Diploma and Masters Options
In order to offer our postgraduates flexibility during their training, students can apply to study a nine month Diploma or a one year Masters. The Masters follows the first nine months of the Diploma exactly, but includes a practice based project during the last three month of the course.
Applicants have the option of applying for the Diploma in Journalism or the Masters in Journalism, when following this application process.
Once enrolled and studying at Cardiff, students studying the Masters course can opt to exit the programme at the Diploma stage, while Diploma students can apply to continue to the Masters stage. These options are designed to provide students with the maximum amount of flexibility when combining their postgraduate training with their professional activities.
Masters in Journalism students who choose to exit at the Diploma stage, have three years to return and complete their practice based project in order to be awarded their Masters.
Broadcast, Magazine or Newspaper Journalism
Students studying the Diploma or Masters will choose one of three specialist options– broadcast, magazine or newspaper - and spend a large part of the course producing real journalism to real deadlines while also learning how to integrate online journalism into their work.
Core compulsory subjects
- Reporters and the Reported (Both Semesters)
- Law for Journalists (Both Semesters)
- Online Journalism (Autumn Semester)
- Public Administration Part 1 (Autumn Semester)
- Public Administration Part 2 (Spring Semester)
We are proud of being the first postgraduate journalism school in Britain – set up in 1970 by Sir Tom Hopkinson, the legendary editor of Picture Post.
Cardiff's journalism training has been, and continues to be the gold standard of postgraduate journalism education. We have invested heavily in the teaching and technical resources needed to ensure that the course fully meets the new challenges of convergence, multi-media, online journalism, video journalism and multi-skilling.
The dedication and professionalism of the Cardiff teaching staff is second to none. Each staff member is able to share their experience and knowledge with students empowering them to make the right journalistic choice when confronted with a difficult story.
Professor Richard Tait, Director of the Centre for Journalism, provides his overview of the course, Journalism in Focus.
The key measure of our success is that our students are in such heavy demand from employers. Our alumni can be found in top newspaper, magazine and broadcasting jobs across Britain.
They include Craig Oliver, Editor of the BBC's 10 o'clock News, Sky News presenter Anna Botting and ITV News reporter presenter Geraint Vincent; Louise Foster, Editor Grazia Dubai; Kirsty Mouatt, Editor, New!; Hugh Sleight, editor of 442; Donald Macintyre of the Independent; Matt Dickinson, Chief Sports Writer of The Times, Oliver Holt, Chief Sports Writer of the Daily Mirror, and John Witherow, Editor of the Sunday Times and Martin Long, Managing Director, Golley Slater, along with many others.