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Who should apply?


  • Graduates interested in an advanced academic study of journalism, media and communications.
  • Students looking to undertake PhD research in this area.
  • Students interested in a career in local, regional, national and international institutions dealing with issues of media and communications (such as regulators, development organisations, NGOs, etc.).
  • Aspiring journalists, media managers, activists and advocates interested in an in-depth understanding of the broader field of media and communications.
  • Experienced journalists and other media practitioners wishing to reflect on their professional practice.
  • Students and practitioners who wish to complement their experience in other fields with a comprehensive education in media and communications.
  • The MA Journalism, Media and Communications provides a thorough understanding of the wider field of media and communications. Students analyse journalism and its practices and challenges, but they are not trained in professional journalist techniques. The course offers some practice-oriented optional modules, but for the most part it is analytical and research-based.

    The MA opens up a range of possibilities for further employment. Students who graduate from this course work in media-related institutions, in communications departments of companies and in the non-profit sector, they become journalists, or they may start an academic career.

    Students who wish to become journalists and take this course will seek practical training outside their MA studies to acquire the necessary professional skills. Students who are looking for practical skills training as part of their postgraduate degree should consider one of Cardiff’s other degrees, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and the MA International Journalism.