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    1. 2020
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MA International Journalism

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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 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

12 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £10,400

Non-EU

Full-time: £20,810

Application period

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

Campus

Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The course is suitable for students with a good first degree, and a strong interest in international news and the way it is reported. The course combines a strong emphasis on practice with rigorous academic discussion of current trends in global journalism.

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

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.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

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 and no less than 6.5 in any other component.
  • The components of an IELTS test are writing, speaking, reading and understanding English.
English language programmes

Don't meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2020 are now open.

MA International Journalism

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.

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

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).
95%
of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course (DLHE 2014-15).
22
nationalities were represented in the class of 2015.
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Funding

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

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)

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.

Chevening Award, a scholarship of Foreign Office, is a great opportunity for foreign students, young leaders of their countries. Without it I would be able to study at City. My scholarship covers my tuition fee, accommodation, flight and visa. The application process was not very difficult, but demanding. Thousands of people all over Ukraine applied for it and I am happy to be among the 14 lucky Ukrainians!

Kateryna –International Journalism


Placements

We actively encourage all our journalism student to undertake work placements during their studies with us. Many of our students are very pro-active and opt to undertake a placement. Placements are an essential step in developing their career in journalism as they help students put their learning into practice and make contacts in the industry.

Work placements are not formally assessed or arranged as part of the MA Programme but your personal tutor can advise you in suitable organisations to approach that may suit your chosen specialisms.

In 2019 placements included:

  • CNN
  • Al Jazeera
  • Middle East Eye
  • Reuters
  • Financial Times
  • The Times
  • The Independent
  • Daily Mail
  • AP
  • Agence France Press
  • The i newspaper
  • The Scottish Herald.

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.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

Learn a language for free

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

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

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.

Visiting lecturers

For details of the expert academics who teach on this course see the Academic Profiles below. In addition you will also be taught by a team of visiting lecturers.

In 2019/20 the experts listed below taught on this course, but may be subject to change in future years.

Ray Alexander was a reporter on UK newspapers and at the BBC and ITV. Before joining City he was Lead Trainer in broadcasting at the BBC in the UK and also went to 16 countries training journalists as well as sport professionals moving into broadcasting as reporters/commentators.

Julie Hadwin began her career with the BBC as a broadcast journalist - working in news and current affairs as a TV producer/director and programme editor. She also helped to establish and run an independent production company making series and documentaries for Channel 4 and the BBC, before returning to the BBC as Head of Journalism Training. She now combines media skills consultancy with her work at City.

Alex Wood is Europe Editor at Forbes. Previously he founded The Memo, which was acquired by Forbes Media in February 2018. Alex is a leading voice on technology and regular contributor to BBC News, Sky, CNN and CNBC.

Ben Falk

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:

  • John Simpson, English foreign correspondent and world affairs editor, BBC
  • Dorothy Byrnes, Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs
  • Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News
  • Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent
  • Chris Elliott, Former Guardian Readers Editor and Director of Ethical Journalism Network.
  • Juliana Rufus, Senior Presenter and Producer at Al Jazeera English
  • Salim Amin, Chairman of Camerapix and co-founder and former Chairman of Africa24 Media.
  • Rima Maktabi, Award winning journalist, Al Arabiya London Bureau Chief.
  • Phil Harding, Award-winning producer, former editor and senior executive at the BBC
  • Safa Ahmad, Award winning journalist and film maker, BBC World Service.
  • Birce Bora, Opinion editor, Al Jazeera English website.

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

You will 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 if you 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 (30 credits)
  • International News (15 credits)
  • Production (30 credits)
  • Ethics, Rules and Standards (30 credits).

Elective modules

Core electives:

  • Final project (30 credits)
  • Dissertation project (30 credits)
  • Print Journalism (15 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (45 credits)

Electives:

  • Specialism journalism elective (15 credits)

Specialism journalism elective modules

In 2019-20 there were 11 specialisms on offer to MA students from the International, Magazine, and Newspaper pathways. They consist of eight, three-hour sessions.

To ensure they are taught in small groups there is cap on the maximum number in each specialism. Students are asked to list three choices. The vast bulk of students get their first choice, and everyone gets one of their three choices.

These specialisms all ran in 2020, but this does not guarantee they will all be available in 2021. The tutors may also vary.

Arts and Culture

This course will deal with intelligent arts journalism in a serious but non-stuffy way. We’ll be tackling pitching, reviewing, interviewing, profiling and commentary in the fields of cinema, theatre, music (pop and classical), books and contemporary cultural issues.

Tutor: Mia Aimaro Ogden works on the arts and leisure desk of The Sunday Times.

Finance and Business

Learn how to turn complicated financial concepts into clear, informative news stories that people want to read. Confidence in knowing how to cover business/financial/economic news gives you a useful skill to offer and can be an advantage in getting a job in journalism.

Tutor: Camila Reed is a highly experienced multi-media journalist and editor specialising in financial markets, commodities and energy.

Health, Science and the Environment

Thanks to rapid technological advances and the challenges presented by climate change, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, there has arguably never been a better time for stories about health, science and the environment.

This module will teach you how to conduct interviews, pitch stories and freelance for newspapers and magazines.

Tutor: Mark Hongisbaum. A writer and journalist specialising in the history and science of infectious disease, Mark is the former Chief Reporter of The Observer.

Humanitarian Reporting

Topics examined include disaster relief, climate change, the safeguarding of human rights, asylum/immigration issues and tax justice. Recent speakers have included one of the UKs foremost experts on the tax dodging of multinational organisations.

Tutor: John Davison worked for 20 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist, including 10 years on The Sunday Times.

Investigative Reporting

We will consider how to use the overload of information available on the internet alongside more traditional techniques of developing and maintaining contacts, interviewing sources and analysing documents to develop original, ground breaking stories. Previous trips have included visits to Buzzfeed and The Guardian

Tutor: Jason Lewis is an awarding winning investigative reporter with over 20 years experience working on leading UK publications.

Lifestyle

This specialism helps students to develop the specific skill sets and mindset necessary to shine in this broad, fun and exciting form of journalism. It highlights the influence of the creative and design industries and explores a wide range of subject matter, including food, travel, fashion, well-being and technology.

Tutor: Roger Tredre spent four years at The Independent and five years at The Observer doing lifestyle journalism.

Political Reporting

The course is intended to be a highly practical examination of the way political reporters cover the UK political scene, with an emphasis on Westminster but also with reference to the European parliament and Commission, and local government. The course will feature a visit to The Commons and The Lords.

Tutor:  Barney Jones started a new award winning political programme in the 1990's, Breakfast with Frost, then launched another Sunday political programme The Andrew Marr Show which still sets the political agenda each week.

Popular Culture

Style and writing are at the heart of the course. The first half of the course focuses on how to interview subjects. In the second part, the emphasis shifts to feature writing, reviewing, imaginative approaches for bringing ideas to the page and investigative reporting.

Tutor: David Roper, writer, broadcaster and Managing Director of Heavy Entertainment, an independent production company.

Reporting the Middle East

This module aims to introduce and explore issues in and around the Middle East. It will focus on the contemporary Middle East and on the various ways of thinking about, analysing and reporting on that region.

Tutor: Dr Zahera Harb is a senior lecturer on the MA International Journalism programme.

Security and Crime

This course covers how to report on UK based terrorism and crime. This is an extremely practical specialism. It includes how to make contacts; responding to a breaking story; and getting exclusives. Previous visits include trips to the National Crime Agency headquarters (Britain’s “FBI”), and the Old Bailey court.

Tutor: Jason Bennetto was the crime correspondent with special responsibility for security reporting at The Independent for 13 years.

Sport

The specialism will cover the key elements of sports journalism: live events, interviews, press conferences, features and news reporting. You will learn about how to work with the pack, how to work with the desk, how to draw information from an athlete.

Tutor: Glenn Moore is a freelance journalist whose current roles include covering the Premier League for the Sunday Times and presenting a podcast for Sport England.

Journalism Innovation (alternative option to a specialism)

The aim of Journalism Innovation is to develop creative, flexible and innovative journalists who can bring fresh thinking to a media organisation; create dynamic content for a start-up media enterprise; or launch their own journalistic website or other product.

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

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)
  • The Times
  • Forbes Europe
  • Tortoise.

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

International Journalism MA Alumni

Our graduates include:

  • Eleonora Chiarella - Deputy Foreign News Editor at Sky News
  • Cecelia Armstrong - Associate Producer, Amanpour at CNN International
  • Gabriela Boccaccio - News Media co-ordinator for BBC world Service
  • Pierre-Antoine Denis - Broadcast journalist, Football commentator, TV Presenter, for BBC News Afrique
  • Haley Thomas - Journalist, Producer, BBC News, BBC North America
  • Sara Monetta - Europe Producer for BBC Scotland
  • Sarah Elizabeth Williams - Middle East freelance correspondent for The Telegraph and the Times covering Jordan Iraq and Syria
  • Amy O'Brien - Video Journalist at Guardian News and Media
  • James Rybacki - Journalist, Producer at Agence France Press (AFP)
  • Sophie Penney - Women’s Football reporter at the Telegraph
  • Beatrice Guzzardi - Assistant News Editor and Producer at the Associated Press
  • Greta Ruffino - Production Assistant at CNNMoney Switzerland
  • Tamar Chikviladze - Executive Producer at Mtavari Arkhi, Tiblisi, Georgia
  • Gaia Caramazza - Multi Media Journalist at the New Arab newspaper, London
  • David Child - Assistant Producer at Al Jazeera English.
90% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline


Applications for 2020 are now open.

MA International Journalism

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.

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

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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