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University of Hertfordshire: Journalism and Media Communications with Placement Year

Institution University of Hertfordshire
Department Humanities
Telephone 01707 284800
Study type Taught


The MA Journalism and Media Communications with Placement Year is a two-year programme which includes a 36-week, full-time work placement. The course content is similar to the one-year MA, but you’ll take a long placement of 30 weeks or more and write your dissertation in the second year. A placement will help you gain valuable professional practice and enhance your understanding of media theory. Recent placements have included communications for a development agency in London and social media management in Hertfordshire. Students who do not pass the first year cannot progress to the long placement.

Throughout the course, you’ll benefit from our extensive links with the media industry including, membership of the Public Relations and Communications Association and educational membership of the British Society for Magazine Editors. You’ll feel inspired by our guest speakers. Previous talks have included the editor of Marie Claire, an investigative journalist from the BBC and head of a media agency. Plus, we’ll invite you to join our small ‘afternoon tea’ sessions with speakers twice a semester. You’ll be supported to find valuable work experience. Previous students have gained placements with the BBC, Sunday Times and a variety of PR agencies.

This course has a great track record of helping students achieve jobs in the industry. You’ll extend your knowledge and skills in the media. Plus, you’ll have the chance to meet students from around the world, form friendships and strengthen your international awareness.

You’ll analyse contemporary intellectual theories of media and communications. You’ll cross-examine the synergies between social media, PR and journalism, interrogate current media practices and convergence. Every step of the way, there’ll be a strong focus on your future employability. You’ll be taught by lecturers with extensive professional experience of journalism, PR, web design, media production and media research. Whatever your background, this MA will enhance your career by equipping you to operate effectively in a professional media environment.


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