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Our aim is to provide flexible learning solutions to meet the development needs of leaders and would-be leaders of journalism. The programme director welcomes queries about how we can tailor our current modules or create tailored courses to fit your organisation’s learning needs.

To register for non-degree seminars and workshops, please see details on our Courses page.

Joining the academic course is a simple process

To get started with Journalism Leaders Programme courses you’ll need to complete three easy steps:

  • Confirm that this is the course for you (or a designated person in your team) by considering the points below; if you have any got any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the programme director.
  • Complete the online application form and send along your CV and references to the programme team.
  • Once you’ve been notified of acceptance, our programme coordinator will guide you through the simple registration and enrolment process – complete an enrolment form and attach a digital photo for your ID, register and pay the fees for the module/s of your choice – and you’ll be set.

STEP 1: Confirm that the course is right for you.

The Journalism Leaders Programme course will suit editorial managers running a department or a team, and very senior journalists who are ready to move to the next level.

We welcome applications from practitioners in print, broadcast and online newsrooms who are engaged with the challenges of leading journalism in the digital age.

Entry to the programme is normally subject to the following conditions:

  • Substantial work experience (normally at least 5 years), as described in a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A strong interest in the challenges of Journalism Leaders as evident in a statement of 250-500 words which describes your daily duties, the relevance of the programme to your job, your goals for the course, and how you will apply the learning in your context.
  • Typically a good honours degree (normally 2:1 or above), or equivalent professional qualification is required. Mature applicants with extensive experience will also be considered.
  • Evidence of appropriate computer literacy and Internet access.

International Participants

If you are applying for the course from overseas and wish to stay in the UK for part or all of your time on the course, please also see our Overseas Frequently Asked Questions page.

Step 2: Apply online

Application for entry to the course is made online at the University's e-learning website.
Click the 'Apply' button next the Journalism Leaders course entry.
If you are a first-time applicant, you ill then need to create a username and password.
Next, you'll need to complete the application for PG Distance Learning Courses.

To support your application, you will also be asked for the following:

  • Two references that confirm your capacity to successfully engage in postgraduate study, including one from your editor or manager.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae

Journalism Leaders Programme participants and tutors

Step 3: Register and enrol

Once accepted to the course, the programme director will contact you to discuss your specific learning needs and the programme administrator Andrea Walker will guide you through registration and enrolment, which will also include payment.

The Journalism Leaders Programme fees are:

Individual module fees:

  • 20 (1.0) credit modules -£700 (600 tuition + 100 residential) for UK and EU residents and £1,100 (1000 +100 residential fee) for international students
  • 60 (3.0) credit dissertation module -£1,000 (900 + 100 residential) for UK and EU residents and £1,500 (1400 + 100 residential) for international students

Total for:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 3X£700 = £2,100 or 3X£1,100 =£3,300
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 6X£700 = £4,200 or 6x£1,100 = £6,600
  • Master of Arts: 6X£700+£1,000=£5,200 or 6x£1,100+£1500 = £8,100*

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Travel and Accommodation

Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee. The programme team can assist you with finding accommodation during the residential weeks. However, most participants choose to stay at the Legacy Preston International, which is adjacent to campus and 5-10 minute walk from the station:

Bursaries and discounts

  • All graduates of this University are entitled to a 20% fees reduction on postgraduate courses.
  • Indian students may qualify for an additional £500 scholarship applied to the dissertation stage of the course, being the total MA course fee for Indian students to £7,900
  • The University Foundation is offering bursaries for graduates of the University of Central Lancashire who obtained first or upper second class honours degrees. The amount per student is up to a maximum of £2,500 towards the cost of tuition fees. Bursary applications are sought for those who wish to undertake a taught Masters degree by full-time study such as the MA Journalism Leadership.
  • Additional discounts are available to corporations who take up five or more places on the programme.


If you require an invoice, please contact our course administrator Tricia Johnson at / +44 (0)1772 89 4748.

Otherwise can pay your fees online HERE .

Need more information?

If you have any questions about any aspect of the programme, send an e- mail to the course director at FPNel[at] or call the School of Journalism, Media and Communication directly at +44 (0)1772 894730 or post a letter to the University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, United Kingdom.