Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies


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Start Year
Full Time
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)

Compulsory modules (160 credits)

Code: PPLM7023Y - Contemporary Journalism: Practice and Ethics

(40 Credits)

This module will demystify the close world of the professional journalist and enable you to understand what gets into the news (and what does not) and why. It enables you to develop practical skills and techniques in the production of all forms of journalism (in an age of media convergence, the ability to produce good clean copy is equally as important as the production of multi-media assets). Weekly practical exercises will help you develop reporting skills and the techniques of online presentation required to ensure access to an audience.

You will consider the development of journalism, primarily in the West, the development of new forms, such as Online Media, and the challenges facing journalism in the contemporary environment. You will also develop your own Online presence. The module will include a number of talks by industry practitioners from a variety of backgrounds.

Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments. You will learn what makes news and how it is gathered. You will study how to turn information into news stories which are appealing and accurate, making clear the difference between fact and comment. You will learn the skills needed to be a news reporter, researching and writing news stories to professional standards. The reporting and editorial skills you will practice in the generation of online content will stand you in good stead should you wish to work in any sector of the profession.

The module will also look at social media and methods of “data visualisation,” a technique gaining more and more currency, particularly for investigative and research-based journalism. The course will make use of online tools to create an environment in which to develop and apply your own journalist skills. This module will encourage you to reflect on the notion of journalistic responsibility and what it means to act ethically as a journalist. Practical ethical issues will include the manipulation of content, the suppression or otherwise of indecent or gruesome material, invasions of privacy, the confidentiality of sources in the post Wiki-leaks era and the future of the UK press, in the aftermath of the Leveson inquiry. It will seek to define a professional response to the current debate over ‘Fake News’. The module will look at journalism past and present – and pose questions about the future of the profession.

Code: PPLM7022Y - Broadcast Journalism

(40 Credits)

You'll develop a wide and detailed grounding in all aspects of radio and television journalism and news production. Core topics include audio and video editing, camera work, sound and studio and location production techniques. You’ll develop practical production skills such as bulletin preparation and writing to picture. You’ll collaborate, in small teams, in the production of radio and TV news programmes and reports. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments. This course exposes students to modern news, magazine programme and documentary production processes in TV and radio. You will collaborate in producing broadcast-style news reports, which will be compiled into magazine format news/current affairs style TV and radio programmes. You will be introduced to camera, audio and editing skills, sufficient to allow you to edit and produce your reports, working with experienced TV and Radio professionals.

The practical teaching will be reinforced by instruction on the packaging and presentation of news and factual material for broadcasting purposes. Teams are given guidance to help them select the topics and approaches for their reports. These will be recorded “on location” in and around Norwich using digital cameras and audio recorders. You will collaborate to produce news / magazine style programmes which will utilise these reports and which will give an insight to studio production techniques and the editorial process. The programme and individual reports can be made available online and/or for students to add to portfolios. Note: Some activities will be adjusted to comply with COVID advice and regulations in place at the time.

Code: PPLM7024Y - Essential UK Public Affairs and Law for Journalists

(40 Credits)

Teaching in the UK Law sessions will survey the judicial system of England and journalist’s rights and responsibilities within it. You will look at the influence and role of European institutions and legislation. Practical sessions may include visits to Magistrates and/or Crown Courts. You will learn how law and legal process impact upon newsgathering and publication for print and audio-visual media.

Taught sessions will reflect on the principles of democracy, defamation, intellectual property, freedom of the press, freedom of information, press regulation and the public interest as these relate to news coverage. The Public Affairs sessions will study the structure and operation of British central and local government. The principal elements of the UK political process will be taught, including the electoral processes, the role of elected representatives, civil servants, politicians, political parties, finance, government and government communications techniques.

You will be given opportunity to practice the rights and responsibilities of journalists in relation to UK and EU systems. Students shall attend and report local and/or national political proceedings. Journalism is a rapidly changing profession, and lecture topics are frequently updated to reflect technical, practice, regulatory and other developments. Note: Some activities will be adjusted to comply with COVID advice and regulations in place at the time.

Code: PPLM7028X - Extended Journalism Project

(40 Credits)

The “Extended Journalism Project” allows students opportunity to demonstrate their ability to produce (research, record or shoot, edit, script and voice) a work of broadcast journalism – video or audio – to a professional standard. As a guide, and unless otherwise agreed, your project deliverable (which will be due towards the end of the summer period) will be a substantial work of TV (video) or radio (audio) journalism, of between 15-20 minutes in duration. Video projects will normally be in the form of an extended reporter piece or documentary; radio programmes may take the format of a long-form feature or documentary.

The work will examine and relate a story in some detail. Parts of the production process may – by agreement with your supervisor – involve (mutual) collaboration with fellow students in technical areas, such as camera operations or recording, but the editorial content must be your own. Normal professional standards of referencing and sourcing, as generally practised in works of journalism, are expected. You will also produce a reflective report, documenting and reflecting on your production process, its successes and its limitations. Earlier in the year, you will submit a proposal, outlining your story and how you intend to approach it, which will also be assessed.

Optional a modules (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules.

Code: PPLC7007B - Intercultural Communication in Practice

(20 Credits)

Do you wish to pursue a career in international management and relations, multilingual business, or international development? Are you interested in becoming a more effective communicator in other professions such as translation, interpreting, education, and cultural mediation? In this module we will explore the issues fundamental to intercultural communication (IC) in practical contexts. You will examine the different ways of thinking about effective communication in a variety of work/organisation-based environments. During the seminars/lecture series, invited practitioners will introduce you to how IC operates in specific organisations, including government agencies or in multilingual business management.

On completion of this module, you will have developed the linguistic skills, cultural competence, and critical thinking required for the production of an extended research project in intercultural communication. You will also have acquired a sense of how cultural assumptions may influence communication with others from different backgrounds, and developed a greater willingness to enter into dialogue with the values prevalent in cultures other than your own.

Code: PPLI7007B - The Foreign Relations of China and Japan in the Modern World

(20 Credits)

The module looks at the history of China and Japan from the mid-19th century to the present day. You'll cover the attempts at modernisation, conflict between the two nations, their relationships with the Asian region and the United States. You'll also investigate their contrasting attempts to develop in the post-war period. In addition, you'll assess their current policies and the issues of importance to China and Japan in the 21st century, and explore whether they can move beyond the legacy of this difficult history.

Code: PPLI7013B - European Union: Power, Politics and Policy

(20 Credits)

You will examine the origins, development and recent history of the European Union, the dynamics of EU decision making, and the working of EU policies in key areas, such as the single market, economic and monetary union, trade, and security and defence. You will explore the role and internal operation of the EU institutions, as well as the interaction between the EU and the member states, including what the obligations of membership imply for member countries. You will critically assess the key theories, models and concepts used in the study of the EU.

Code: PPLM7015B - Gender and Power

(20 Credits)

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, you will examine contemporary gender and power relations. You will examine both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based activism.

Code: PPLX7005B - Public Relations, Public Affairs and the Media

(20 Credits)

This module enables students to develop an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of public affairs, interest intermediation, and the strategies used by interest, advocacy groups and others to influence the political process. As well as covering the main debates in the academic literature, it draws directly on the experience of practitioners and offers unique insights into this under-studied area of politics.

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Entry Requirements

Degree classification

Bachelors (Hons) degree - 2.1 or equivalent

Degree subject

Any Subject

Additional entry requirements

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

This degree is particularly suitable for applicants who have gained an area of specialist knowledge at first degree level, and who wish to combine that with broadcast journalism expertise, opening up for themselves the possibility of a career in the media, perhaps as a specialist reporter or broadcaster.

The course is not suitable for students who have previously taken a professional qualification, such as an NCTJ or a BJTC Accredited Course. Such students, wishing to take a higher degree and extend their theoretical knowledge of Journalism and the Media, are advised to apply for the MA Media Culture and Society.

Students for whom english is a foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in all components)

  • PTE (Pearson): 76 (minimum 64 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk.


This course is open to UK, EU and International applicants. The annual intake for this course is in September each year.

Course Reference Number: 3871694

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2021/22 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,850

  • International Students: £16,400

We estimate living expenses at £1,023 per month. 

Further Information on tuition fees can be found here

Course related costs

The trip to Europe and some course visits will involve a fee.

All students are expected to obtain a large capacity storage device (such as a portable hard drive) to back up and safeguard their media work. Technical equipment will be provided although it is beneficial for students to have access to a modern smart phone with a good photographic and video capability for some activities. Students will be required to fund their own travel costs to report on news stories within Norfolk on a regular basis.  

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Reference Number: 3871694

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.


If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

Course Reference Number: 3871694
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Master of Arts
Duration (years)
On this UK focused version of our Broadcast and Digital Journalism Masters you will gain the practical skills of modern journalism, particularly broadcast and online, with a focus on UK journalism practices, political systems and media law. You’ll explore the rapidly changing world of the professional journalist, and gain the knowledge to navigate the complexities of UK media law and ethics. You’ll work in modern TV studios, explore mobile journalism, develop online content, and record interviews and news reports. We also have a number of media partners, including the BBC and Epic Studios, who may offer our students production opportunities from time to time. If you have an inquiring mind and are passionate about news and UK current affairs, this course is for you. Whether you’ve developed an interest or specialism from your first degree, or are thinking of pursuing a career in general news journalism, this course will give you the space to develop your skills.
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