MA Journalism (Digital)

The Course

The MA Journalism (Digital) is designed to be innovative and forward-looking, and aims to prepare graduates for a career working at the forefront of the digital media revolution where expectations of speed, accuracy and quality are high.

This programme has an emphasis on the technical side of digital journalism, as well as on core writing and production skills. You will have the chance to learn about the work of correspondents and specialist journalists, and the opportunity to develop your own areas of interest, choosing the subjects, style and medium that are of particular interest.

Alongside the opportunity to acquire practical skills, you can undertake an academic analysis across a range of critical and theoretical issues, such as the relationship between digital journalism and human rights.

A two-week work placement is designed to give you the opportunity to experience a professional journalism environment and allows you the chance to connect your academic learning with professional practice. This work placement is an integral, taught and assessed feature of the course. Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs while undertaking a work placement.

Where possible, core sessions are scheduled on Thursday and Friday, although students may be required to attend on other days of the week depending on module options. Full time students should expect approximately 12 hours of contact time per week and should be prepared to undertake at least two hours of self-study for every taught hour.
Teaching and learning is undertaken through lectures, workshops, group and personal tutorials, seminars, presentations, study visits and group production assignments within a newsroom setting.

You can develop your skills to work as an individual and in groups, to produce solo and group presentations, reports, essays, projects, literature reviews, websites, long form features and/or a dissertation.

As well as the traditional skills of research, essay writing, speaking and debating, you have the opportunity to develop a range of writing and production skills associated with work in a range of digital media with the aim of providing a foundation for confident and independent reporting as well as participation within a production team.


There is a two-week assessed placement built into the course as part of the Research and Professional Placement module.

On this module you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice and receive prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors can help with research of the employment market, help to arrange international, national or local work placements and support students as they build their individual career profile, CV and work experience.

Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during their placement.

Advanced Research Methods (Core)
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Advanced Research Methods (Core)

This module provides the opportunity to develop a methodological understanding and to receive support and advice on the final project. You will then be expected to prepare a written proposal for a dissertation, a documentary project, or a portfolio of articles.

Digital Journalism: Ethical and Social Issues (Core)
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Digital Journalism: Ethical and Social Issues (Core)

This module aims to examine how journalists are responding and should respond to ethical and social challenges. The module will look at the theory and evolution of journalism ethics and is designed to analyse developments such as media ownership and regulation, the political context at national, regional and global level, human rights, and media globalisation.

It will examine the social and cultural issues that arise for journalists from digital technology and social media, and the impact of these on freedom of speech and expression, privacy and data protection. The module will also focus on the practical issues of journalism ethics, examining how journalists respond to ethical challenges in their daily work.

Essential Reporting (Core)
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Essential Reporting (Core)

This module introduces students to the processes of newsgathering and writing news and features for a range of platforms. It aims to develop a critical understanding of editorial processes in news organisations and a working knowledge of how news and feature ideas are generated and packaged for different markets and readerships.

Internet Technology and Journalism (Core)
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Internet Technology and Journalism (Core)

This module is designed to explore the relationship between internet technology and journalism. It will examine the social and political impacts of the internet on journalism and on press freedom and freedom of expression, in particular the notion that the internet and digital technology are democratising and disruptive forces. It will look at internet culture, and the relationship between that culture and the professional culture of journalism.

Journalism Production (Core)
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Journalism Production (Core)

This module introduces students to the editorial and production skills required for multiplatform and digital news production. The module focuses on newsgathering and preparing news content for broadcast and online. Students can work in a newsroom environment under appropriate time constraints, experiencing the pressures of operating as a multimedia journalist across a range of broadcast and web-based platforms, including social media.

Law and Institutions (Core)
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Law and Institutions (Core)

This module is designed to examine all aspects of law relating to the media with some focus on issues in science. This challenging module uses real case studies and up-to-date research to provide you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the framework within which the industry operates, and the ethical dilemmas involved.

This module seeks to provide you with a basic appreciation of systems of power, covering national and local government structures and institutions.

MA Journalism - Final Project or Dissertation (Core)
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MA Journalism - Final Project or Dissertation (Core)

The Final Project or Dissertation module consists of either a dissertation, portfolio of articles, radio or television documentary or chapters for a book or webpages. You are expected to spend the final term during the summer on self-directed learning, having already decided on the form of media product that they will produce. You will be allocated your own tutor for support and guidance. This final project provides an opportunity to research and make an in-depth study of your chosen study area.

Specialist Journalism Production (Option)
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Specialist Journalism Production (Option)

From a digital first perspective and focusing, in particular, on news and feature content in your specialist field(s) of interest, this module aims to develop the key skills of journalism through regular practice, including newsgathering, writing and interviewing, and live output production with text and audio and video output as required. Online skills will be used throughout, including social media to drive consumers to the content. The journalism and features produced will be outward facing, using techniques of electronic newsgathering, digital and non-linear editing, production/journalism for online and print, and an appropriate range of live news broadcasting techniques. On this module, you are expected to take up a work placement in one or several different media organisations of your choice. The module provides prior guidance, together with career advice. Tutors will help with research of the employment market, as you arrange international, national or local work placements, and will support you as you build an individual career profile, CV and work experience portfolio.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment on this course is designed to utilise a variety of methods to achieve the specified learning outcomes. The bulk of assessment is continuous and consists of a range of essays, portfolios of journalism work, websites, reports, presentations and case studies.

There are a limited number of tests and examinations in media law designed to assess, within strict time limitations, a professionally necessary ability to accurately recall and analyse, under pressure, key elements of the curriculum – for example, the application of the law on defamation.

You are expected to complete a number of workbooks and logs which reflect critically on their practical work. We regard this as a crucial part of the formation of the reflective practitioner appropriate at postgraduate level.

You are also required to complete a range of oral assessments, both individually and in groups. Formative oral feedback is a feature of all practical journalism modules and occurs throughout newsroom operations and news-days. You are given summative feedback at the beginning and end of the second term.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

This course benefits from a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and specialist print production software.

Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios and opportunities for output on the University’s Ofcom-licensed community radio station.

You also have access to a TV studio, where you have the opportunity to use the latest virtual studio technology to produce television news programmes.

 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

- £10,906, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019
- £10,609, if your course starts between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

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Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

This MA is designed to equip graduates for careers in online media and in the related areas of promotional, lifestyle, technical and feature writing, public relations and corporate communications.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here


This course benefits from a suite of newsrooms, with associated work stations and specialist print production software. Broadcast journalism is catered for with exclusive access to the School’s radio and television presentation studios and opportunities for output on the University’s Ofcom-licensed community radio station.

Students also have access to a TV studio, where they have the opportunity to use the latest virtual studio technology to produce television news programmes.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.