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Journalism (Ulster University - Coleraine)

Ulster University


  • Antrim


  • Degree - Masters

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Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Start Date: September 2016.

Application Date

Application is directly to the University via an online system.

You should also submit an unpublished news article of 500 words that a newspaper in the area that you live (no matter where in the world) could publish.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 Applicants with published news stories or audio-visual pieces may submit two of these in addition to their unpublished article.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. The closing date is February 29th. Late applications may be accepted until March 31st.

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Semesters 1 and 2; attendance can be 9-5 at least 3 days a week. Semester 3 is spent on placement, and completion of the dissertation.

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Entry Requirements

Postgraduate courses
To be eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree course, you must;
◦provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grades A-C or equivalent); and

◦hold an Honours or degree from a UK or Republic of Ireland or from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from another institution which has been recognised by the Senate for this purpose; or

◦hold an equivalent standard in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; and

◦satisfy additional requirements as described in the prospectus entry for your chosen course; or

◦provide evidence of your ability to study at postgraduate level through the accreditation of your experience or learning.

Entry Requirements
At least a 2.2 at degree level. Other professional experience will be considered .

English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 7.0 . Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.




Professional recognition
National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Course Content

Professional journalism theory and practice: news-gathering, reporting, newswriting, sub-editing and ethics for a changing media landscape.

NCTJ accredited Journalism course with a strong record of graduate employment in the news industry.

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 Media Academy. 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.

Work placement / study abroad
A placement of up to 6 weeks in a newsroom.

Assessment Method

Teaching and learning assessment
The course contains a considerable practice based element. Teaching and learning is delivered through live news exercises, as well as a portfolio of original work. Assessment is through practice based work, essays and examinations where appropriate.

Careers or Further Progression

Career options
Print, online and broadcast journalism.

Further Enquiries

Course Director: Maggie Swarbrick
T: +44 (0) 28 7012 4277
E: mm.swarbrick@ulster.ac.uk

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