2020 start
MA

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

This far-reaching journalism degree combines research on media practice and freedom around the world with some practical newswriting experience and events. 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. Our annual International Journalism Week is a focal point, with high-level discussions led by media professionals, researchers and campaigners from around the world.

Modules

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 and Development
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Journalism in Britain
  • Language and Communication: A Data-Driven Approach
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
  • Radio and NGO Communication in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • International Visual Public and Political Communication
  • Dealing with Data: Statistics for Journalists
  • Political Communication in Times of War, Crisis and Terrorism
  • Media and Public Communication in Japan
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy

Teaching

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

Assessment

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

Duration

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 score 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

Apply

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

Apply now

Contact

journalism-admissions@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.