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Journalism and Documentary Practice

12 months
18975 GBP/year
11275 GBP/year
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This Journalism and Documentary Practice MA at University of Sussex is for you if you have a passion for news, current affairs, documentary or any aspect of factual programme-making.


It offers a practical training in, and critical engagement with, journalism and documentary-making. 

This Journalism and Documentary Practice MA combines theory and practice. We focus on fast-changing developments in journalism and documentary practice. You’ll learn how to:

  • create informed and engaging journalism – for print or radio and tv (off or online) – to a professional standard
  • develop your visual and verbal storytelling
  • research, shoot and edit documentaries about the topics that interest you most
  • project manage, schedule, budget and distribute your documentary work
  • contextualise your practice through critical study of current media developments.
We offer excellent technical facilities. These include a newsroom, the latest software, video and radio studios, and a suite of digital media laboratories. 


This Journalism and Documentary Practice course at University of Sussex equips you with the skills for a career in:

  • broadcast and online journalism
  • documentary production
  • television production and research
  • the wider media and communications industry
  • teaching and academic research.

The sessions by industry professionals and distinguished alumni such as Gerry Rothwell, Kim Longinotto, Penny Woolcock, Peter Beard and Marc Isaacs enable you to make links with potential employers and give you insights and advice on working in the media professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Documentary Dissertation
  • Digital Documentary Project
  • Dissertation (Journalism)
  • Journalism Project
  • Audio Features
  • Documentary Practice
  • Media, Law and Ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.
  • Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a relevant social sciences or humanities subject. You can also apply for the course if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Tuition Fee

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    11275 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11275 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Brighton

815 - 1383 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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