The course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of how media work across a variety of social, cultural, economic and political contexts.
We focus on the academic study of journalism, but also offer opportunities for the development of professional skills through optional modules in the second semester and through research.
The course provides insights into how journalism is changing in a globalised context, exploring key debates and issues in journalism studies today. It also provides training in the use of a range of research skills in journalism studies, to support academic scholarship in the field of journalism studies.
You will learn to assess how media are linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, global responses to war and conflict, and environmental challenges, amongst others.
You will explore the roles of new information and communication technologies, their opportunities and challenges, their democratic potential and their regulation
We will consider issues of citizenship, race, gender, ethnicity and class that are shaping contemporary forms of news media content.
This programme offers 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. You should not consider this degree as a professional qualification towards becoming a journalist.
• The course is designed for those with no previous experience in journalism and for mid-career journalism practitioners wanting a period of reflection to deepen their 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.
• It attracts students from all over the world, providing a rich and diverse environment for academic study and critique.
The taught component of the course amounts to 120 credits and is taught across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June and combines core and elective modules.
You will submit a dissertation at the end of August. The dissertation carries 60 credits.
Introduction to Journalism Studies Mediatised Conflict: The Politics of Conflict Reporting Politics of Global Communication Putting Research into Practice I Putting Research into Practice II Project Based Dissertation
Media Law Reporting Business, Finance & Economics Reporting the Middle East Insurgency into the 21st Century Citizen Media Global Crisis Reporting In The Editor's Chair Reporting Health and Science Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion and the Media Social Media and Politics Governing the Internet: Digital Freedoms and Restrictions Big Data, Society and Everyday Life
You will be taught through lecture and seminars series which complement the academic nature of the course.
You will be assessed through a range of formative and summative assessments throughout the course. The main method of assessment on this programme is course work.
Graduates of MA Journalism, Media and Communications are employed in a range of occupations in journalism, media and communication institutions both in the UK and globally, taking on a variety of leading roles.
As an academic course focusing on critical analysis, this programme also provides a perfect starting-point for PhD research and prepares students for careers in research institutions, both at university and other public or private institutions.