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The MSc Journalism has been designed to develop both critical understanding of the profession and provide an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism. Read more
The MSc Journalism has been designed to develop both critical understanding of the profession and provide an overview of the practices and concepts of journalism.

The MSc Journalism Degree explores the role of radio, television, print and online platforms, developing skills and building experience. This course will equip you with the skills, experience and understanding to build a career in journalism which combines academic discipline with practical training.

Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

A placement opportunity is also available as part of this course

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/information-communication-and-media/study-options/postgraduate-taught-full-time/journalism

Course detail

Key skills in journalistic writing, communication and IT are developed along with the skills of reporting, feature writing, subbing, interviewing and researching stories. The course also covers research and analytical skills and includes the social, economic and political roles of contemporary media and the role of the journalist in society.

You will be expected to attend intensive training in shorthand each day throughout the first two Semesters

Semester 1

• Media Industries
• News Writing
• Media Law
• Broadcast Journalism

Semester 2

• Digital Journalism in Practice
• Research Methods
• Government and Public Affairs
• Fieldwork Placement

Semester 3

•Journalism Project or Dissertation

Assessment

You will be expected to sit NCTJ examinations in reporting, media law, video journalism, public affairs and shorthand.

In Semester 2, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the project/dissertation.

Format

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Teaching and Staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with expertise in all areas of journalism, broadcasting and communication. The Course Leader is Andrew Jones, former head of BBC Scotland North. He teaches alongside John Linklater who was education correspondent, literary editor, theatre critic and features writer during a long career with The Herald in Glasgow.

Placement

The placement consists of 4-5 weeks practical experience in the operation of an appropriate organisation.

Careers

The expanding global communications industry provides excellent career opportunities for those who are equipped with a broad range of professional, technological and creative skills.

This journalism course has been designed in partnership with industry and provides graduates with both academic and professional knowledge and skills. These, in conjunction with practical skills, enhance career prospects and equip graduates with the skillset required to work in the journalism profession.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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The MSc in Computational and Data Journalism is a cutting-edge programme based at the UK’s leading Journalism School (Guardian’s University Guide 2016). Read more
The MSc in Computational and Data Journalism is a cutting-edge programme based at the UK’s leading Journalism School (Guardian’s University Guide 2016). It is jointly delivered by the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and the School of Computer Science and Informatics.

This programme provides the perfect vantage point from which to succeed in digital journalist and allows you to develops skills in both data journalism and newsroom development. No previous knowledge of computing is necessary and the programme is open to graduates from any discipline.

This MSc is ideal for recent graduates looking for specialist skills in digital journalism and coding that are proven to be in demand by leading organisations. We also work with working journalists looking to develop their skills in this growing area of the industry.

As a hands-on programme, it focuses on the development of knowledge and skills through research-informed practical learning in journalism, data science, computer coding and digital development.

During this one-year, full-time Master's degree, you will benefit from a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops to develop your skills in an open, discussion-driven environment.

You will develop a solid foundation in journalism and computing, before specialising in your areas of interest and finally completing a practical and research-based dissertation project using the unique skills that you have acquired.

This programme is the perfect foundation for a career at the forefront of digital journalism. It has been designed to respond to a shortage in skills reported by employers and built to develop professional writing and editorial skills. In addition, it delivers specialist training to understanding data, coding and web application development.

Distinctive features

• This innovative programme is the first of its kind in the UK and is supported by leading industry bodies such as the Financial Times, the BBC and the Office for National Statistics

• Specialist modules include science reporting, sport, business journalism, crisis reporting, visual communication and information design

• The course has a strong focus on practical application of the skills acquired

Structure

This is a year-long, full-time course. It is taught through a mix of formal lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises as well as individual and team projects but always with a focus on applying the skills in the real world.

The course is structured in three phases – foundation, application and specialisation, dissertation - to support you in the development of skills and knowledge in the key aspects of the course.

You will initially gain a solid foundation in journalism and computing before specialising in your areas of interest and finally, completing a practical and research-based dissertation project using the unique skills that you have acquired.

Core modules:

Information Processing in Python
Web Application Development
Reporters and the Reported
Digital Investigation
Data Journalism
Data Journalism
Dissertation Project

Optional modules:

Computer Science Topic 1: Web and Social Computing
Human Centric Computing
Visual Communication and Information Design
Reporting Business, Finance & Economics
Global Crisis Reporting
Reporting Health and Science
Managing Print Media in a Digital World
Motoring Journalism
Business and Financial Journalism
Lifestyle & Consumer Journalism
Political Reporting
Sports Journalism
Data Journalism
Yr Agenda Cymreig

Teaching

You will be taught through a variety of formal lectures, practical exercises, and individual or group projects which replicate an industry environment.

You will benefit from a dedicated programme of seminars to complement your skills and understanding across the two different disciplines and to bring together the issues arising from the existing teaching modules.

You will also attend a cross-computing/journalism set of workshops and seminars, which support early application and development of the skills developed through each of the subject areas.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a wide range of formative and summative assessments throughout the course. These range from practical class room activities to academic essays and examinations.

Career prospects

The skills taught by this MSc are in demand with employers. Students from the course have gone on to work as data journalists with national news organisations. Students on this programme have also included working journalists looking to specialise in this important area of growth within the media.

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Whether you are starting your career in journalism or are an experienced reporter looking to get to grips with a changing industry, this is an opportunity to develop skills that are highly sought after by employers. Read more
Whether you are starting your career in journalism or are an experienced reporter looking to get to grips with a changing industry, this is an opportunity to develop skills that are highly sought after by employers.

We are committed to the underlying principles of journalism ? objectivity, fairness, balance and storytelling, and recognise that the world is becoming ever more digital. That?s why we place emphasis on up-to-the-minute communication tools and technology. You will engage with the latest in social media, search engine optimisation (SEO), crowd sourcing and user-generated content, while also focusing on the more traditional areas of newspapers, television, radio and online news.

This is a unique qualification ? we are the only journalism course in England to be taught from within a business school. You will benefit from our contacts within the city of Leeds, providing you with an opportunity to meet, research and report on companies, industry and new developments. Previous students have enjoyed work experience with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated newsroom and television and radio studios.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/journalism_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

This course has a strong international flavour, specialising in media law around the world, so you will be able to research, develop contacts and write editorial for global audiences on a variety of topics. You could progress in journalism, PR, social media, communications, digital marketing, SEO and brand management across many different industries, while specific roles could include editor, reporter, feature writer or correspondent.

Specific roles could include:

- Editor
- Reporter
- Feature Writer
- Correspondent

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We encourage you to get hands-on journalism experience and our previous students have enjoyed work placements with BBC Newsnight, Reuters and The Independent. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a dedicated newsroom and both television and radio studios.

We have a dedicated employability and placements office to support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your work - whether it be editorial, audio or video. Through our multi-media Student Journalism Website you will also have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including a dedicated newsroom with the latest Apple Mac Technology, television and radio studios, portable radio studios for outside broadcasts, microphones and high-definition cameras.

Core Modules

Editing & Production
Develop page layout and editorial design skills and gain an appreciation of why sub-editing and design are crucial elements in the production of any printed media publication, website or multimedia application.

Feature Writing
Develop the craft of professional writing for a range of magazines, newspapers and websites, with a particular emphasis on technology and science journalism.

International Perspectives on Media Law, Ethics & Regulation
This module considers media law in a UK, European and international setting, and shows how media, human rights and ethics are intertwined.

Journalism Theory
Gain an understanding and critical awareness of journalism principles and practice in a rapidly evolving, diverse, global and technologically-driven media.

Reporting
Learn the core values and practice of journalism, including sourcing, gathering and writing news stories. You will produce news and feature stories using research and interview techniques in a newsroom setting.

Dissertation
You will carry out an in-depth research project in a subject that is appropriate to the course and of particular interest to you.

Sean Dodson

Senior Lecturer

"I believe in journalism's power to improve democracy and society. The profession has taken a knock recently, but I see that as all the more reason to develop a newer, more ethical journalism - and a university without the constraints of the media industry, but with connections to it, is the perfect place to be."

Sean has previously written articles specialising in the social uses of technology and has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Design Week, The South China Morning Post and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Our Sociology master's degrees offer students training in the most significant recent developments in sociology. All three streams enable students to specialise in particular areas, developing their critical and analytical abilities, their methodological skills and their expertise in substantive sociological topics. Read more

About the MSc programmes

Our Sociology master's degrees offer students training in the most significant recent developments in sociology. All three streams enable students to specialise in particular areas, developing their critical and analytical abilities, their methodological skills and their expertise in substantive sociological topics.

Students develop their own research projects in any aspect of the discipline that interests them, and choose optional courses from a wide selection both within and outside the Sociology Department. Each stream emphasises a different aspect of research training, provided through its specification of compulsory courses: MSc Sociology provides a balance of sociological theory, methodology and substantive topics. The Contemporary Social Thought stream is built around a compulsory course in theory and analysis. The MSc Sociology (Research) has a higher weighting of qualitative and quantitative methods training, originally designed as an ESRC approved training course for doctoral studentships.

You take a total of three course units through a combination of full and/or half units and you complete a dissertation of up to 10,000 words on a subject of interest related to the courses and approved by the Department.

Graduate destinations

Students go into a wide variety of professions, such as teaching, research, politics, public administration, the social and health services, advertising, journalism, other areas of the media, law, publishing, industry, accounting, marketing, personnel and management.

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This hands-on and practical Masters is on the cutting edge of emerging media and journalistic practice, and will develop your professional journalism skills and experience- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-journalism/. Read more
This hands-on and practical Masters is on the cutting edge of emerging media and journalistic practice, and will develop your professional journalism skills and experience- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-digital-journalism/

The Masters is a collaborative programme from the Departments of Media and Communications and Computing. Our academic staff combines Goldsmiths lecturers and lab tutors working at the frontiers of digital journalism practice and research and a terrific range of industry guests ranging from the biggest media organisations in London to start-ups and charities.

With its unique inclusion of real software, design, and code training in Computing, complemented by fundamentals of news writing, media law, and multimedia production, the MA/MSc in Digital Journalism seeks to redefine journalistic practice for digital media.



Our students will become proficient in the intersections of:

Journalism skills (writing, reporting, editing, photography and picture use, law and ethics)
Computing skills (coding, hardware/software, data, digital methods)
Multimedia skills (video, video editing, audio)
We educate aspiring or mid-career professionals seeking to retain the fundamentals of quality, credibility, and transparency that define journalism whilst pushing boundaries and transforming its craft and practice. Applicants should be determined to explore critical and entrepreneurial approaches and be enthusiastic about in-depth and hands-on experimentation with innovations in journalism.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Miranda McLachlan.

Modules & Structure

Students without a technical background will be encouraged to take our pre-session Digital Bootcamp in September to gain a basic literacy in digital fundamentals, and to get to know fellow students.

The degree consists of modules taught by both departments in a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative style.

Core modules in Media introduce you to:

-Digital News Writing
-Multimedia Production
-Media Law

Core modules in Computing include:
-Extensive training and experimentation time in the Digital Sandbox (lab) developing a capability and literacy in Computer Science and Design
-Digital Research Methods for scraping social networks, conducting investigative reports, and project management

The final practical project will be in two parts: you will undertake a period of group working running EastLondonlines.co.uk, the local news website run by the Department of Media and Communications as an editorial team, and produce an individual written and digital research project in consultation with a supervisor.

Digital News Writing- 15 credits
Multimedia Production- 15 credits
Media, Law and Ethics- 15 and 30 credits
Digital Sandbox- 30 credits
Digital Sandbox Seminars- 15 credits
Digital Research Methods- 15 credits
MA/MSc in Digital Journalism Major Project/Dissertation- 60 credits

Assessment

You are required to undertake and pass every element of the programme. Each module is individually assessed using a variety of provisions including digital projects, written work, and exam.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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Why take this course?. This course will equip you for the demands of the modern newsroom. This requires journalists not just to possess traditional writing skills, but also to be familiar with the latest technology. Read more

Why take this course?

This course will equip you for the demands of the modern newsroom. This requires journalists not just to possess traditional writing skills, but also to be familiar with the latest technology.

MSc Broadcast Journalism enables you to choose your own pathway:

  • As a journalist graduate who wishes to specialise in a number of technical aspects of TV and broadcast and presenting
  • As a graduate from Humanities and Social Science backgrounds wishing to express your ideas in recognised TV and broadcast formats
  • As a television and broadcasting graduate wishing to develop your media practice to a higher level

What will I experience?

On this course you will experience:

  • Industry-like production news days, broadcasting in collaboration with the Faculty TV channel (CCITV) and the community radio station (Express FM) situated within the Faculty
  • Immersion in radio and television news through a mix of hands-on practical classes, workshops, seminars, presentations, live broadcasts, essays and independent study
  • Working with Industry Partners on live broadcasts from a professional newsroom

What opportunities might it lead to?

You will develop strong academic, creative and technical abilities. As a result, you will have the skills to work in various areas of the current broadcast journalism industry or as part of the wider creative industries – e.g. as a video journalist, producer (radio, TV), editor, sub-editor, journalist, production manager, presenter, reporter, news commentator or researcher.

As a graduate of this programme you will be well placed to pursue the following career routes:

  • broadcast journalism
  • video journalism
  • TV studio work (gallery, studio) – presenting/reporting
  • research and development in TV
  • production management
  • online journalism


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The MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject from a global perspective. Read more

About the MSc programmes

The MSc International Relations is an advanced, academic study of the subject from a global perspective. You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of issues, including the formulation and implementation of foreign policy, relations between states and governments, international organisations and NGOs, and conflict and peace-making, and can choose to focus on specific regions, such as the Middle East, Asia and China.

The non-research track includes a compulsory course in International Politics, which provides an historical and theoretical analysis of core concepts in international relations, of the normative and analytic issues involved, and of their relationship to the social sciences in general. You will also submit a 10,000 word dissertation and choose optional courses to the value of two units.

The MSc International Relations (Research) is designed as a preparation for research work. The compulsory course, Theories of International Relations, covers the main explanatory and normative paradigms in international relations theory. Designed for students intending to proceed to a research degree and an academic career, it includes a course in social research methods. You will also submit a 10,000 word dissertation and choose optional courses to the value of one unit.

Graduate destinations

Most of our former MSc students go on to work in government, international organisations, financial institutions, journalism and corporations, but some continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.

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The MSc Economic History offers a flexible programme to those who have already studied economic history at first degree level, or for those who have studied a related discipline and whose interests have moved towards economic history. Read more

MSc Economic History

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economic History offers a flexible programme to those who have already studied economic history at first degree level, or for those who have studied a related discipline and whose interests have moved towards economic history.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of elective courses in economic history, allowing you to compile a programme according to your interests and career goals. You will also complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice. The programme provides a broad training in social science research methods and their application to historical study, including the role of theory, evaluation, analysis and explanation, quantitative techniques and computing, the use of sources and presentational skills.

Economic History combines the skills of the economist, the statistician and the sociologist, as well as those of the historian, therefore graduates leave the programme with a portfolio of highly transferable skills that can be applied across a wide variety of employment sectors.

Graduate destinations

Economic history graduates can be found in management and administration in the public and private sectors; banking; journalism; economic consultancy; and library and museum services, to mention just a few.

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The MSc Media and Communications programmes offer an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Media and Communications programmes offer an intensive, year-long exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications. They aim to provide a broad-based understanding of the development and forms of media and communications in relation to political economy, regulation and power, production and organisation, processes of mediation and influence, communication content and audience response. They offer an up-to-date engagement with diverse theoretical, conceptual and empirical developments in research on media and communications through a mix of compulsory and optional courses and an independent research project.

The Research track programme also provides advanced research and methodological training, enhancing students' methodological and statistical skills. This training is particularly suited to students wishing to undertake MPhil/PhD degrees or pursue research-related careers. See the MSc Media and Communications (Research) programme.

We attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds, often including professional experience working in media and communications related fields. Indeed, the opportunity for cross-cultural meetings and exchange of ideas among the student body is a valuable feature of studying within the Department.

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of careers in the UK and abroad, including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors.

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The study of international political economy is the study of interactions between markets and politics; the influence of markets on politics and the influence of policy on markets. Read more

About the MSc programmes

The study of international political economy is the study of interactions between markets and politics; the influence of markets on politics and the influence of policy on markets. The MSc in International Political Economy (IPE) offers a multidisciplinary perspective on international economic and power relations, essential to understanding an increasingly globalised world.

The core of IPE is international money and international finance, and there is a particular focus on the 2008 financial crisis, its causes and its consequences. Other central topics include international trade and investment, which looks at the drivers of market globalisation and factors which shape the flow of trade and investment, and the international political economy and the environment, specifically, what impedes a genuine agreement on climate change.

The MSc International Political Economy (Research) is designed as a preparation for future research work if you are entering the field from another related discipline, or if you wish to focus particularly on methodological training. It is not necessary to decide which programme you prefer until you submit your option choices in the Michaelmas term, normally in mid-October.

Graduate destinations

The programme has provided excellent prospects for early-career graduates, seeking entry to graduate programmes at top global firms, as well as for experienced graduates looking to reposition themselves for more senior roles. We have alumni in banking and financial journalism and in major consulting companies such as Ernst & Young, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world. A good number of our graduates continue on to research degrees and the academic profession.

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The unique MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one… Read more

About the MSc programme

The unique MSc double degree in Global Media and Communications enables students to study for one year at LSE in London, the UK's media capital, and one year at either the School of Journalism, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC) – a top US communication school with close links to the Los Angeles media industry, Fudan University – a top journalism faculty with close links to Shanghai's media industry, or the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town – the highest-ranked university on the African continent with close links to Cape Town’s media and film industry and NGO sector.

The programme will provide you with a critical exploration of mediation in the global context, examining processes of globalisation in relation to organisation, production, consumption and representation in media and communications. In our ever increasing globalised world, international experience gained on one of our global programmes is invaluable and provides an excellent knowledge and experience base to work from.

Year one: LSE

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Global Media and Communications in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. You should visit the School's Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the Updated graduate course and programme information page.

Mandarin language classes

All students in Year one of MSc in Global Media and Communications (LSE and Fudan) will also attend 40 hours of Mandarin language classes at the appropriate level in the LSE Language Centre or the LSE Confucius Institute for Business. Mandarin language assessment does not form part of the MSc assessment, but attendance, for which there is no additional fee to the student, is required for all students on this programme except those already completely fluent in Mandarin.

Year two: Annenberg, USC Annenberg logo

Compulsory course
◾ Global Communication Research Practicum (4 units)

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of 20 units from a range of options.

Please note that if you are applying for the LSE-USC dual degree, you should submit both the LSE online application and the USC Graduate Admission application. Before starting your USC Graduate Admission application, please review the graduate application guidelines on the USC Annenberg School website. Please note that applications are reviewed by both institutions.

Year two: Fudan

Students will be expected to choose a range of core and optional courses in Chinese language, culture and media.

For more details of second year in Fudan, please visit: http://www.xwxy.fudan.edu.cn/dm

Fudan University Students Students already enrolled in a master’s programme at Fudan University are eligible to apply through the normal application process, but it is advisable that they consult with Fudan University in advance of submitting an application.

Applicants from China Students who are citizens of the People's Republic of China (PRC), including students who are already studying at an overseas university (ie, outside of China), are required by Chinese law to complete the National Postgraduate Entrance Examination and meet all the requirements for PRC students for entry into a master's degree programme at Fudan.

Important: Please consult with Fudan University of School of Journalism before submitting an application. Contact:

Mr Wang Kun,
Programme Coordinator, LSE-Fudan Double-Degree
Fudan University – School of Journalism
Tel: 00-86-21-55664686
Email:

Year two: University of Cape Town

Information will be available shortly.

Graduate destinations

On graduating, our students enter a variety of global careers including broadcasting, journalism, advertising, new media industries, political marketing, market research, regulation and policy, media management and research in both public and private sectors. For further information about graduate destinations see http://www.lse.ac.uk/[email protected]/alumni

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This programme combines the latest in media, communications and audience theory, and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. Read more
This programme combines the latest in media, communications and audience theory, and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. You can apply your understanding of the role of the media in society to your own journalistic output.

Why this programme

◾You will be taught by members of the Glasgow Media Group, which has an international reputation for pioneering research methods in media and communications.
◾The Glasgow Media Group comprises industry-trained programme-makers and the programme includes a practical element related to transferable skills for employability.
◾The city of Glasgow is the centre of the media industry in Scotland and is home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland, STV and a range of major press titles including The Herald and The Daily Record. The Media Group has strong connections with local industry.
◾Researchers from the Glasgow Media Group have presented their work globally, given expert evidence to Westminster select committees and appear regularly on the BBC and other news outlets.
◾You can choose optional courses from areas such as economics, criminology, human rights, sociology, and politics whose research is at the forefront of debates about the role of the media in society.

Programme structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, followed by a dissertation or research project. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Practical skills in news-gathering and programme-making will be developed through seminars and workshops which will focus on the delivery of journalistic articles and features across media. Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, as well as the practical group work and individual projects.

Core courses
◾Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
◾Methods of social research
◾Practical news journalism
◾Researching audiences and the media.

Optional courses
◾China’s international politics
◾Crime, media and popular culture
◾Global economy
◾Human rights and global politics
◾International relations and development
◾International relations research
◾International security and strategic thought
◾Media and democracy
◾Political institutions communication
◾Public policy and management
◾The European Union in international politics and development
◾The internet and civil society
◾The media and regime transformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
◾Young people, social inclusion and change.

Career prospects

The programme is aimed at those interested in pursuing careers in the public domain (journalism, public relations, factual TV and radio, government bodies, voluntary organisations, museums) where skills in media and communications are essential. However, a working and critical knowledge of media and communications is increasingly desirable in areas as diverse as health, education and finance.

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The MSc Social Policy is divided into two streams. The first stream, Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) is a broad programme in many aspects of social policy that can be tailored to the interests of students from a wide range of backgrounds. Read more

About the MSc programme

The MSc Social Policy is divided into two streams. The first stream, Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning) is a broad programme in many aspects of social policy that can be tailored to the interests of students from a wide range of backgrounds. It is the oldest master's level programme in social policy in the world but it has evolved to reflect new interests and challenges.

The second stream, Social Policy (European and Comparative Social Policy) is an integrated programme designed for people looking towards careers in international research or as practitioners, planners and administrators of public services and whose interest or work lies at the international and European level. It provides you with the opportunity of examining major current social problems and the range of policies being developed to address them from a cross-national European and international perspective. Through multi-disciplinary and cross-national study, you gain a thorough grounding in the comparative analysis of the institutional arrangements of European welfare states, as well as examining specific social problems shared by individual countries.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the Social Policy and Planning stream have gone on to a variety of careers in research, the policy arena in think tanks and the political sphere, social service administration, voluntary organisations and many other destinations.

Graduates from the European and Comparative Social Policy stream have found positions within a wide range of institutions, including the European Commission, European Parliament, EU lobbying organisations, consultancies, UNESCO, broadcasting, journalism, international departments of national civil services, as well as employment in teaching and research or further study for a PhD.

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We are living through an era of tumultuous change in how politics is conducted and communicated. The great digital disruption of the early 21st century continues to work its way through media systems around the world, forcing change, adaptation, and renewal across a whole range of areas. Read more
We are living through an era of tumultuous change in how politics is conducted and communicated. The great digital disruption of the early 21st century continues to work its way through media systems around the world, forcing change, adaptation, and renewal across a whole range of areas: political parties and campaigns, interest groups, social movements, activist organisations, news and journalism, the communication industries, governments, and international relations.

In the New Political Communication Unit at Royal Holloway, University of London, we believe the key to making sense of these chaotic developments is the idea of power—how it is generated, how it is used, and how it shapes the diverse information and communication flows that affect all our lives.

This unique new Masters degree, which replaces the MSc in New Political Communication, is for critically-minded, free-thinking individuals who want to engage with the exciting intellectual ferment that is being generated by these unprecedented times. The curriculum integrates rigorous study of the very best academic research with an emphasis on making sense of political communication as it is practiced in the real world, in both "old" and "new" media settings.

While not a practice-based course, the MSc Media, Power, and Public Affairs is perfect for those who wish to build a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally. These include advocacy, campaign management, political communication consultancy, journalism, government communication, policy analysis, public opinion and semantic polling, and public diplomacy, to name but a few. Plus, due to its strong emphasis on scholarly rigour, the MSc in Media, Power, and Public Affairs is also the perfect foundation for a PhD in political communication.

You will study a mixture of core and elective units, including a generous choice of free options, and write a supervised dissertation over the summer. Teaching is conducted primarily in small group seminars that meet weekly for two hours, supplemented by individual tuition for the dissertation.

This course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.

See the website https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/politicsandir/coursefinder/mscpgdipmediapowerandpublicaffairs.aspx

Why choose this course?

- be taught by internationally-leading scholars in the field of political communication

- the curriculum integrates rigorous study of the very best academic research with an emphasis on making sense of political communication as it is practiced in the real world, in both "old" and "new" media settings

- perfect for those who wish to build a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally

- a unique focus on the question of power and influence in today’s radically networked societies.

On completion of the programme, you will have:
- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts, theoretical debates, and developments in the field of political communication

- advanced knowledge of the texts, theories, and methods used to enhance understanding of the issues, processes, and phenomena in the field of political communication

- advanced knowledge and critical understanding of research methods in the social sciences

- a solid foundation for a career in the growing range of professions that require deep and critical insight into the relationship between media and politics and public communication more generally, or for a PhD in any area of media and politics.

Department research and industry highlights

- The New Political Communication Unit’s research agenda focuses on the impact of new media and communication technologies on politics, policy and governance. Core staff include Professor Andrew Chadwick, Professor Ben O’Loughlin, Dr Alister Miskimmon, and Dr Cristian Vaccari. Recent books include Andrew Chadwick’s The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power (Oxford University Press, 2013), Cristian Vaccari’s Digital Politics in Western Democracies: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press), and Alister Miskimmon, Ben O’Loughlin, and Laura Roselle’s, Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order (Routledge, 2013). Andrew Chadwick edits the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in Digital Politics and Ben O’Loughlin is co-editor of the journal Media, War and Conflict. The Unit hosts a large number of PhD students working in the field of new political communication.

Course content and structure

You will study four core course units (chosen from a total of six options), two elective units, and write a dissertation over the summer. Course units include one of three disciplinary training pathway courses, a course in research design, analysing international politics, and specialist options in international relations.

Students studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not undertake the dissertation.

Core course units:
Media, Power, and Public Affairs: You will examine the relationship between media, politics and power in contemporary political life. This unit focuses on a number of important foundational themes, including theories of media effects, the construction of political news, election campaigning, government communications and spin, media regulation, the emergence of digital media, the globalisation of media, agenda setting, and propaganda and the role of media in international affairs. The overarching rationale is that we live in an era in which the massive diversity of media, new technologies, and new methodologies demands new forms of analysis. The approach will be comparative and international.

Internet and New Media Politics:
 Drawing predominantly, though not exclusively, upon specialist academic journal literatures, this course focuses on a number of important contemporary debates about the role and influence of new technologies on the values, processes and outcomes of: global governance institutions; public bureaucracies; journalism and news production; representative institutions including political parties and legislatures; pressure groups and social movements. It also examines persistent and controversial policy problems generated by digital media, such as privacy and surveillance, the nature of contemporary media systems, and the balance of power between older and newer media logics in social and political life. By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the key issues thrown up by the internet and new media, as well as a critical perspective on what these terms actually mean. The approach will be comparative, drawing on examples from around the world, including the developing world, but the principal focus will be on the politics of the United States and Britain.

Social Media and Politics: This course addresses the various ways in which social media are changing the relationships between politicians, citizens, and the media. The course will start by laying out broad arguments and debates about the democratic implications of social media that are ongoing not just in academic circles but also in public commentary, political circles, and policy networks—do social media expand or narrow civic engagement? Do they lead to cross-cutting relationships or self-reinforcing echo chambers? Do they hinder or promote political participation? Are they useful in campaigns or just the latest fashion? Do they foster effective direct communication between politicians and citizens? Are they best understood as technologies of freedom or as surveillance tools? These debates will be addressed throughout the course by drawing on recent empirical research published in the most highly rated academic journals in the field. The course will thus enable students to understand how social media are used by citizens, politicians, and media professionals to access, distribute, and co-produce contents that are relevant to politics and public affairs and establish opportunities for political and civic engagement.

Media, War and Conflict:
The post-9/11 global security situation and the 2003 Iraq war have prompted a marked increase in interest in questions concerning media, war and conflict. This unit examines the relationships between media, governments, military, and audiences/publics, in light of old, new, and potential future security events.

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations:
 You will be provided with an introduction to core theories and qualitative approaches in politics and international relations. You will examine a number of explanatory/theoretical frameworks, their basic assumptions, strengths and weaknesses, and concrete research applications. You will consider the various qualitative techniques available for conducting research, the range of decisions qualitative researchers face, and the trade-offs researchers must consider when designing qualitative research.

Dissertation (MSc only): The dissertation gives you the opportunity to study an aspect of Media, Power, and Public Affairs in depth. You will be assigned a dissertation supervisor and the length of the piece will be 12,000 words.

Elective course units:
Note: not all course units are available every year, but may include:
- Politics of Democracy
- Elections and Parties
- United States Foreign Policy
- Human Rights: From Theory to Practice
- Theories and Concepts in International Public Policy
- Contemporary Anglo-American Political Theory
- Transnational Security Studies
- Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East
- The Law of Cyber Warfare
- Comparative Political Executives
- European Union Politics and Policy
- International Public Policy in Practice
- Sovereignty, Rights and Justice
- Theories of Globalisation
- Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations

Assessment

Assessment is carried out by coursework and an individually-supervised dissertation.

Employability & career opportunities

Advocacy, campaign management, political communication consultancy, journalism, government communication, policy analysis, public opinion and semantic polling, public diplomacy, PhD research.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/postgraduate/applying/howtoapply.aspx .

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​The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. Read more

Course Overview

​The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. It enables nutrition graduates to study dietetics so that they can apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian at Postgraduate Diploma or MSc level.

The Postgraduate Diploma programme is closely aligned to the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme and contains three compulsory placements in NHS Dietetics Departments in Wales.

Students exiting with the Postgraduate Diploma can return to undertake the dissertation on a part-time basis to gain the MSc Dietetics.

Applications for September 2016 entry open October 2015. Deadline for applications: 15th January 2016.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Dietetics---MSc-PgD-.aspx

Entry Requirements​

Applicants should have an honours degree (1st class or 2:1) in human nutrition, or a degree that includes nutrition in the awards title, with sufficient emphasis on physiology and biochemistry (50 credits in total required, with at least 20 credits in human physiology and 20 credits in human biochemistry).

It is also preferable for candidates to have 10 credits in sociology and 10 credits in psychology, however this can be taken alongside other modules on the programme if successful.

Students should have completed their degree not more than five years before their proposed entry to this Masters.
Applicants who have a first or upper second-class honours degree in nutrition, which does not contain either sufficient biochemistry or physiology (but not both), can undertake further relevant modules at undergraduate level, prior to applying for the programme.

Applicants who do not have a degree award in nutrition (1st or 2:1) but meet the requirements for biochemistry and physiology, will need to undertake a further relevant taught course of study to at least to postgraduate diploma level prior to applying for the course.

Applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements.

​Course Content​​

During the programme students are educated to be responsive practitioners, able to adapt to the changing needs of society. The course is designed to produce critically thinking and reflective professionals who have comprehensive theoretical knowledge, along with a spirit of enquiry and an analytical and creative approach to problem solving.

The programme has two main parts; the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics:
This part contains the taught academic element, which is closely aligned to the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme and three periods of practical training. On completion students can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics, which leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian.

MSc:
Students can undertake the dissertation to obtain MSc Dietetics, which can be achieved straight after the Postgraduate Diploma element. On completion students can be awarded MSc Dietetics, which also leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian. Alternatively the dissertation can be taken after being awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, within 5 years of initial enrolment; this can be taken on a part-time basis.

The taught academic part of the course contains six modules at Level 7 (Masters). In addition, students study professional body modules (level 5) in order to fulfil the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association curriculum guidelines.

Learning & Teaching​

​The taught element of the programme involve lectures, tutorials and practical work. Tutorials are mainly case study based where students apply the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures to problem solve case scenarios. Practical sessions are either food based, involve giving presentations or practice in consultation skills. The practicals take place in the specialist food facilities and the clinical simulation suite.

It is expected that students undertake independent reading and self-study; this is aided by the use of Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment in use at the University.

In addition students undertake 3 periods of practical training in NHS Dietetics departments in Wales. Full preparation is given prior to the placements and students are supported and visited during the placements by Dietetic Academic staff.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who offers pastoral support and guides the student through personal development planning.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by examination and/or assignment. All the modules are externally assessed. The clinical training placements have to be successfully completed to proceed and graduate.

Employability & Careers​

Dietitians normally begin their career in the National Health Service where they progress to the main clinical grades. The opportunity exists for specialisation in various aspects of dietetics by means of post-registration education. In addition there are opportunities for dietitians to be involved in health education/promotion, education, research and journalism.

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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