Senior Journalist Master's Degree Apprenticeship (Journalism) MA

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Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years
Start Date
January 2022, September 2022, January 2023

Overview

Gain a Master's in Journalism while you earn a salary on this distance learning Senior Journalist Master’s Degree Apprenticeship – developed with the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) and employers including the BBC, Guardian News and Media, Haymarket Media Group, Reach Plc and Sky News.

  • Learn advanced journalism skills as you build on your degree, journalism diploma or journalism apprenticeship
  • Develop the abilities you need to be a senior leader in a newsroom or communications team
  • Master the technical skills you need to deliver reports using different types of media including video
  • Get bespoke support from a workplace mentor and your course tutor
  • Use the latest professional software including Photoshop, Indesign and Premier Pro
  • Spend at least 20% of your time studying towards your Master's, even out of term time
  • Get tuition fees paid by the Government or your employer pay your tuition fees

This is a new course and we're currently finalising the detailed information for this page. You can still see entry requirements and apply. You can also see information about what modules you'll study and course costs.

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Entry requirements​

Qualifications and experience
  • Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices, liaising with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.
  • Applicants might be expected to have either: gained a regulated Diploma in Journalism qualification; achieved a degree (any subject); or completed the Junior Journalist Apprenticeship. Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, training, work experience or other criteria. Some employers will seek candidates who have previously worked as a journalist.
  • All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass. Please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification, please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
Selection process
  • A portfolio submission and/or interview will be required as part of the selection process.

All our courses go through a rigorous approval process to make sure they’re of the highest quality. This includes a review by a panel of experts, made up of academic staff and an external academic or professional with specialist knowledge.

This course is in the final stages of this process and is open for applications. If any details of the course or its approval status change after you apply, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and will be here to discuss your options with you.

​What you'll study

Modules

  • Investigative Journalism – 15 credits
  • Major Project – 60 credits
  • Media Law and Regulation – 15 credits
  • Professional Practice – 30 credits
  • Portfolio – 15 credits
  • Writing and Producing News for a Digital Audience – 15 credits
  • News Reporting – 15 credits
  • Government, Power and the Media – 15 credits

You can also choose to take a no credit option of Shorthand where you'll learn Teeline in a bid to reach 100wpm.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Supporting your learning

As well as the support you get from your workplace mentor, you'll get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees

The payment of the course fee is shared between the Government and employers, so there's no cost to you as the degree apprentice. Levy-paying employers will pay £14,000; non-levy paying employers will contribute £700 with the Government paying the rest.

For further information, please see our Degree Apprenticeships page or contact us.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You'll study 8 modules over the duration of the course. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How you apply depends on whether you’re currently employed or not.

How to apply with your current employer

If you’re in full-time employment and would like to do a degree apprenticeship with your current employer, ask them to contact us so we can discuss with them how we can work together.

You might find it useful to share our information for employers page with them.

How to apply with a new employer

If you’re not employed full-time or not working for a company that can fund and support your degree apprenticeship, you'll need to apply for a degree apprenticeship with a company that offers them.

You'll follow their standard recruitment process and we'll assess your academic suitability for the course once you've applied.

We can let you know when there are degree apprenticeship vacancies available with companies we work with – contact us to give us your details.

You can also browse degree apprenticeship vacancies with employers with whom we already have relationships.

If you have questions about degree apprenticeships, please get in touch with us.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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