any should be its limits? Students are introduced to some of the classic defences of free speech found in the writings of J.S. Mill and the judicial decisions of Oliver Wendall Holmes. Following on from this they will examine the question of free speech as it relates to freedom of the press and new media. Students will also explore the question of the limits of free speech, particularly in relation to hate speech. At this point students will have a chance to examine human rights instruments and laws pertaining to the issues, including the ECHR, the Human Rights Act 2008, and the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2008, as well as a range of legal cases from courts across the world. During the module the students will be exposed to a range of deeper ideological debates among liberals, libertarians, multiculturalists, and critical theorists. The approach will be multidisciplinary drawing on politics, philosophy, and law. Finally, the format of the module will be a two-hour class each week, comprising research-led teaching, seminar discussions, practical exercises, textual reading, balloon debate, and essay writing and research-skills mini-sessions. The module will rely heavily on formative feedback on presentation and essay writing skills, building to one assessed long essay and a seminar performance mark.




Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, this module examines contemporary gender and power relations. It examines both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media and sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the relationship between feminist theory and activism.




This module explores the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. The theoretical component of the module examines the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work-based environments. We will also relate theory to the practice of intercultural communication in the LCS public lectures. During these lectures, invited practitioners will introduce students to how IC operates in specific organisations, e.g. in government agencies, in multilingual business management, education etc. The module is relevant to those wishing to pursue careers in international management and relations, multilingual business and international development; it is also of interest to those who wish to become more effective communicators in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education and cultural mediation.




This module examines the study of security in the international system, through its roots in Cold War strategic studies to the development of the more broadly focused field of security studies today. The module critically analyses contemporary security issues and provides a sound theoretical base for considering practical issues of security, including new wars, intervention and terrorism. Themes are explored from theoretical perspectives and include security and the nation state, war and peace, new wars, alliances, democratic peace, securitisation, human security, the arms industry, religion and security and terrorism.




Working from the assumption that the media are an integral part of modern political life, this module examines the way in which politics is represented in the media and reviews critically the argument about 'bias'. It also explores the arguments around the ownership and control of media, the increasing use of the media by political parties and the changing relationship between citizens and politics engendered by new communication technologies.




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. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Any Subject
  • Degree Classification UK BA or BSc (Hons) 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: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 68 (minimum 55 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.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact


This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

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 for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300
  • International Students: £14,800

We estimate living expenses at £820 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.

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