M.A. Journalism and Society

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,580 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,960 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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M.A. Journalism and Society offers existing journalists a place to think about their profession and its social role.

M.A. Journalism and Society at UEL
offers: a critical account of journalism and public life. Topics range from current debates about spin, privacy and intellectual property to theoretical categories such as the public sphere. It will stretch your thinking about journalism, but is grounded in journalistic practice.


All students taking MA Journalism and Society will do two core modules, an option, a module introducing research methods, and a dissertation this last to be submitted at the end of the summer. The programme can normally be completed in one year (full time) or over two years (part-time).

Learning environment
Seminars, lectures, tutorials, independent learning

Each of five modules is assessed independently. All modules carry 30 credits except the Dissertation, which carries 60 credits. There are no exams. Coursework is comprised of essays, a case study, seminar presentation, and dissertation

Relevance to work/profession
Designed by journalists, the programme is intended for other journalists who wish to take stock of their profession and current trends within it. The programme enables students to clarify their thinking about journalism and helps them to maximise their impact on the profession.

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Each student will submit a dissertation of about 15,000 words towards the end of the programme. This project, chosen and developed in consultation with academic staff, will focus on either a theoretical issue or on a detailed case study relevant to the programme.


Applicants will normally have a good honours degree or equivalent, or comparable professional or research experience; and professional experience of journalism is highly desirable. Applications from overseas and EU students are welcomed. Students whose first language is not English should normally have achieved a score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or equivalent. Eligibility for students without degree-equivalent qualifications will be assessed on the basis of a short essay and statement. Places will be offered after a successful interview with a member of the programme team.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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