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About the course

Do you have a passion for journalism? Are you looking to further your career and increase your knowledge of multimedia communications and content? With an emphasis on brand journalism, content creation and campaign management across paid, owned, earned and shared platforms, Southampton Solent’s MA Journalism and Multimedia Communications will leave you well-placed to bring these skills to the workplace.

Moving forward from traditional news media journalism, this course focuses on the strategic development of brand and corporate journalism content. Students on this course will learn how to commission and manage work from PR, marketing and advertising specialists, to ultimately integrate brand journalism and run corporate newsrooms.

Journalism is about crafting and managing communication, altering perceptions and changing people’s lives. The power of a journalist comes through their ability to hold people to account – this is a central foundation to the course, which places students alongside the creative pathways of advertising and public relations to forge an innovative and far reaching working relationship. The course focuses on journalism as an originator of content and a driver of perception as they meet the boundaries of communications.

The Professional Practice unit gives students work-placement and freelance opportunities, enhancing their professional skillset. Students will also be able to pitch for paid work at Solent Creatives, who specialise in connecting students with businesses who need creative support. These projects can help students to strengthen their portfolio of professional work.

The course concludes with a major project or dissertation. This is another opportunity for students to specialise their knowledge, conducting in-depth research into an area that complements their unique career ambitions.

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Solent University’s MA Journalism and Multimedia Communications places an innovative emphasis on brand journalism, content creation and campaign management across paid, owned, earned and shared platforms.

What does this course lead to?

Journalism courses here at Southampton Solent University prepare students for a variety of careers both within the traditional journalism newsroom, but also within the wider world of corporate communications. 

Who is this course for?

Graduates who have studied a journalism degree or communications-related discipline and who wish to further explore new and emerging communications channels will be well-suited to this master’s programme.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £6,750
International full-time fees: £11,500
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,375 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Other costs

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Optional costs

Optional costs could include a day trip to London for an agency visit. This has been done for three of the past six years on the MA PR degree.  Bus tickets are the cheapest option – under £20, and then an all central zones Underground ticket at another £10.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

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Alumni discount

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

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What you'll study

Year one

Journalism in a World of Converging Communication (30 credits)
This unit covers both journalism theory and practice, and how they adapt to an evolving communications industry. The use of social media to craft and control engaging content for specific readerships is explored through the advancement of corporate communications, and how news is managed through web analytics to drive content specific to reader demands. The unit explores the critical approaches that journalists require to be able to design and produce engaging content that drives future developments within the industry to keep it current and evolving, exceeding and advancing the needs of consumers rather than satisfying their current need. The unit explores how the theory and practice of journalism is changing as communication moves across paid, owned, shared and earned media. Paradigm shift from traditional print based broadcast approaches are considered in the context of corporate newsrooms.

Multimedia Campaigns (30 credits)
In this unit students get the practical opportunity to develop and implement a number of campaign activities across a wide variety of platforms, testing their ability to integrate paid, owned, shared and earned media in a PR campaign.

Media Measurement & Evaluation (15 credits)
This unit introduces students to the challenge of measurement techniques applied in advertising, marketing, promotion and PR sectors, including the evolution of RoE (return on engagement)

Research Methods (15 credits)
This unit raises the students’ research skills to Master’s level, including SPSS and other methodologies that are relevant to their particular areas of interest (Shared Unit)

Professional Practice (30 credits)
This unit positions the MA programme in terms of the student’s career aspiration, identifying skill sets and development needs in a PDP, which forms the basis of a freelance/workplace project- and informs the student’s choice of Major Project or dissertation

Major Project/Dissertation (60 credits)
The culmination of the MA degree, where the theory and practice learned in the previous units informs the student’s principal learning outcome- a campaign that demonstrates their professional attainment or a dissertation that critically examines a crucial industry issue, generating original thinking. Both project and dissertation require primary research to a master’s level.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Richard Berry academic profile Richard Berry Head of Subject View profile
Lynsey Watt academic profile Lynsey Watt Senior Lecturer View profile
Rob Dalton academic profile Rob Dalton Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Aldridge academic profile Mark Aldridge Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

We have a fully-equipped IT centre with both PC and Mac computers. These feature industry-standard image manipulation, video, and audio editing software. Access to camera equipment and professional recording devices for podcast and video creation is highly likely, and access to photographic equipment is always available.

Southampton Solent is proud to offer students a range of high-end media facilities. Students also have the opportunity to access an extensive media loans service, where they can borrow high-end video production and photography equipment.

 

Students are taught by industry experts who have strong practitioner careers. The course is delivered by interactive seminars rather than lecture based.

Your future

Previous graduates from Solent's journalism degrees have gone on to work for BBC; Closer Magazine; Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Communications Manager; Haymarket Media Group; Basingstoke Gazette; Sun Woman; The Argus newspaper, Brighton; TalkSport; Palm 105.5, Torquay; BBC Sunday Politics South; Athletics Weekly magazine; Mid Somerset News and Media; Taylor Newspapers; Bonhams, London; Mail Online; The News, Portsmouth; Bristol Rugby Club, Bristol.

Industry links

The University’s in-house publisher, Solent Press, has existing business relationships with Haymarket and Archant

Solent Creatives, the University’s own student-run agency, enables students to pitch for paid work and get involved on live client briefs and projects with local, regional and national businesses.

Students studying courses in the School of Business, Law and Communication can also benefit from an exciting and varied industry speaker programme. Recent speakers on our journalism courses have included Andrew Harrison, Editor of Esquire Weekly; Don John, founder of Black History Month; Lloyd Bradley, former commissioning editor at GQ and Men’s Health; Kate Hutchinson, journalist with Time Out, NME and The Guardian; David Davies, former MD of Bauer Publishing; Laura Miller, freelance writer for Grazia, Elle and Red; Tim Southwell, co-founder of Loaded Magazine and founder of award-winning magazine, GolfPunk; Mike Goldsmith, head of digital publishing at Future Publishing; and Kat Romero, Solent University journalism graduate and senior showbiz editor at Closer.

Placements

The Professional Practice unit requires students to undertake a work placement or complete a freelance project. Students are encouraged to source their own client (through Solent Creatives) or to find a work placement that is appropriate to their career ambitions. The minimum requirement for a placement is two weeks, however placements and projects can vary in length, depending on client needs.

Further study

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