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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

  • There is no deadline for this start date.
Tuition fee
  • GBP11700 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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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.

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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