The MA International Journalism is taught across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June. In the first semester, students take three core modules: Information Gathering and Analysis I, International News Production I and Foreign News Reporting.
In the second semester, there are two core modules: Information Gathering and Analysis II and International News Production II and the chance to choose two optional modules from a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. Students are then required to submit a dissertation of between 15 and 20,000 words by the end of August.
The required dissertation of between 15 - 20,000 words may take the form of a scholarly assessment of a topic in international journalism. Alternatively, a student may, at comparable length, offer a journalistic treatment of a topic within an academic framework. The student may provide the journalism component in text or in selected instances, in documentary format.
Students plan the dissertation and develop a research proposal during a first-semester research retreat in rural Wales. Individual dissertation supervisors are allocated after this retreat. Research skills are developed through the core modules and through regular meetings with a dissertation supervisor.
Students are required to produce written work, journalistic assignments and a dissertation throughout the academic year.
Those teaching this course bring to bear a wide range of practical and scholarly knowledge. This course is taught by people with experience in journalistic detective work, as well as by scholars familiar with contemporary research methods.