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Start date(s)

September 2022

Study mode(s)

Full time (1 year)

Course overview

Our MA Journalism is an intense programme that prepares graduates for the dynamic and competitive world of journalism and communications.

It has the rare advantage of dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This highly regarded combination, along with our impressive work placement and industry mentoring programmes, opens the doors to organisations including the BBC, ITV, The Express, Sky Sports and a whole network of local, regional and national newspapers and radio stations.

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About this course

The MA Journalism provides a comprehensive understanding of professional journalism practice, including researching and substantiating news stories, interviewing techniques and establishing contacts. Hands-on camera, studio, editing and mobile journalism skills are taught so that our trainees are confident and competent on their industry work placements.

We also cover the increasingly important areas of social media skills, verification techniques, data journalism and analytics. Shorthand is embedded in the course.

Awareness of professional roles, law, public affairs and the regulatory responsibilities of journalists is taught, along with a critical understanding of the political and commercial structures within which the media operate. News skills are refined and there are opportunities to research and over specific areas of interest to showcase a professional versatility across a range of media platforms.

A hands-on approach to training

As this is a very practical programme, much of the course is delivered in workshops where groups are kept small for more hands-on learning. Modules like Media Law and Public Affairs will be more lecture and seminar-based.  

You will also take part in newsdays 9.00am - 5.00pm across several weeks to reflect the news industry environment and give you the experience of what working in a real newsroom will be like.   

All tutors on this programme have a strong track record in industry themselves, which means they bring expert skills, knowledge and also contacts to share with you. Leeds Trinity’s renowned Journalism and Media Week is an example of where our students can get up-close to leading people working in the industry and forge their own contacts and opportunities for placements.  


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The gold standard of journalism training

Our MA has rare dual accreditation by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

These are the accreditations that editors look for when recruiting a trainee journalist because they effectively mean that the trainee has successfully completed a course that meets the 'gold standard' of journalism training. The accreditation recognises the quality of the course in developing journalists for the demands of a fast-changing multimedia industry. Students sit the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism alongside their MA at no additional cost for their first attempts.


You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.


Due to the dual accreditation, this full-time course requires full attendance and there are lectures and workshops four to five days a week (Monday-Friday). During live production, full working days 9.00am to 5.00pm are required. 

Therefore, it is not possible to combine this course with a day job.

Weeks are allocated for professional placement from June to September, which allow trainees to transition from study to work.

News Skills

An intensive, practical module providing the multi-media skills needed in any newsroom, regardless of platform. This module also includes shorthand.

Law, Ethics and Regulation

This will give you the knowledge required to become a legally safe and ethical journalist, and to follow regulatory codes.

Live Production

You will run your own multimedia newsroom, producing radio, TV and multimedia stories in real time for our own website and external organisations.

Public Affairs

This will support the development of your knowledge in relation to British central and local government.

Professional Placement 

All trainees must complete at least three weeks of placement, including a professional newsroom placement.

Journalism Project

This is a substantial final project, which assesses both practical and academic competencies and is supported by a personal supervisor.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


Assessments mainly consist of coursework portfolios where you will be producing journalism of your own for different platforms including online, TV and radio studio output. Some modules are assessed through exams – for example, Law, Ethics and Regulation, Public Affairs and News Skills.

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

The typical entry requirement for this programme is a good honours degree (usually 2:1 or above) or equivalent in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language, IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in any component) or equivalent is the minimum requirement.

Applicants are required to sit an NCTJ entry test to assess writing skills, news sense and general knowledge. If successful, applicants will be invited for interview where we want to find out more about your interest in our course and in journalism in general.


Fees and Funding

UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

How to apply

Apply online using the following link(s).

Full time

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Tuesday 31 May 2022. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than Thursday 30 June 2022.

What happens 

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email, process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within three days.

The programme leader will either make a decision based on your application or invite you to attend an interview.

If you're selected for an interview, you'll be contacted with details within ten days of your application being processed.

The admissions team will notify you of your interview outcome in writing within five working days of receiving a decision from the Programme Leader.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

This will usually be by presenting the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student administration office (AM36) on campus.

The Media Centre and facilities

Our industry-leading production spaces and equipment will help you to produce high-quality professional work across media platforms.

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The Yorkshire Evening Post says...

"The many MA graduates from Leeds Trinity who join us as trainees are ready to hit the ground running as they are NCTJ trained and have all the skills we are looking for. They have progressed into senior roles after such a strong foundation - and we value working with tutors to help the journalists of the future to flourish."

Laura Collins, Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post