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This course offers a thorough grounding in journalism studies and introduces debates in the field. It covers a range of topics including the impact of digital technologies on journalism practice and the relationship between journalism and politics. You'll be introduced to the practice of research, undertaking an independent research project. You will also have the opportunity to choose optional modules. The course is designed to cater for students who wish to study journalism at MA level, perhaps for the first time, and graduates who have a background in journalism.

Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. Our 58-seat cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound, high-definition projection facilities and projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.

You can work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. Our fully equipped TV studio has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam, cranes and a photographic dark room. We run a loans service where you can borrow HD digital camcorders and Canon stills cameras to help with your project work.

Course content

Core modules will lay the foundations for your understanding of the theory and ongoing research in the world of global journalism, and how journalism shapes – and is shaped by – global political, social, economic and cultural issues. Then you’ll explore how this affects journalistic practice, considering issues like regulation and ethics as you build skills in news research and writing.

On top of this, you’ll build specialist knowledge through your choice of optional modules. These vary every year, but can include topics such as television narrative, media and globalisation, urban narratives, and media and democratisation. The optional modules allow you to focus on topics that suit your own interests or perhaps reflect your career plans.

Throughout the year, you’ll also be preparing for your dissertation through the Dissertation and Research Methods module.


Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation and Research Methods
  • Journalism Theory and Research
  • Journalism Practice and Policy

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Feminism, Identity and Media
  • Understanding the Audience
  • The Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives
  • The Reporting of Politics
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Innovations in Political Communication
  • Keywords in Political Communication
  • Communication and Public Opinion
  • Identity and Culture
  • The Cultural History of Promotional Communication
  • Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures
  • Integrated Communication
  • Stylistic Aesthetics of Chinese Language in Media and Communication
  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking
  • Managing Business Across Cultures
  • International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice
  • Writing for Professional Purposes
  • Cultural Policy
  • Researching Inequality in the Media
  • Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?

Learning and teaching

MA modules will use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, group learning and project work, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Independent study is also crucial to this degree, as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in lectures and seminars, and to develop your skills in analysis and research. You should anticipate spending at least 20 hours per week on independent study associated with your modules.


We also use different forms of assessment including essays, exams, news stories and reports. Optional modules may also use methods such as case studies and source analysis, depending on the modules you choose.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Communication and Society (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Communication and Society (10 weeks).

How to apply



Documents and information you need

  • Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • Your most recent CV
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language qualifications.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


For fees information for taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Tuition Fee Scholarships

The School of Media and Communication offers three tuition fee scholarships to UK/EU students, each worth the full tuition fees. We also offer three tuition fee scholarships to international students, each worth half the tuition fees.

To see all our scholarship and funding opportunities, visit the School of Media and Communication scholarships page.

Career opportunities

This programme will give you a wide range of knowledge, as well as advanced skills in research, analysis and communication that will serve you well in a wide range of careers.

Graduates have found success in a range of careers. These have included national and international journalism, as well as public relations roles for government, international and not-for-profit organisations.

You’ll also be well prepared to continue with research in this rapidly evolving field at PhD level and in an academic career.

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





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