After an induction, students take the following core modules:
* Online Journalism Skills
* Media Law
* Journalistic Research Methods, Ethics And Regulation
* Online Journalism Production
* Placement: Theory and practice
* Public Administration
Students on the MA course are assessed on the core modules, a dissertation and a journalism project on a topic chosen by the student. Additionally MA students are required to take a placement as part of the course. PGDip students study the core modules and are must also successfully complete a placement in a professional environment. Applicants should be aware that each module involves a considerable amount of independent learning.
Resources and facilities
Students benefit from working with dedicated facilities at the former newsroom and studios of BBC East Midlands, at York House in the centre of Nottingham, which is now the home of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism.
MA full-time: 12 months (including a placement)
MA part-time: 24 months ( including a placement)
PGDip full-time: 9 months
PGDip part-time: 21 months
The full-time Masters Degree and Diploma courses are likely to involve students attending the Centre for some part of each weekday (Monday to Friday) during standard teaching weeks of the term. Attendance patterns for part-time study should be confirmed by contacting the course administrator.
The Online Journalism courses have been designed in consultation with organisations that led the development of online media in the UK. Students have the opportunity to hear visiting speakers from key media organisations as part of their course of study.
The course has accreditation from the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council). The course has been developed in consultation with a consortium of major industry employers, which currently includes broadcasting representatives from the BBC, Carlton Television, 96 Trent FM, Heart 106fm, SAGA 106.6fm and Sky News as well as the regional newspaper, The Lincolnshire Echo.
Students are encouraged to contribute journalism to media such as the BBC and the Nottingham Evening Post, as well as the University's Union of Students' newspaper, Platform. They may also become involved with the Centre's dedicated news website which broadcasts radio and television programming and publishes student journalism online.