Journalism (University of Ulster - Coleraine)

University of Ulster

County/location

  • Antrim

Qualifications

  • Degree - Masters

Attendance options

  • Full time

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Qualification Letters

MA

Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

How to apply
www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline

You should also submit an unpublished news article of 500 words that a newspaper in the area that you live (no matter where in the world) could publish. The article should be word-processed, using double line spacing. Applicants with published news stories or audio-visual pieces may submit two of these in addition to their unpublished article. This should be a photocopy clipping from the original publication or a copy on CD-ROM and be clearly labelled with title of publication, date and page number. The original article/material should not be submitted as we are unable to return supplementary materials. News stories should be emailed to Maggie Swarbrick (mm.swarbrick@ulster.ac.uk) Interviews are usually held in early May.

Application Date

The closing date is February 28th. Late applications may be accepted until March 31st.

Application Weblink

http://study.ulster.ac.uk/postgraduate/applying.php

Duration

Attendance
Five full days a week.

Course Fee

Fee information
Please refer to the University wepage for fees info - http://study.ulster.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees.php
The exam fees for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) are about £320 and should be paid on accepting a place on the course.

Link to Course Fee

http://study.ulster.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees.php

Entry Requirements

Entry conditions
An good honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. Relevant professional experience will be taken into account.

English language requirements for international applicants : IELTS: 7.5.

English language requirements for overseas applicants
Our Centre for English Language Teaching is a specialised unit within the University which provides English language teaching and support for registered international students. We offer a Foundation Diploma in English for Academic Purposes, two Pre-sessional Programmes in July – September: Pre-sessional PLUS (IELTS 5.0) and standard Pre-sessional (IELTS 5.5 – 6.0) at the Jordanstown campus and in-sessional modules in Semesters I and II at all campuses (Belfast, Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee). Please note that individual courses may require a higher level of attainment – please check courses' entry requirements individually.

Course Content

Overview
This programme provides comprehensive training in the skills needed to enter the journalism profession internationally and is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for print, online and broadcast journalism.

It is also part of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy, one of only 23 of these centres of excellence in the world. Past students have won top awards in Ireland and the UK and hold senior positions in news organisations. The course incorporates the NCTJ Diploma, which equips trainee journalists with the knowledge and skills for professional entry level journalism.

This course
• National Council for the Training of Journalists

• part of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy, one of only 23 academies of excellence in the UK

• the 'UK's best performing postgraduate journalism programme' (NCTJ, December 2009) - our students came top in a wide range of NCTJ exams in 2009 - online news writing, media law, court reporting, public affairs for Northern Ireland, national and international public affairs, shorthand to 100 words a minute and the production of a portfolio of written, TV, radio and online work. In 2010/11 our students had a 100% success rate in gaining grades A-C in the NCTJ law, portfolio and Public Affairs assessments.

Structure and content
This intensive and practical programme provides a thorough grounding in the skills involved in news reporting, writing, news broadcasting and shorthand. Students undertake reporting exercises in courts, councils, with the emergency services and on major sports events with BBC interactive, and will have a six-week placement with a media organisation.

Modules include Law, Public Affairs, News Writing, Broadcast Journalism and News and Society. Contact programme director for further details.

Further Enquiries

Contact details
Ms Maggie Swarbrick
Teaching Fellow in Journalism
Tel: 028 70324277
Email: mm.swarbrick@ulster.ac.uk

Course Web Page

http://study.ulster.ac.uk/prospectus/course/201415/1756