MA Global Journalism 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, visits to media organisations and exciting participatory media-related events.
MA Global Journalism
1 year full time
If you're interested in learning how the media is both victimised and weaponised, if you want to be introduced to some hands-on practical experience, if you're interested in how journalism is practised across the globe, and if you want to study with peers from around the world, then MA Global Journalism is for you!
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.
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.
Teaching on Global Journalism is an international experience which extends beyond the classroom. You will have the opportunity to visit BBC studios and other media institutions. You will be able to attend conferences that give insights into the daily practice of news journalism across the world, which are organised just for you.
If you're really good, you might even get your work published on the website of our research institute CFOM, and go on a trip to present your work to the European Parliament in Brussels. And if this is not enough, we also host the International Journalism Week and the Global Journalism Film Festival – you won't get bored!
The course comprises five core modules and four optional modules. For completing each module successfully, you gain 15 credits (except for your dissertation, which is worth 60 credits). To be awarded the degree you must gain a total of 180 credits.
In the first semester you will take four core modules:
In the second semester you get the opportunity to specialise in what you are interested in, whether this is more hands-on experience, digital skills and big data, the history of global communication, media freedom, EU media law, social media, journalism and globalisation, propaganda – and these are only a few options!
The course leader on MA Global Journalism is Dr Emma Heywood (pictured).
Emma joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2017, having previously worked at Coventry University and the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the role and impact of the media, and particularly radio, in conflict-affected areas. She is currently assessing the impact of radio and women's empowerment in Niger and is leading the FemmePowermentNiger project. She has examined foreign conflict reporting of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict by Russian, French and UK television news providers and also audience perceptions of this reporting.
In 2016, Emma was awarded British Academy funding for her West Bank project, which investigated the role of local radio in NGO activities in war-affected zones. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the West Bank and now in Niger.
Find out more about Emma on her profile page.
The MA 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 MA Global Journalism graduates shows:
See what Sheffield's postgraduate journalism alumni say in our career case studies section.
To apply for MA Global Journalism 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.
There are no specific deadlines for receipt of applications, but we recommend you apply early as courses fill up quickly.
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.
|Fees and funding||
Use the University's postgraduate fees calculator to find the current tuition fee for this course. This includes the costs for your field trip to BBC Media City in Salford, which is paid for by the Department of Journalism Studies.
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 MA 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.
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