2019 start

Global Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ‘fake news’, media ethics and globalisation, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists, communications experts and media researchers.
Global Journalism lecture with postgraduates

Course description

Due to high demand our MA Global Journalism starting in September 2019 is now closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and need more information about your application, please contact study@sheffield.ac.uk

This far-reaching journalism degree combines research on media practice and freedom around the world with some practical newswriting experience and events. Students have recently visited BBC studios and conferences, and collaborated with the European Parliament. Join up and you’ll look at journalism within the context of globalisation, comparing and contrasting media practice around the world, immersed in vital discussions around the relationship between media, society and government – at a hugely critical moment for freedom of expression.


Core modules

  • Writing for the Media
  • The Weaponisation of the Media: Abuses of the Principle of Publicity
  • The Victimisation of the Media: Challenges and Threats to the Principle of Publicity
  • Research Methods
  • Journalism, Globalisation & Development
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Journalism and Britain
  • Language and Communication: A Data-Driven Approach;
  • Reporting the European Union
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict in a Changing World
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy


We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises.


You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

To take one of our MA courses you must have one of the following:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree (we will consider a 2:2 if we are sufficiently impressed by your potential).
  • An alternative qualification approved by the University as degree equivalent.
  • Substantial previous work experience in a media-related role.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of bursaries for students on the journalism, magazine and broadcast courses, from the Scott Trust (owner of The Guardian), Journalism Diversity Fund and others.

Funding opportunities for MA degrees in journalism

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


Our MA Global Journalism starting in September 2019 is closed to new applications.

If you have applied for this course and you have any questions, please contact study@sheffield.ac.uk


+44 114 222 2500

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