MA Global Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Employers know our applied courses produce high-calibre multimedia journalists. We also teach two theoretical masters, backed by world-class research.

Our graduates work for major organisations including the BBC, Sky, The Guardian and The Times.

They are multi-skilled professionals, who practise the new journalism: ethical, digital and critical.

Our teaching staff includes professionals with a huge range of experience, from local newspapers to Fleet Street, radio and network television. You will also be taught by leading academics, experts on journalistic ethics and law.

Very few universities can offer such a strong all-round package. We'll teach you all the practical skills you need. And you'll learn the discipline it takes to write rigorous, responsible journalism.

About the course

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.

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)

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Research exercises

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Dissertation

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Journalism student


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 the Department of Journalism Studies

Key facts

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 7.0 with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in Reading, Listening and Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Careers

The course is excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in the communications industry. Recent graduates work for news agencies and NGOs in the UK and overseas.

Real world learning environment

You'll have access to a Press Association newsfeed, telephones, daily newspapers and television news.

Guest lecturers from the media industries, regulators, campaigning groups and research institutes speak regularly in the department. We also organise visits from specialised journalists and correspondents who offer advice and short workshops in certain practical skills.

International opportunities

Students doing the MA in Global Journalism are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities offered by the ERASMUS programme to spend time abroad as part of their degree programme. ERASMUS offer a small stipend for support.

Erasmus programme

About us

You will be taught in one of the finest academic environments in the country with a strong academic, practice and research ethos.

Three quarters of our research is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, is part of all our courses.

Our staff have contributed significantly to the study of the field and worked at the highest level in the media industry in the UK and abroad.

The discussion of ideas about journalism, its past, present and future, forms a central part of our Global Journalism course.

We have strong links with the industry. We send our masters students on a three-day field trip to London, visiting national news organisations for briefings on current developments with senior editors and meeting politicians and political journalists.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

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

E: jnladmissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2500