Global Journalism MA is a far-reaching journalism degree featuring award-winning teaching, which combines research on media practice and freedom around the world with some practical newswriting experience and exciting participatory media-related events.
Global Journalism MA
1 year full time
If you're interested in research on media practice and freedom around the world and you're looking for some practical newswriting experience, the Global Journalism MA is for you.
Join up and you’ll look at journalism within the context of globalisation, comparing and contrasting media practice around the world. You'll be immersed in vital discussions around the relationship between media, society and government – at a hugely critical moment for freedom of expression.
Take the course and you'll engage in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context. You'll also get hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment.
Learning on the Global Journalism MA extends beyond the classroom. Our annual International Journalism Week is a focal point,
Our campus and how we use it
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.
The course comprises five core modules, a dissertation, and two optional modules.
These are the modules taught in the 2020-21 academic year.
Students must take all five of these modules and complete the dissertation.
Students choose two from the following modules.
The course leader on Global Journalism MA is Dr Emma Heywood (pictured).
Emma is a researcher and Lecturer in Journalism, Politics and Communication. Her research focuses on the role and impact of radio in conflict-affected areas. She has recently been awarded a large UKRI GCRF grant to investigate perceptions and representations of women’s rights and empowerment by radio in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. This builds on current work by the FemmePowermentNiger project, which Emma leads. Part-funded by the Swedish development agency, this project assesses the impact of radio on women's empowerment in Niger and Mali.
She has also examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers and also audience perceptions of this reporting. Emma has previously been awarded British Academy funding for her West Bank project, which investigated the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones.
Find out more about Emma on her profile page.
The Global Journalism degree is a course for anyone looking for a far-reaching perspective on journalism across the planet. It's an especially popular choice for international students looking for a prestigious UK degree and a media career in their home nations, or a pathway to PhD research.
Recent graduates are working as reporters, editors and producers in the media all over the world, as teachers, and in communications and public relations. Employers include the International Labour Organisation, Xinhua News Agency, Daily Express and Shanghai Media Group.
Our most recent survey data from Global Journalism graduates shows:
See what Sheffield's postgraduate journalism alumni say in our career case studies section.
To apply for the Global Journalism MA you'll need one of the following:
If English is not your first language, or your first degree was not taught in English, you'll need to demonstrate your aptitude in the language. Our requirement is for an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6 in each component, or the equivalent scores in another qualification.
If you have not yet obtained an English language qualification, you can still apply. We may give you a conditional offer based on you obtaining the English qualification later. You can do this by taking a course at the University's English Language Teaching Centre.
Our International College provides international students with pathway programmes for progression to degree study at the University.
Ready to apply?
Use the University's online application form to apply for your place.
The online application form allows you to upload files. Please use this to send us information such as course transcripts, language certificates (if your first language is not English) or references. If you do not include these initially, we will ask you to do so later, which may delay the processing of your application.
Starting with applications for the 2020-21 academic year, applications for this degree will be assessed using the University's staged admissions process. This involves a series of application and decision deadlines through the year.
In some cases, because of the high volume of applications we receive, we may need more time to assess your application. If this is the case, we will assess your application in the next stage. We will let you know if we intend to do this.
Study places are offered subject to availability. Given the popularity of these courses, places may not be available if you apply later in the cycle.
If we offer you a place, we will ask you to accept the offer and pay a tuition fee deposit (relevant International students only). If you do not accept the offer and pay the deposit within four weeks of the date of the offer letter, we may withdraw our offer.
|Fees and funding||
Use the University's postgraduate fees calculator to find the current tuition fee for this course.
Postgraduate student loans are available for UK and EU students to a current value of £10,280.
Several scholarship funding awards are also available to Global Journalism students. These include the following.
Please see the Department of Journalism Studies' taught postgraduate funding page for more general details on the above, including an overview of deadlines.
Other sources of funding may be available – please see the University's postgraduate funding pages to investigate.
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. This is in response to discoveries made through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. We update these web pages to reflect any changes to course content as soon as we can. If any information conflicts between these web pages and a printed brochure or prospectus, please take the information here as correct. Sometimes changes may need to be made to modules, courses, entry requirements and fees between your application and the start of your course. When these are significant in nature, we'll let you know as quickly as we can. All modules other than core modules are subject to limits on their availability, which include (but may not be limited to) class sizes and timetabling constraints.
Department of Journalism Studies
University of Sheffield
9 Mappin Street
Sheffield S1 4DT
Tel: +44 114 222 2500