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MA International Journalism

Course Description

Course Summary

This is a course for our times, responding to the challenges of globalization. The degree will challenge those from the UK and beyond to think past their national perspectives. To get the full story you need to transcend geographical borders and traditional divisions.

Today's big stories are complex, simultaneously political, economic, hyper-local and global. You will learn about transnational organisations, critique theories relating to the role of the media and globalisation and practice journalism across various media platforms.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose International Journalism MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study with professionals from the industry, including alumni of this course, who will share practice examples, give you tips on entering the industry and help you develop your network
- Explore career options in regional, national and transnational reporting, or as a political, economic and foreign correspondent as you develop into a rounded journalist capable of seeing the whole 'global' story
- Develop your resourcefulness and enterprise – with an ability to identify and pursue stories and to challenge, test and critique evidence, while adhering to ethical codes of conduct
- Gain first-hand knowledge, by visiting national and/or international news organisations such as Reuters and Bloomberg, as well as UK/EU parliaments; work on the University community radio station and student newspaper or gain experience with local and regional newspapers and radio stations
- Benefit from a degree that gives you relevant transferable skills in publishing, copywriting, public relations, in-house press office positions, teaching, sports journalism, media research and digital media production, or enable you to continue to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Former MA International Journalism students have recently landed on their feet in the following locations:

- Sam and Michael are reporters on the Global Sports Desk at Reuters in London
- Mary is Policy Development Co-ordinator for the Labour Party
- Ayesha is a public relations executive for an international drinks company
- Luke is a press officer for a university
- Journalism students at the University of Bedfordshire regularly undertake work experience with the BBC

Read about the MA International Journalism course team:

Dr Paul Rowinski - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/jc/staff/paul-rowinski
Prof Jon Silverman - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/jc/staff/jon-silverman
Dr Marta Cola - http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/jc/staff/dr-marta-cola

Listen to our students talk about the Britain in Europe conference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNd5zBtIBQ0

Why choose this course?

The course has been designed to develop graduates who are able to:

- Coherent knowledge of the journalistic and cultural forms chosen for study within this programme
- Skills in critical analysis, research, and communication as well as an array of generic and creative skills.
- the ability to consider views other than their own, and exercise a degree of independent and informed critical judgement in analysis
- Learn the craft of thorough and effective journalism practice for audiences from the hyper-local to the global, and develop an internationalised approach to journalism beyond specific cultural perspectives.

Entry requirements

Additional requirements:

For international students an IELTS score of 6.

Portfolio -

Candidates for the course will be expected to produce a portfolio of journalism work. Candidates should include: a news story and a 1,000-word feature article on a given subject. Inclusion of these two pieces is the minimum requirement for portfolio submission.

Telephone or Skype interview -

Candidates will then be interviewed about how they researched and wrote the pieces in their portfolio. Staff will then assess the prospective students aptitude and suitability for the course.

Qualifications -

Candidates should have a lower second-class first degree or a postgraduate qualification such as a Postgraduate Certificate in journalism or the equivalent.

Career Management Skills

We will help you find your feet in the media industry. Alumni will share good and bad practice and help you network. Lecturers will draw on their anecdotal experience, encouraging good working practices and localising bad ones. Professionals from the industry will watch you work, advise you on improvements, give you tips on getting into the industry and guest lecture. Trips are made to international news agencies, the UK Parliament, the EU Parliament and other relevant organisations.

You will have opportunities to work on the university community radio station, RadioLab, write and edit and for the student newspaper and follow alumni in attaining work experience with local media, such as the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper group and BBC Three Counties Radio, as well as opportunities in nearby London.

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; sports journalism; media research; digital media production and academia.

Career/Further study opportunities

Typical destinations of postgraduates on the course include: work at local and international news agencies; running a youth magazine; press officers; foreign correspondents; PhD study.

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

(Student Profile)

Michael Hann - Reuters reporter

By studying the MA in International Journalism I developed a good understanding of the way news is reported across the world. I became economically and politically literate and this means I am able to decipher the correlation between the two when it comes to topics that dominate the news agenda. The skills I developed on the MA have been extremely helpful with employability. Since graduating I have gone on to work for Reuters and I regularly draw upon the knowledge I gained from the MA. For example, in my current role at Reuters I often work across different media platforms including print, online and visual.

(Student Profile)

Ayesha Hafiz - PR Executive

Through the duration of my time on the course I learned a great deal about some of the world's most influential organisations such as the IMF and World Bank which helped develop my personal understanding of finance and politics and their very significant links to every day journalism. I really enjoyed the freedom I had to research areas of my own interest whether it was through individual or group work. The class was made up of a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds which was a positive contribution towards our learning.

(Student Profile)

Samuel Holden - Reuters reporter

This course gives you the knowledge and the confidence to embrace a breadth of important and challenging subjects, and communicate these across a range of platforms to an international audience.

(Student Profile)

Mark Kirwan, student graduating October 2015

With a flexible course structure which incorporates modern-day relevant examples, the International Journalism (MA) is the ideal mixture of theoretical and practical necessary for the modern day journalist. Combine this with a critical analysis of pan-European institutes and global corporations and you achieve the level of thinking required to challenge in such a competitive industry. Give yourself the edge, be a Master of the Art, study International Journalism.


Entry Requirements

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