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Journalism (International) for Media Professionals (MA)

Course Description

This cutting-edge, distance learning course will build on your professional experience and help you break into new areas of practice, enhancing your global mobility.

This cutting-edge distance learning degree is designed to reflect current developments in the media industry worldwide.

If you’re a journalist or work in the communications and media sector, this course will help you break into new areas of practice and enhance your global mobility and career progression.

The flexible delivery of this unique course will enable you to continue to work as you study. An intensive on-campus residential week in Edinburgh is combined with distance learning and newsrooms featuring the latest technology.

This course starts in January and May each year.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MA-Journalism-International-for-Media-Professionals-Postgraduate-Distance-Learning-FullTime

What you'll learn

You’ll join a global community of media professionals reflecting on your current practice and expanding the scope of your expertise. The course will build on your professional experience and directly inform and develop your daily practice with assignments that support your individual career goals.

Tutors and mentors with substantial industry experience will support you in developing leadership attributes as well as the ability to apply advanced journalistic skills across a wide range of platforms, including television, radio, online, print and social media.

Your learning will be underpinned by modern research into global journalism and media practice. You’ll develop the ability to analyse the industry with academic rigour and appraise political, economic, regulatory and cultural influences in different global regions.

You’ll explore innovative forms of media practice and engage with a variety of approaches to developing creative leadership and entrepreneurship.

This course will also strengthen transferable skills, including problem solving, planning, team work, time management, cross-cultural interaction and use of social media.

Our online learning and teaching environment includes a global virtual newsroom and enables you to interact with tutors and fellow professionals. A wide range of e-books and e-journals give you access to current relevant academic research.

During an on-campus residential week, you’ll be able to interact with tutors and peers in person in our industry standard cross-platform newsroom and TV studio.

Edinburgh Napier University has one of the longest records for providing journalism education in the UK and has Skillset Screen and Media Academy status. This course was designed in consultation with a wide range of industry representatives and accreditation bodies.

This is a one year full-time distance learning course and is split up into three trimesters.

You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, studio and newsroom sessions and through independent study.

Subjects include

- Cross-platform Journalism and Media Practice
- Global Current Affairs across Cultures
- Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Media
- Specialist Journalism (Global Business and Finance Reporting; Investigative Journalism, Documentary Film Production; Professional Media Industry Placement)
- Professional Media Production Dissertation

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Graduates benefit from advanced personal development and career progression. Former students have become flagship reporters, editors, international correspondents and presenters on high profile programmes, magazines and newspapers.

This course also provides an ideal platform for further research, including PhD studies, and can serve as entry point to an academic career.

Visit the Journalism (International) for Media Professionals (MA) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in any discipline. We look for applicants to have relevant work experience with demonstrable interest in Journalism in order to be eligible for the programme. We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

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