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MA-PGDip Radio Journalism (International)

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  • Objectives
    The MA/PGDip Radio Journalism (International) equips students with the skills needed for entry-level journalism in a radio editorial team. Specially designed for overseas students, this is a vocational media-training course that offers the opportunity to develop the English language skills appropriate for international work. A postgraduate/post-experience course, it enables people from overseas to gain a vocational qualification through practical training and academic study. The course is purposely structured to allow contact with English-speaking UK and international students, both in the lecture room and the general learning environment as well as the social situation. The course includes a professional UK work placement.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree (equivalent to a UK Bachelor of Arts degree 2:1 classification minimum) and enthusiasm for or experience of journalism. For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS profile of 6.5 or TOEFL 560 (220 computer-based test) is required. Selection is made initially from an application form, two references and the journalism test that candidates are required to complete in writing and on audio tape. A telephone interview will normally be arranged with suitable applicants, who may also be required to take an English language test.
  • Academic Title
    MA/PGDip Radio Journalism (International)
  • Course description
    Course content
    The course starts in August with a brief induction programme followed by a full-time module in Academic English For Journalism. This five-week module lasts until mid-September and is presented in collaboration with the Nottingham Language Centre, The University's dedicated centre for language studies.

    Students then take the range of modules below:

        * Radio Journalism Skills
        * Media Law
        * Communication and Ethics
        * Radio Journalism Production
        * Journalism At Work In The World
        * Online Magazine

    These modules complete the Postgraduate Diploma course. For the masters award you will also complete two further modules:

        * Dissertation
        * Journalism Project

    Resources and facilities
    Students work in the newsroom and studios at NTU's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, formerly owned by the BBC.

    Study routes
    The Masters Degree (MA) takes approximately 14 months full-time, including a professional work placement. The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) takes approximately 11 months full-time, including a professional work placement.

    The English language module involves attendance each weekday morning, with afternoons reserved for independent work on student projects.

    The full-time Masters degree and Diploma courses are likely to involve attendance at the Centre from September for some part of each weekday (Monday to Friday) during standard teaching weeks of the term. Applicants should be aware that each module involves a considerable amount of additional independent learning.

    Special benefits
    Students will have the opportunity to hear visiting speakers from key media organisations as part of their course of study.

    This course was developed in consultation with a consortium of major industry employers which currently includes broadcasting representatives from the BBC, Carlton Television, 96 Trent FM, SAGA 106.6fm, Heart 106fm and Sky News as well as the regional newspaper, The Lincolnshire Echo.

    In addition, the Centre has long-standing relationships with the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Association for Journalism Education (AJE).

    Professional development
    The course includes a professional work placement which can be arranged with the support of tutors. Students will be encouraged to enter for national and international student journalism awards and to contribute journalism to media organisations such as the BBC, the Nottingham Evening Post and the university's Union of Students' newspaper, Platform. They may also be involved with the Centre's dedicated news website which broadcasts and publishes student journalism online.

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