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Journalism MA (Online)

Falmouth University
Program overview
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
January 2022

May 2022

January 2023

May 2023
Falmouth University

Program description

Journalism MA (Online)

In a rapidly evolving digital era, models of journalism production and distribution are constantly changing. Today’s journalists need to think radically, learn to adapt and exploit new forms of news media and be fluent with key creative tools used to produce compelling news content in various formats - text, video, photo + LIVE news.

Throughout this programme you will critically engage with media ‘disruptors’, develop understanding of the changing relationship of journalist and audience and gain insight into the challenges posed by artificial intelligence, big data and ‘churnalism’. You should find yourself tested and asked to aim high as you become equipped to work independently from anywhere in the world.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Module one

Creative Professional Practice

In this module you will explore key political, regulatory and creative pressures currently affecting journalists to help orientate your practice.

Within this critical context, and drawing on analysis of best practice, you will develop your skills in news-gathering, verification and ideas generation (notably via basic data journalism), using current methods and applications.

Module two

The Mobile Journalist 

This module requires you to critically examine the most effective digital news content produced by global news brands and cutting-edge news ‘disruptors’ to inform your own extensive engagement with key digital apps (focusing on advanced data journalism tools) to create compelling news video, audio and LIVE events stories.

You will also engage in critical discourse around the many impacts digital media have had on professional norms, methods and expectations.

Module three

Journalism Innovation and Enterprise

This module will challenge you to generate your own brand and distinctive product, service or platform.

Drawing on scholarship and business analysis, you will critically evaluate examples of innovation – in storytelling formats, production and distribution – across formats.

This will inform your own creative enterprise, supported by mentors, tested through a pitch process and underpinned by study of copyright, data protection and other relevant legal constraints.

Module four

Audiovisual Storytelling

This module focuses on developing your expertise in the content formats used by mobile multimedia journalists.

Individually and in groups, you will shoot and edit video, record and mix audio and combine media with graphics and text, creating our own multimedia toolbox, contextualising your practice through critical reflection.

A legal/regulatory strand focuses on the tension between privacy, defamation and free expression as it impacts practice.

Final Major Project 

Your studies culminate in a major project, in which you will conceive, plan and execute a substantial journalistic artefact or product/service on a platform of your choice, supported by a reflective critical analysis.

You will be encouraged to follow ‘story beats’ you may be developing for future professional practice – this could include climate and environment, international affairs, big data, lifestyle and more.

The output can be journalism or enterprise activity, or a combination of both, guided in conception and development by lecturers and leading industry professionals.

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total course fee: £11,300 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options 

  • One-off payment
  • Six equal instalments spread over a two-year period

Payment methods 

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.


You will:

  • Develop your skills as a creative and technically agile non-fiction storyteller in order to work independently as a journalist.
  • Learn how to create compelling news for dissemination across multiple content platforms with global audiences in mind.
  • Discover how to thrive and innovate in the international digital news and communications industries.
  • Exploit social media and data journalism tools, developing a critical understanding of the shifting political, social and industry environments in which journalists must operate around the world.

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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