Want to be a journalist? Join Sussex’s accreditated MA

Journalism (2016 entry)


MA, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Journalism is undergoing many changes but remains a crucial part of democratic public life. We aim to provide you with a critical overview of journalistic practice, and practical training.

  • You are taught by very experienced faculty. Media and Film at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015, and in the top 20 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. Communications and media studies at Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
  • Brighton Journalist Works (BJW) prepare students on the MA in Journalism for the National Council for Training Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism.
  • Both BJW and the School of Media, Film and Music offer excellent technical facilities, including a dedicated newsroom equipped with the latest software, television and radio studios, and a suite of digital media laboratories.

Also view our key facts infographic about the University

  • 9 minutes to Brighton
  • 60 minutes to central London
  • 14,594 students study at Sussex
  • 30 clubs and sports teams
  • 19th in The Guardian
    University Guide 2016
  • 4th in the UK for research
    influence, in the top 200
    Times Higher Education World
    University Rankings 2014/15
  • 90% of graduates from our
    postgraduate courses, in
    employment, are in graduate level
    jobs (DLHE survey 2013)
  • 38th in the world for international
    outlook (Times Higher Education
    World University Rankings

Brighton Journalist Works (BJW) and the University of Sussex

Elements of our degrees are taught by experienced journalists at our partner institution, BJW, who are based at the Sussex Innovation Centre on the University campus. This hands-on training is framed within the academic and intellectual agenda delivered at Sussex. Guest masterclasses by industry professionals are a regular feature of our courses.


This MA is accredited by the NCTJ. The NCTJ delivers the premier training scheme for journalists in the UK, and itsaccreditedqualifications are highly respected and valued throughout the UK journalism industry. The University of Sussex is the highest-ranking university in the UK to offer an NCTJ-accredited qualification in journalism and is one of only five institutions in the UK to offer the NCTJ industryspecialist module for broadcast.

This MA is also recognised by the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF). The JDF offers bursaries to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds who do not have the financial means to attend NCTJ training courses. Visit