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International Journalism

MA |
The International Journalism MA is a one-year professional practice course in which you will develop skills in journalism and thinking about journalism in a global context.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017

Duration

12 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,875

Non-EU

Full-time: £19,000

Application period

From August 2016

Until There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for students with a first degree looking to become journalists with an international perspective rooted in the UK’s journalistic traditions. Students with degrees in all disciplines are welcome. Law, Business, Agriculture, and Science are among the first degree subjects that are in demand by many publishers and broadcasters. Overseas applicants are especially welcome. Prospective students need excellent general knowledge based on a worldview and a thorough briefing of what is in the news each day.

Students who successfully complete this MA in International Journalism are very employable in the media.


City's President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, says this about Journalism courses at City:

"Journalism at City began as a postgraduate department in 1976 and has developed some of the most respected MA Journalism courses in the country.  Alumni include the BBC¹s Sophie Raworth and BBC Head of News James Harding, Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan, Editor of The Sun Tony  Gallagher, Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar UK, Channel 4's Ramita Navai  and Al  Jazeera's Barbara Sheera.

"Recent graduates are reporters, producers, editors and web content providers, across platforms ranging from the Financial Times and the BBC to Buzzfeed and Vice TV.  I will be inviting all former staff and alumni to join us for our 40th birthday party and to celebrate City's MA Journalism courses and their future on 9th February 2017."

Objectives

The MA in International Journalism is a keystone course at City and has built up a worldwide reputation. This course has been running since 1982 and has more than  1,000 alumni working in journalism around the world.

During the course, you will become adept at print, broadcast and online journalism in a global context by:

  • Studying news in all its forms
  • Obtaining a profound understanding of international journalism from a UK perspective
  • Practising all platforms of journalism (print, broadcast and online) Exploring theory as well as reflect on your practice

You will learn how to gather and report in various styles and modes for a range of media (print, broadcast, online). You will also explore the contemporary global domain of journalism.

The course attracts students from all over the world, who will become your future professional network. You will benefit from being in one of the world’s most significant media cities with access to thousands of international journalists and sources.

On this course you will gain from using both traditional and contemporary journalism tools, and acquire comprehensive skills,which you can take back to your own country or move on with to anywhere in the world.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • You should hold an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • You must be able to demonstrate a hunger to be a journalist through relevant work experience. This may be paid work, an internship, student journalism in an academic institution, freelance work, or a combination of these.

Other suitable qualifications

As well as new graduates, we also welcome mature applicants with substantial work experience in the industry.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you must get a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS English language test, including at least 7.0 in the writing component of the test.
  • The components of an IELTS test are writing, speaking, reading and understanding English.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 are now open.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London,
Northampton Square,
London,
EC1V 0HB.

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

Once applications are open, please follow the instructions below carefully:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure required documents are submitted to City on your behalf.
  • All supporting documents (degree transcripts, samples of journalistic writing etc.) must be translated into English.
  • Degree transcripts must be officially translated by a certified translator.

Application material

To apply for the course, please submit the following:

1. One application form

2. A copy of your degree transcript - We can accept either a good quality scanned copy of your degree transcript or an original. If you are an overseas student and will be applying for a student visa, please retain your original degree transcript and email City a good quality scan instead. This is because you will need to supply the original to the UK Border Agency as part of your student visa application at a later stage.

If you have not completed your degree please indicate your expected date of graduation in the 'Higher Education' section of the application form. You can submit an application without your degree transcript.

3. Details of your work experience in journalism - It is highly desirable that you have some relevant work experience. Please include details of any completed or planned work experience in your personal statement. Please also provide a copy of your CV and/or  application form

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Return address

Please return your supporting documents, marked "MA International Journalism" to: Department of Journalism, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.

Application response time

You should expect to receive a written response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.

1st
in London for Journalism (Guardian University Guide 2017).
92.6%
of graduates in employment six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
22
nationalities were represented in the class of 2015.

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

More about funding

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


The following organisations have supported students in the Department of Journalism in the past. This is not a guarantee of future sponsorship, and you are advised to check the websites of these organisations for details of future bursary and scholarship schemes.

Academic view

Professor Michael Bromley talks about City's MA International Journalism degree course.

Placements

Work placements are an integral part of all MA Journalism courses, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry.

They are also a way you can build up evidence of what you can do to a potential employer (cuttings, video and audio clips).

You are encouraged to undertake work experience during the breaks in the terms.

Academic facilities

A broadcast from City's journalism television recording studio

You will gain practical skills in our state-of-the-art digital television studio, digital editing suites, radio studios and broadcast newsrooms.

In 2014 we completed a £12m development projects for our Journalism facilities. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include:

  • A television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • Four radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • Two radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • Two digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • Two TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

Find out how to apply

Teaching and learning

The International Journalism MA is a professional/practice course with an emphasis on developing practical skills in journalism. The teaching staff are all professional journalists in print, broadcast or online. We focus on "learning by doing" - you cover real stories and produce newspapers, run a radio station, broadcast on the internet, and produce television news programmes and multimedia websites.

During the course, you have opportunities to meet, listen to and question journalists and other people from the media. You are encouraged to reflect on your own experiences as journalists and the ways in which practicing journalists do their jobs by developing an understanding of ethical issues in journalism, the media and international reporting.

You will be treated as a professional journalist throughout the practice-based elements of the course. Learning is intensive and at times teaching hours will resemble those of a full-time job.

Some modules are taught in lecture theatres, such as Global Journalism and Society and Ethics, Rules and Standards, but most are small-group workshops that allow you to develop your journalistic skills and knowledge with the support of our expert academics.

Industry visitors

The MA International Journalism course prides itself on its close connections with journalism practitioners. Here are some of the high-level industry figures who have contributed to the course in recent years:

  • David Schlesinger, Global Managing Editor, Reuters
  • Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News
  • Phil Harding, Director English Networks & News, BBC World Service (as External Examiner)
  • Yosri Fouda, London bureau chief and host "Top Secret", Al Jazeera
  • Salim Amin, ceo A-24 African network and head Camera Pix
  • Mark Brayne, Director, Dart Europe
  • Waleed Ibrahim, Reuters Iraq Bureau
  • Tim Lambon, Deputy Foreign Editor, Channel 4 News
  • Gavin McFaydean, Director, Centre of Investigative Journalism
  • David Leigh, Investigations Editor, The Guardian
  • Sandy McIntyre, head of APTN.

Assessment

Assessment is part of learning, and course assessments vary to reflect the learning being
achieved. They include workshop exercises, studio work, oral presentations, essays, reflections
and production (making journalism products), and different forms (written, oral, visual, aural), as
well as being individual and team-based.

Modules

All students on the International Journalism MA take modules in storytelling and online journalism before specialising in either print, broadcast or online journalism. This choice informs your studies for the rest of the course through to the completion of a final project.

There is a dissertation option for students who prefer a more academic route through the course.

You are encouraged to complete an internship, either in the UK or overseas. This must be arranged by you.

Core modules

  • Global Journalism (15 credits)
  • Journalistic Storytelling (15 credits)
  • International News (15 credits)
  • Production (30 credits)
  • International Online Journalism (15 credits)
  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits).

Elective modules

Core electives:
  • Final project (30 credits)
  • Dissertation project (30 credits)
  • Specialism Journalism Elective (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits).

Electives:

  • Print Journalism (15 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism (15 credits).
  • Broadcast Journalist
    The fact that the Masters was a one-year intensive course that allowed me to do so many different work experiences really drew me to it.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer International Journalism working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer MAIJ working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Reader working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Career prospects

92.6 per cent of graduates from this course are in employment six months after completing the course (95 per cent in work or further study) (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15). Graduates work in both global and national media and in allied occupations around the world.

Most recently, these have included roles from researchers to editors in broadcasting such as:

  • BBC Radio and TV (including BBC World Service)
  • ITN
  • Channel 4
  • Al Jazeera
  • Deutsche Welle
  • CNN
  • France24
  • Bloomberg,
  • Sky News
  • Fox News
  • NHK (Japan)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Associated Press
  • Dow Jones

and major newspapers and magazines including:

  • The New York Times
  • Financial Times
  • The Hindu
  • Politiken
  • GQ
  • Fairfax Media (New Zealand)

In the heart of London’s huge and diverse media district,students have unrivalled access to industry internships and contacts.

95% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. However, applications will close when the course is full, so you are encouraged to apply early.


Applications for 2017 are now open.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Programmes Office:

Postgraduate and Research Enquiries,
School of Arts and Social Sciences,
City, University of London,
Northampton Square,
London,
EC1V 0HB.

Tel.: +44 (0)20 7040 0249 or +44 (0)20 7040 3721
Email: SASS-enquiries@city.ac.uk

Once applications are open, please follow the instructions below carefully:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure required documents are submitted to City on your behalf.
  • All supporting documents (degree transcripts, samples of journalistic writing etc.) must be translated into English.
  • Degree transcripts must be officially translated by a certified translator.

Application material

To apply for the course, please submit the following:

1. One application form

2. A copy of your degree transcript - We can accept either a good quality scanned copy of your degree transcript or an original. If you are an overseas student and will be applying for a student visa, please retain your original degree transcript and email City a good quality scan instead. This is because you will need to supply the original to the UK Border Agency as part of your student visa application at a later stage.

If you have not completed your degree please indicate your expected date of graduation in the 'Higher Education' section of the application form. You can submit an application without your degree transcript.

3. Details of your work experience in journalism - It is highly desirable that you have some relevant work experience. Please include details of any completed or planned work experience in your personal statement. Please also provide a copy of your CV and/or  application form

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

Return address

Please return your supporting documents, marked "MA International Journalism" to: Department of Journalism, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB, UK.

Application response time

You should expect to receive a written response to your application within six weeks of your application being assessed. Your application will only be assessed by the course director when it is complete with all the requested application materials listed above.

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