Journalism (University of Ulster - Coleraine)

University of Ulster


  • Antrim


  • Degree - Masters

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Year of Entry: 2013

Application Date

Closing date February 28th.
** Please note the change in the date for applications (previously March 31st)

You should also submit an unpublished news article of 500 words that a newspaper in the area that you live (no matter where in the world) could publish.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 Applicants with published news stories or audio-visual pieces may submit two of these in addition to their unpublished article.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 Janetta Chambers ( in the Faculty of Arts.

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One calendar year full-time

Five full days a week

Course Fee

The exam fees for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) are about £260 and should be paid on accepting a place on the course.

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Financial Support

Funding opportunities
Students offered a place on the course may apply for scholarships from the NCTJ Journalism Diversity Fund where appropriate.

Entry Requirements

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

English language requirements: IELTS: 7.5.


Interviews are usually held in early May.


Professional Recognition
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.

Course Content

The Programme
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 (print) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council. It is the only such programme in Ireland and the first MA internationally to achieve this dual accreditation for the multi platform journalism that employers seek from today's journalists.

It is also part of the Northern Ireland Skillset Media Academy, one of only 16 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.

Subjects Taught

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.

Contact Programme Director for details.

Assessment Method

Professional exams, dissertation, and practical work.

Further Enquiries

Faculty of Arts
t: +44 (0)28 7032 3161

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