The MA Journalism, Media and Communications 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: Putting Research into Practice 1, Introduction to Journalism Studies, and Politics of Global Communication.
In the second semester, there are two core modules: Mediatised Conflicts: The Politics of Conflict Reporting and Putting Research into Practice 2. In addition, students 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 MA in Journalism, Media and Communications gives students the opportunity to conduct their own original research, as it requires completion of an academic dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. Students will plan their dissertation and develop a research proposal during a first semester research retreat in rural Wales.
Individual dissertation supervisors will be allocated after this retreat. Students will also develop their research skills through the core module, Putting Research into Practice, and through regular meetings with their dissertation supervisor.
Students are required to produce written work, essays, assignments and a dissertation throughout the academic year.