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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. 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.

Professor Michael Bromley talks about the benefits of studying International Journalism

You will benefit from:

  • Our central London location. City is based in the heart of London's media district, giving you unrivalled access to contacts and internships
  • Excellent graduate prospects. Employment rates are outstanding, with 97 per cent of our 2011 graduates in employment within six months with organisations including Al Jazeera, BBC, Thomson Reuters and Sky News.
  • World-famous guest speakers. Recent visitors to the course have included Tyler Brûlé (Editor-in-Chief, Monocle), Christina Lamb (The Sunday Times, four times Foreign Correspondent of the year), Tom Standage (Digital Editor, The Economist), American photojournalist Lynsey Addario, and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (The Guardian's award-winning correspondent)
  • An international learning experience. You will share journalistic and cultural experiences with your fellow students from all over the world. (Students from 21 countries are in the class of 2014.)

City University London is now ranked first in the UK as Best Graduate University for Media and Communications Professionals according to LinkedIn rankings.

LinkedIn ranked universities based on how successful recent graduates have been at landing desirable media jobs.

Find out more about City's graduate success.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The International Journalism MA is a course designed for those with an interest in global journalism.

  • You must have a degree equivalent to an upper second class British honours degree; or, exceptionally, a minimum of seven years' work experience in journalism.
  • It is highly desirable that you have some relevant work experience in journalism. This may be paid work, an internship, student journalism at your university/college, freelance work, or a combination of these.
  • 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. (See also 'English Requirements', below)

Other Suitable Qualifications

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma in Business, Law and Social Science. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

English Requirements

If your first language is not English you are required to 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.

IELTS certificate

You may submit an application without your IELTS certificate. However, you are at an advantage if you submit an IELTS test with your application, as we may be able to offer you an unconditional place on the course (subject to you meeting our other entry requirements).

If you are yet to take the IELTS test, please indicate in the "English Language" section of the application form the date you have arranged to take the test.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Please click the links below for more information.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Full-time (10 months). You will be treated as professional journalists throughout the course of your studies and teaching hours will resemble those of a full-time job.

Course Content

All students on the International Journalism MA take modules in storytelling and online journalism before specialising in either print or broadcast journalism. There is a further option to specialise in 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.

Course Structure

Core modules:   

  • Production
  • Ethics, Rules and Standards
  • Global Journalism
  • Journalistic Storytelling
  • International News 
  • International Online Journalism
  • Final/ Dissertation project.

Elective modules:

  • Lifestyle Specialism
  • International Correspondence Specialism
  • Arts and Culture Specialism
  • Humanitarian Reporting Specialism
  • Finance and Business Specialism
  • Sports Specialism
  • Political Reporting Specialism
  • Entertainment Specialism
  • Reporting Middle East
  • Security and Crime Specialism
  • Investigative Reporting Specialism
  • Print Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

The International Journalism MA is professional/practice course with an emphasis on developing practical skills in journalism. 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.

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.

Teaching staff

Industry visitors

The International Journalism MA 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

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Recommended Reading

An introductory reading list:

  • Martin Conboy (2013) Journalism Studies: The Basics. Routledge
  • Chris Peters & Marcel Broersma (eds) (2013) Rethinking Journalism:Trust and Participation in a Transformed News Landscape. Routledge
  • David M. Ryfe (2012) Can Journalism Survive? An Inside Look at American Newsrooms. Polity
  • Mike Gandon (2013) English for International Journalists. Routledge
  • For a very basic introduction to journalism: David Ingram (2012) The News Manual: A Professional Resource for Journalists and the Media 3 vols online at


  • Full-time EU: £9,875
  • Full-time Non EU: £19,000


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

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.

  • NUJ (George Viner Memorial Fund). See the George Viner website.
  • Postgrad Solutions. Two bursaries of £500 each, open to both international and UK students. See the Postgrad Solutions website for more information.
  • British Council: Chevening awards. Usually for non-UK/EU students. See the Chevening website for further information. Please note: the deadline for 2012/3 awards has passed.
  • CBA-Chevening MA Awards. Open only to employees of Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) member organizations. Available for International Journalism MA applicants only. See the CBA website for more information. Please note: details to be announced for 2013.


Work experience is an important part of Journalism training, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and, more importantly, make contacts in the industry and enhance your employability. All students are encouraged to seek work experience while they study on this course, although this is not a requirement of the programme. This programme does not grant academic credit for any work experience undertaken.

You will have access to all the services provided by City's Career & Skills Development Service to assist you in finding work experience.

Career Prospects

Alumni network

We have been running Journalism courses at City since 1976. In the years since, over 5,000 students have graduated and are now working in the media in the UK and internationally.

Read alumni stories and see the full list of graduate destinations in the 26th issue of our alumni magazine XCity.


Graduates of the International Journalism MA work in a wide variety of organisations, including:

  • international news agencies, eg. AP, AFP, Bloomberg, Dow Jones
  • international broadcasters, eg. BBC, CNN
  • print, broadcast or online media in their home country

Many also work as freelancers or stringers.

Alumni case study

Nicole Young, who graduated from City's International Journalism course in 2002, now works as a producer for CBS News. In this video, she talks about researching for a documentary on homeless families for 60 Minutes:

Watch other documentaries co-produced by Nicole:

You can apply online using the below link. Please follow the instructions below carefully:

  • It is your responsibility to ensure required documents are submitted to the University on your behalf
  • All supporting documents (degree transcripts, samples of journalistic writing etc.) must be translated into English.
  • Please note: 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 the University 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.

4.    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.

Application form

The first round of applications will be reviewed in January 2016 and will then be reviewed on an on-going basis throughout Spring.

Return address

Please return your supporting documents, marked "MA International Journalism" to: Graduate School of Journalism, City University 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.