MA Global Journalism

Department of Journalism Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our students see journalism’s bigger picture: freedom of expression, ethics and the globalisation of media, as well as digital reporting techniques. That’s why they become great journalists.

About the course

Course description 2017

If you're interested in learning about how journalism is practised across the world and what threats and challenges it faces, and if you want to get some hands-on practical experience then the MA 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 engage in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context. The course will also give you hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment.

Teaching on Global Journalism extends beyond the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to visit BBC studios and attend conferences that give insights into the daily practice of news journalism across the world. We also host our own Global Journalism Film Festival and collaborate with the European Parliament in Brussels.

Global Journalism studentCore modules

  • The Principle of Publicity I
  • The Principle of Publicity II
  • Writing for the Media
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three from the following modules:

  • Journalism in Britain
  • Media, Politics and Publics
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Reporting the European Union
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Online Journalism Studies
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy

Teaching and assessment

We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises. You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

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 grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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

T: +44 (0)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.