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Journalism Studies (MA)

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  • Objectives
    To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the journalism, media and communication industries or as a foundation for PhD research.

    This programme is NOT designed as a vocational degree and does not provide training in Journalism. Students should not consider this degree as a professional qualification towards becoming a journalist.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:


    Suitable for graduates in the humanities and Social Sciences with appropriate disciplinary specialisations.

    Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.

    In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0, or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course.
  • Academic Title
    Journalism Studies (MA)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    The programme focuses on the academic study of journalism, but also offers opportunities for the development of professional skills through optional modules in the second semester and through research. The degree provides insights into how journalism is changing in a globalised context, exploring key debates and issues in journalism studies today. The degree also provides training in the use of a range of research skills in journalism studies, to support academic scholarship in their chosen field of journalism studies.

    You will study the following areas:

        * Political Communication
        * Mediatised Conflicts: The Politics of Conflict Reporting
        * Putting Research into Practice
        * Introduction to Journalism Studies
        * International Communications and Journalism

    Optional modules include: Media Law; New Media & Politics; Propaganda & the Reporting of Conflict; Reporting Business, Finance & Economics; Insurgency into the 21st Century; Global Crisis Reporting; In the Editor’s Chair, International Relations for Journalists, Reporting Health for Science, and Development Communications.

    The taught component of the course amounts to 120 credits. Students complete this across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June. Students are then required to submit a dissertation at the end of August. The dissertation carries 60 credits.

    Special Features:

        * Designed both for those with no previous experience in journalism and for mid-career journalism practitioners wanting a period of reflection upon and study of the profession to deepen understanding of journalism practice.
        * It aims to promote an awareness of the place and importance of journalism in the contemporary world, and in local and global contexts. The course attracts students from all over the world, providing a rich and diverse environment for academic study and critique.

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