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International Journalism MA


Course Description

This programme combines the practice of journalism with theoretical perspectives, allowing you to think critically about journalism in a global context.

Core modules will introduce you to different theories and approaches in international journalism, using research and case studies to consider the economic, cultural, social and political implications of journalistic practice. You’ll write news stories and gain an awareness of issues such as regulation and ethics.

At the same time, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules – you could study multimedia journalism, communication and development or identity in the media among others.

Our students have included people with little experience of journalism as well as experienced editors, journalists and bloggers looking for a new perspective on their work. Guided by leading researchers in the field, and focusing on contemporary practice, you’ll be well equipped to become an expert in your field.Our School has a range of fantastic facilities to support your studies. The 58-seat Phil Taylor Cinema is equipped with Dolby Digital sound and high-definition projection facilities, as well as projectors for 16mm and 35mm film.

You can also work on your own projects in our 44 editing suites, equipped with Avid Media Composer editing software and Adobe Creative Cloud. The fully equipped TV studio also has a large green screen area, lighting and photo-flash facilities. We also have a track and dolly, sliders, Glidecam and various cranes, and you’ll have access to a new photographic dark room.

We also run a loans service where you can borrow a range of HD digital camcorders and various 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. Your dissertation is a major independent research project on a topic of your choice, which you submit at the end of the year.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll complete the MA over two years, instead of one, taking fewer modules each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation and Research Methods 60 credits
  • Journalism Theory and Research 30 credits
  • Journalism Practice and Policy 30 credits

Optional modules

  • Technology, Media and Critical Literacy 30 credits
  • Communication and International Affairs 30 credits
  • Public Relations Theory 30 credits
  • Public Relations, Culture and Society 30 credits
  • Feminism, Identity and Media 30 credits
  • Media, Culture and Globalisation 30 credits
  • The Media and Democratisation: Global Perspectives 30 credits
  • The Reporting of Politics 30 credits
  • Innovations in Political Communication 30 credits
  • Politics and the Media 30 credits
  • Communication and Public Opinion 30 credits
  • Multimedia Journalism 30 credits
  • Communication and Development 30 credits
  • The Cultural History of Promotional Communication 30 credits
  • Radio Technologies, Industries and Cultures 30 credits
  • Identity, Culture and Technology 30 credits
  • Integrated Communication 30 credits
  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking 15 credits
  • Managing Business Across Cultures 15 credits
  • International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice 15 credits
  • Writing for Professional Purposes 15 credits
  • 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic 30 credits
  • Researching Inequality in the Media 30 credits
  • Reality TV: Truth or Fiction? 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Journalism MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Journalism MA Part Time in the course catalogue

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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.


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

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a social sciences or humanities subject, law or politics. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. Applications based on degrees in other subjects will be considered on an individual basis by the programme leader. We recommend that if you do not have a degree in social sciences or humanities, you submit a brief personal statement explaining why you should be offered a place on the programme. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Last Updated

04 August 2017

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