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MA International Journalism

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.

The degree is also available to study part-time over 24 months. The part-time MA may be of special interest to those who are working in related fields as part of their career development.

Specialist Facilities

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.

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

Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social sciences or humanities subject. Applications based on degrees in other subject areas will be considered on an individual basis by the programme leader. Relevant professional experience will also be considered. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Please contact us for more information.

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