Postgraduate Courses

Our postgraduate courses offer intensive,one-year preparation for careers that are some of the most popular – and competitive – of our age. Every year we produce graduates who become high-flyers among a new generation of reporters and editors.

 MA Magazine Journalism

With over 8000 titles published a year, magazines are a huge, and constantly changing industry. The postgraduate course at Preston is designed to prepare you for a dynamic and developing medium. You will acquire skills in news and feature writing, specialised reporting, sub-editing, design, law and the business of publishing. Working with industry professionals, you will create your own magazines to give you the edge in a highly competitive industry.

Find out more about the MA Magazine Journalism on the UCLan website

MA International Journalism

This exciting and challenging course is aimed at those who wish to engage in, and explore, the changing role of journalism in a fast-moving world of increasing complexity and inter-dependence. Students learn practical journalism skills and relate these to international and national perspectives on the role of news in diverse social and cultural contexts.

Find out more about the MA International Journalism course on the UCLan website

Postgraduate Diploma Broadcast Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism is a nine month full time course and one of the Department’s most established programmes. It has a national reputation for introducing promising new talent into the broadcasting industry, talent that continues to flourish long after leaving the University. Hundreds of its graduates are now working as radio and television journalists, including Ian Payne and Victoria Derbyshire from BBC 5 Live. The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), and in the last report of the BJTC, it was said: “This continues to be a first-class course. We are totally satisfied that students leaving Preston are well equipped to move onto the first rung of a career in broadcast journalism.”

Postgraduate Diploma Newspaper Journalism

The Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism is a nine month full time programme with an excellent employment record for its graduates. The course which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), focuses on key journalism skills, law and public administration. Students also undertake intensive tuition in shorthand. The course enjoys close links with the regional and national press and students are encouraged to take the NCTJ’s own set of external exams too.

Find out more about the Newspaper Journalism, PGDip on the UCLan website

MA Newspaper Journalism

The second edition has gone and it is just a matter of tidying up for the third when a newsflash appears on your screen: A plane has crashed at the local airport. Within minutes your paper is dealing with a big news story. Newspaper journalism can be an unpredictable experience and our one-year Masters degree course will help you cope with the unexpected. You will learn to write and sub-edit in a fast-paced newsroom atmosphere so that you have the skills to deal with big stories as they happen. The Masters, like the diploma, is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Students are encouraged to take these external exams too.

Find out more about the MA Newspaper Journalism on the UCLan website

The Journalism Leadership Programme

The Journalism Leaders Programme is a groundbreaking, flexible personal and professional development course that aims to equip experienced practitioners for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and unpredictable media landscape. The electronically-supported programme is offered as a bespoke professional development course to media organisations and also to professionals with at least five years of experience who want to build advanced knowledge and skills without necessarily interrupting their careers. To find out how you can participate, contact the course director François Nel at and @francoisnel.

Vist our programme site to find out more about the Journalism Leadership Programme content, structure and why editors from leading organisations, such as the Trinity Mirror, Guardian Media Group, Johnston Press, Cumbrian Newspapers, Avusa and more,  have participated. 


MA International Documentary and Factual Television Production (not running 2010/11)

Producing programmes that can find an audience anywhere in the world is a skill that owes as much to understanding the business of television as it does to making programmes. The focus of this course is on television as a business. It is suitable for would-be and existing producer/directors, new graduates with a business related degree and professionals considering a business career in television.

MA Online Journalism (not running 2010/11)

Online never stands still. Neither should you. Online journalism is about good communication. Creating dynamic content, and using audio, video and multimedia, are just part of that. The one year course will teach you to build exciting, effective websites and help you learn everything the medium has to offer to tell compelling stories that can be seen from anywhere in the world. That’s why BBC News Online ask for our students when they want people to help with coverage of major events and why you find Preston graduates currently working at BBC News Online, BBC Sport Online, Ananova and other big service providers everywhere. The course also has an early Postgraduate Diploma exit route after nine months.