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Year of Entry 2021/22

Multimedia Journalism

Become an effective practitioner across all major platforms of multimedia journalism, with specialist writing, editing and video skills, knowledge and expertise in reporting.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,340 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2021

Course summary

  • Develop traditional and digital reporting skills and equip yourself to work in the fast-paced world of modern journalism. Gain understanding of media technologies that affect the way journalists discover, record and report the latest stories.
  • Gain specialist expertise across a range of media platforms; online and social media, television, radio, newspapers and magazines, photography and visualisation.
  • Critically analyse and discuss major issues in British and international journalism including truth and verification, media impact and current ethical challenges.

The course offers career enhancement for those already working as journalists through advancing knowledge and understanding of the latest trends and emerging technologies.

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Laura Burden

'The course helped build my knowledge of the industry, and I gained the practical skills needed to progress in my career. I am now working in the Sheffield Hallam press office, using the skills I developed on the course.'
Laura Burden, MA Multimedia Journalism, 2018 graduate

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You will develop a professional and ethical approach to learning, research, professional practice and assessment. The course teams worked to ensure that the course has a strong vocational focus on the core personal, practical and professional skills required for a career in multimedia journalism.

The course is delivered by a team of journalists with extensive newsroom experience and a strong commitment to practical journalism teaching.You learn through:

  • predominantly self-directed study
  • lectures
  • interactive workshops
  • seminars
  • screenings

Applied learning

Work placements

This course is focused on the professional sphere and modules are designed to give you a breadth of relevant real-world experience in preparation for your future careers.

You are encouraged to identify and undertake relevant work experience with a client that will inform your work as a multimedia journalist. Work experience in some aspect of the journalism and PR industry forms a mandatory element of the final module.

Our teaching team include journalists with both recent and current experience working for BBC News, BBC Radio 4, ITV regional news, Radio 5 Live, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Sheffield Star and Yorkshire Post.

This enhances our ability to offer local work experience opportunities for our students. We also support you in securing work experience overseas, perhaps in your home country, should you wish. Our students have gained professional experience working at many news and PR outlets.

Work experience is strongly recommended and students are made aware of regular opportunities as these arise.

Networking opportunities

We also offer an extensive guest lecture programme.

Recent speakers include:

  • Oliver Wright, political editor, The Independent
  • Neal Mann, formerly Sky News
  • Tom Latchem, freelance journalist and former TV editor, News of the World

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a journalist or publicist in a range of arenas

  • print
  • radio
  • television
  • magazine
  • online
  • social media

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • Industry standard broadcast studios (TV and radio)
  • Green screen technology
  • Editing suites with the latest hardware and software
  • Exclusive access to three newsrooms

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Entry requirements

All students

Normally an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

You may also be considered if you do not hold a degree but can provide evidence of relevant professional experience.

We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who

• have a diversity of backgrounds

• are considering a career in journalism

• show the required aptitude and potential

We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development. Previous experience of journalism is preferable, but not necessary.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Magazine Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Regulation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Online Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Journalism Project / Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Magazine Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Issues In Global Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Public Relations And Digital Communication Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport And The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £9,340 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† 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.

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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.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email

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