News and reportage occurs on an international platform and this Journalism Masters programme, run by our specialist Screen School, will provide you with the expert support and industry knowledge required for your progression in this highly competitive industry.
•Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
•Course delivered in LJMU’s new £38million Redmonds Building, which offers industry-standard media facilities
•Liverpool Screen School part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme
•Excellent career opportunities in areas such as journalism, public relations, information management, press offices in local and central government and international organisations
The MA in International Journalism course will develop your thinking and improve your ability to analyse and evaluate the news media and reach an understanding of its importance.
The programme is designed so that if you have no experience you will receive basic training in journalism practice. If you already have journalistic skills, you will be able to concentrate on analysing the craft and your own part in it. In this way, the course will develop your ability to critically analyse the purpose and structure of journalism and to evaluate the processes and products of either your own or other people's work.
International Journalism is the first course aimed at developing critical analysis on the international stage for both practitioners and those who have a serious interest in this field. The programme concentrates on journalism with international relations and is suitable for students from abroad as well as those from the UK.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
An introduction to the theoretical concepts surrounding the study of journalism. The module will cover a range of subjects including news values, law and ethics, agenda setting, gatekeeping, representation and stereotyping, the use of language, the business of a newsroom and the effects of online journalism on the news agenda
International Relations for Journalists
Examines the theory and practice of international relations focusing in particular on cultural, economic and security relations
Academic Research for Journalists
Provides you with a thorough understanding of academic research methods and methodologies suitable for journalism social research and the production of research papers and dissertations at masters level
Comparative Media Analysis
Gain knowledge and understanding of the main influences on news-orientated media in a variety of countries; analyse and evaluate how these influences affect the performance and influence of the media in different countries
You will produce a written dissertation that researches a key issue relating to International Journalism and demonstrates mastery in its analysis or evaluation
The following option modules are typically offered:
News and Professional Practice
Identify a news story and produce a well-structured report and produce accurate reports for print and media outlets
Reflecting on Professional Practice
You will investigate the nature of journalistic skills and requirements
Introduces you to the area of magazine production and publication, including the use of industry-standard software and aims to hone your long-form writing skills
To allow working journalists or those with considerable experience in journalism to research an aspect of journalistic production in some depth
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
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A Bachelors degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Journalism, Media Studies, English Language, English Literature, Politics, History, Sociology) with a pass of at least a lower second class.Those without a degree may be considered depending on their circumstances. It is anticipated that since this programme will be of interest to those who are practising journalists, one possible non-degree entry route will be a minimum of five years journalistic experience. Any applicant who has worked as a journalist, press officer, information officer or in a similar post for at least five years are welcome to apply for the course.