MA Global Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ethics and the globalisation of media, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists.

I enjoy the freedom of going out and finding my own stories to develop. There’s nothing better than having a free licence to go and search for a weird and wonderful piece to publish.

Jay Allan, postgraduate student in Department of Journalism Studies

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

If you're interested in learning about how journalism is practised across the world, what threats and challenges it faces and if you want to get some hands-on practical experience then the MA in Global Journalism is for you.

The MA Global Journalism combines theoretical and practical concerns with regard to the principles of a free press and its relationship to political and civil institutions. It examines, compares and contrasts the diverse forms of regulation and restrictions – both legitimate and illegitimate – surrounding the practice of journalism around the world.

You'll get involved in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context and get hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment.

Journalism student

Core modules

  • Writing for the Media
  • The Principle of Publicity (I)
  • The Principle of Publicity (II)
  • Research Methods
  • Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • Dissertation (extends over summer period)

Optional modules

A range including:

  • Journalism and Britain
  • Media, Society and International Crises
  • Media, Politics and Publics
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Reporting the European Union
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Media, State and Society in China (taught by the School of East Asian Studies)
  • Researching Social Media (taught by the Information School)
  • Digital Advocacy (taught by the Information School)


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Research exercises


  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

Course duration

1 year full-time

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

International perspectives on journalism studies are becoming increasingly important. People are seeking new ways of understanding journalism within the context of media globalisation.

The course will examine the globalisation of professional practices and will look at transnational flows of media content.

You’ll discover the key debates and issues in global journalism, and learn how to compare journalism in various regions such as the developing world, the EU and its neighbours, and Japan and China.

Journalism student

Core modules

  • Global Journalism
  • Journalism, Globalisation and Development
  • Communicating with the Media
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Examples of optional modules

A range including:

  • Global Journalism
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Historical Approaches to Journalism
  • Censorship and the Media
  • Ethics and Regulation
  • Online Journalism
  • The Media in Europe and its Neighbouring States
  • News and Civil Society
  • Journalism Politics and Public Debate
  • Journalism in Britain

Teaching and assessment

We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises. You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree, but we will consider mature students with relevant professional experience.

Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word processing skills are desirable.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2500

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.