MA Journalism and Media Communications with Advanced Research

Why choose Herts?

  • Employment Prospects: Graduates have gone onto work in a variety of media roles such as Press Officers, Social Media Analysts, and Journalists for organisations including BBC, Sharp, Subway and Euromonitor.
  • Teaching Excellence: Learn from our industry-experts, award-winning lecturers who are all experienced in print, web design, journalism, and PR (see key staff section).
  • Work Placement Opportunities: Graduates have taken placements at organisations including the BBC and The Sunday Times. This year three quarters of those who took a placement received a job offer within the media upon graduation.

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

Professional Accreditations

This course is partnered with the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), giving you access to networking and tailored speaker sessions, as well accreditation upon graduation. The University is also an Academic Member of the British Society of Magazine Editors which provides expert speakers and information on the latest trends in this area

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About the course

The MA Journalism and Media Communications (with Advanced Research) is a two-year, full-time taught programme. This route is available to those students who would like the opportunity to have a research focus in a specialist area of media practice developing innovative solutions to ‘real world’ problems. 

Study our MA in Journalism and Media Communications and gain the skills you’ll need for a successful, dynamic career in today’s complex global media industries.

This Masters course aims to prepare you in both practice and analysis of global journalism and media. You’ll benefit from our extensive links with the media industry, including the BBC and the Sunday Times, and gain a grounding in all its aspects, from fast-changing multimedia to magazines, advertising and the excitements of sports journalism.

You may have studied humanities subjects and be looking to deepen your research interests. Or you may have been working in areas such as business or healthcare and need communications skills. Whatever your background, taking this MA will enhance your career by equipping you to operate effectively in a professional media environment. Our business-facing approach means you’ll be taught by lecturers with extensive professional experience of print, web design, journalism and PR, giving this MA its strong focus on your future employability.

During the course you’ll explore the synergies between social media, PR and journalism, focusing on current media practice and the technologies of convergence. You’ll consider how to make communication more effective in professional settings by looking at journalism and its associated business models; learn how to interview and report on events; gain expertise in internal and external corporate communications; and analyse the impact of technology on the communications industries.

Modules may change from year to year but are likely to include Corporate Communication, PR and Advertising; International Journalism Trends; Writing for Magazines; Sports Journalism; and Media Production as well as modules on research methodology. You also have a range of options for your final project. This can be a dissertation on a media subject of your choice, a short work placement, the one-year sandwich placement or a larger media research project, depending on your chosen route.

For Media Production you’ll create multimedia – podcasts, video and advertising – for online magazines, pitch and measure a campaign and use social media to promote your work.  A strong practical element in Writing for Magazines will equip you to write for social media and understand how to create content and engage audiences.

Our module International Journalism Trends explores news ownership and media production on a global scale and provides deeper insight into the theoretical and cultural framework of media and journalism. Sports Journalism will give you a grounding in the exciting practices of sports journalism, from interviewing top stars to reporting on breaking sports stories.

Two modules on research methods and critical and theoretical debates will equip you with advanced research skills and the transferable communications skills - including interviewing, identifying a story and building connections - that are vital for roles in PR and Corporate Communications.

In addition to these modules, in your second year you will also take Advanced Media Research (30 Credits) and the Media Project (60 Credits). The focus of these modules is to develop your professional practice by applying skills learnt to advance your career.

Alternatively, consider taking the MA in 1 year or with a placement year:

MA Journalism and Media Communications

MA Journalism and Media Communications (Sandwich) 

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • A broad range of media communications skills with a strong focus on digital media
  • Expert lecturers widely experienced in the communications industry plus as a partner university with the prestigious Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA)
  • You'll gain valuable networking skills and contacts, listen to expert speakers and gain up to the minute knowledge of the PR industry. Find out more about our speaker series, Media Matters.
  • You'll have the opportunity to take a short work placement in a media-based environment or write a dissertation to improve your theoretical knowledge
  • Gain insights into emerging trends in the fast-changing digital media world giving you skills valued by a wide range of media and related industries.

What will I study?

Teaching on this course takes place mostly in weekly workshops per module, each lasting two-to-four hours, with additional online activities depending on the module. You’ll be supported by regular one-to-one supervision by academics from the University’s Media Group.

Studying our MA Journalism and Media Communications you’ll be part of a diverse and international student cohort within the School of Humanities postgraduate community. Taught by experts in Journalism and Media Communications, you’ll benefit from a supportive academic community and will in addition have opportunities to attend guest lectures which, among others, have previously been delivered by journalists from the ground-breaking digital magazine Gal-dem, as well as presenters from the BBC, Channel Four, and alumni such as Talha Ahad, the founder and CEO of Pakistan’s first digital news service Centrum Media.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Corporate Communication, PR and Advertising 30 Credits Compulsory
    Media Production 30 Credits Compulsory
    Media Research Methods B 15 Credits Compulsory
    Media Project 60 Credits Compulsory
    Media Research Methods A 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Media Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for Magazines 30 Credits Optional
    Sports Journalism 30 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MA Journalism and Media Communications with Advanced Research Download
    Programme specifications
    MA Journalism and Media Communications with Advanced Research Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Journalism and Media Communications has shaped me to become a more independent, and thoughtful individual. It has given me the leverage, and confidence, to pursue a career at one of the top publications in my country. The course is suitable for those who seek to explore different facets of the media industry. Apart from its core journalism, I have gained valuable knowledge in areas such as public relations, film and design.

    Hannah Mohd Rafee

    MA Journalism and Media Communications graduate

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