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The MA in International Journalism offers an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to contemporary journalism studies under the impact of globalisation and digitalisation, drawing upon expertise in Media and Communication Studies.

Key Features of MA in International Journalism

The MA in International Journalism provides an international and cross-cultural approach to journalism in the 21st century and aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of the role of journalism in society. The International Journalism course combines the teaching of practical skills and techniques of journalistic production with the exploration of practice from a range of theoretical and analytical perspectives. Graduates have careers in journalism, media, communication and PR, broadcasting, publishing, marketing and sales.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

International Journalism Course Structure

The International Journalism course structure is split across the year allowing three modules in each academic semester (a total of six modules) and then a dissertation over the summer. The dissertation component allows students to either write a 20,000 word dissertation or a journalism/media project of their own (with 10,000 word report) which draws upon issues and themes developed throughout the year.

International Journalism Programme Aims

The MA in International Journalism aims to enable students to:

  • Examine the theory and method of international journalism studies;
  • Compare the structure of journalism in different media systems;
  • Assess the international reporting of global news stories such as climate change, migration, HIV/AIDS and war and conflict;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the key issues and main debates in the field of international journalism and communication;
  • Acquire research skills in media research methodologies, information gathering techniques, as well as practical writing and new media skills;
  • Develop an analytical and reflexive approach to journalism studies with a cross-cultural approach.


Modules on the MA in International Journalism typically include:

  • Global Media
  • Comparative Journalism
  • MA Project and Dissertation Preparation
  • Digital Journalism Portfolio
  • The Digital Revolution
  • The Digital Edge: Contemporary Issues and Trends
  • The Business and Politics of Digital Media
  • Risk Reporting
  • Terrorism, Conflict and The Media
  • Professional and Promotional Writing
  • PR, Branding and Promotion

Who should Apply?

Students interested in journalism and media studies, from a media studies, literature, history, sociology, politics and international relations, social science, or other related background. Professionals interested in journalism and global media both in terms of their professional practice, but also related to fields in policy research and public administration.

Students interested in preparation for postgraduate research, MPhil or PhD, or who wish to develop skills and knowledge related to global media and international journalism.


Career expectations are excellent for International Journalism graduates. Media organisations, non-profit organisations, government and the public sector and private companies value the fact that our graduates have developed a range of critical abilities and skills in problem solving. Our International Journalism graduates enter careers in journalism (Guardian Online), broadcasting (BBC Wales), advertising, publicity, arts and cultural bodies or are employed as NGOs. Others go on to study a PhD and have a career in academia.

Research Interests

There has been a growing interest in examining how changes such as integration and digitalisation in the global media have influenced the practice and performance of journalism and how journalism works across cultural boundaries. International studies offer much scope for new and exciting crosscultural, cross-disciplinary work in the field of journalism and the communication studies. Regular research seminars and lectures relating to the MA are run through the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) which International Journalism students are encouraged to attend. 

Student Quote

"After spending three exciting years earning my BA in Media Studies at Swansea University there was really only one choice for me when I chose to continue with postgraduate education. The MA in International Journalism provided a good balance of theoretical knowledge and practical journalism skills, enabling me to approach news and feature writing in an effective way and develop a strong portfolio of work. Alongside these modules the course's global approach to journalism helped me to develop a wider view of world media and appreciate the importance of new technologies in publishing - something that has come in very useful as I now work as a web editor for an international magazine based in Shanghai, China."

Claire Slobodian, International Journalism MA

Visit the International Journalism MA page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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