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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- Conduct your own interviews and vox-pops.
- Cover a range of real events including courts and council meetings.
- Produce tightly written work to deadline and word count.
- Learn media law and ethics, including industry codes of conduct.
- Integrate digital journalism into all your practical work.
From the start, you create content for a variety of media platforms, using audio, photography and video. You learn how to use social media professionally and set up your own professional website.
How you learn
Learning takes place in lectures, interactive workshops, seminars and screenings, where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. You are encouraged to work in teams and small groups as well as developing an individual approach to your learning.
You learn through
- interactive workshops
- group and individual presentations
- practical work
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.
You have opportunities for work experience throughout your course, through our strong links with the creative industries. Previous students have
- helped produce programmes for Radio 5 Live
- worked at BBC Radio Sheffield
- run the website for Doncaster Rovers
- worked as editorial assistants for the Independent, Vogue, Heat and Gay Times
- written for the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed
- covered elections for TV station Sheffield Live
We have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world – attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts.
Our annual Creative Industries Pathway event brings you face-to-face with leading figures across the media industry, while our annual Grad Talk connects you with recent journalism, media and PR graduates who can pass on invaluable tips about how to progress from university to career.
We have a lively guest lecture programme, where our contacts across the media give one-off talks. It's been described as one of the best in the country by the magazine industry body the Professional Publishers Association. Recent guest lecturers have come from online and print magazines, radio and television newsrooms, local and national newspapers, PR companies and marketing agencies.
The entire course, in terms of both content and approach, is geared towards producing employable professionals within the vibrant national and international creative media industry.
Recent graduates from the course are now working
- as feature writers at magazines including Closer, Which? and Gay Times, as well as at a variety of B2B (business to business) magazines
- for broadcasters including BBC World Service, BBC local radio, ITV, Liverpool FC TV, Sky and TalkSport
- in PR and marketing roles for Sheffield Wednesday FC, Everton FC, Manchester, Warrington and Nottinghamshire councils, Oxford University Press and HRH the Prince of Wales
- in social media and digital roles for Amnesty International, Irwin Mitchell and Johnston Press
- as freelance journalists
This course is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.
Student success story
‘For me, the best part of doing a masters is getting to explore new skills and research in something I’m really passionate about, while being supported by the best lecturers and staff.’
Laura Burden, MA Journalism
Find out more about her experience.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including a new TV studio and radio studios, regularly refurbished and updated with the dedicated support of the Creative Media Centre support staff.
This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. For example:
- BBC at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
- DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
- A combination of qualifications which must include a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.
* Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.
- English Language at grade C or 4
- Maths at grade C or 4
• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. ††
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF)
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