This course is designed to prepare you for a career in medical journalism, or to augment your medical career and to provide an intellectually stimulating and demanding course of study. If you have successfully completed a minimum of two years of the Basic Medical Sciences BSc Honours (pre-clinical), this course trains you in the highest standards of medical journalism. Afterwards, you may return to medical school to complete your primary course. The course is unique – there is no other course specifically devoted to medical journalism in the UK.
The course is also available to health professionals and others interested in a career in medical and health journalism as a Diploma in Medical Journalism.
You will undertake specially modified modules from our postgraduate journalism courses.
Subjects of study include:
Media Law, Public Affairs and Ethics for Health Specialists
Multimedia Journalism Skills
News and Feature Writing for Medical Journalists
As well as developing effective writing skills and techniques, you will learn to use audio and video tools as part of writing for the web. Much of the time you will be taught alongside postgraduate students taking the MA in Journalism in Print and Online, but you will also learn broadcasting skills in classes with the MA in Broadcast Journalism. Your learning will be guided by the Medical Journalism tutor, an experienced journalist in the field.
You are recommended to undertake at least one two-week work placement during the course. This could be with a specialist magazine or on the health pages of a national newspaper. All features, news stories and editorial projects will have a medical angle, and you’ll be able to meet medical/health journalists from both the specialist and consumer press contributing as visiting speakers.
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