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International Journalism (MA)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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Conversion course

This is a conversion course. No prior knowledge or degree in the subject is required.

Why study this course

Suited to those with an international outlook, the course offers a mix of practice and theory for either aspiring journalists or midcareer practitioners to gain a perspective of journalism in different media and in different countries.

The MA International Journalism aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the international media or in related fields.

The course offers the opportunity to gain a perspective on 21st century journalism in different media and in different countries. It offers a mix of practice and theory – blending journalistic techniques and advanced academic study.

The programme offers practical journalism, but remains an academic Master’s degree.

The practical working environment within the degree aims to deepen professional knowledge and challenge understandings.

You will chose to specialise in broadcast, documentary, or multimedia journalism.

Distinctive features

The course attracts international applicants wanting to strengthen the journalistic competence in their own countries.

It provides a richness of exposure (through the multicultural nature of the student body) to comparative international media practices.

It is aimed at journalists wanting a period of reflection and study about the practice of 21st century journalism.

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Where you'll study

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

We provide a scholarly environment to help you acquire both the knowledge and skills needed to enter your chosen area of the media.

Admissions criteria

This is a conversion course. Conversion courses allow you to study a subject unrelated to your undergraduate degree or current career, and support you with a change of career path. No prior knowledge or degree in the subject is required.

Applicants will need to complete an online applications form which will then be considered by an admissions tutor.

Suitable for aspiring journalists, mid-career practitioners and graduates wishing to deepen their understanding of journalism.

Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS score of at least 7.0 (to include 6.0 in each sub-score)or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5(to include 4.0 in each sub-score) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course.

You will be asked to provide references in support of your application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.

Applications are considered throughout the year.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

The taught component of the course amounts to 120 credits and is taught across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June and combines core and elective modules.

You will submit a dissertation at the end of August. The dissertation carries 60 credits.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Information Gathering and Analysis 1MCT41420 credits
Information Gathering and Analysis 2MCT41520 credits
International News Production 2MCT45320 credits
International News Production 1MCT45820 credits
Foreign News ReportingMCT48320 credits
Dissertation ProjectMCT52260 credits
Module titleModule codeCredits
Media, Science and HealthMC356220 credits
In the Editor's ChairMCT58820 credits
Reporting Business, Finance and EconomicsMCT58920 credits
Citizen Media: Digital StorytellingMCT59020 credits
Communicating CausesMCT59120 credits
EMERGING JOURNALISMMCT59220 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a variety of practical workshops which replicate an industry environment as well as a series of lectures and seminars which complement the academic nature of the course.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a wide range of formative and summative classroom activities, essays and practical assessments throughout the course.

How will I be supported?

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor, for help and support with academic and pastoral needs, who is available when needed to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance.

You will be supported by the Student Support services in the school and through wider university resources.

You will have regular tutorials with programme directors/personal tutors as well as the opportunity to meet with module co-ordinators on request.

Feedback

Feedback is provided at each assessment point for summative assessments, formative feedback is provided in practical sessions and throughout teaching.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will develop very strong written, spoken and visual communication skills targeted to a career in international journalism but highly transferable to other areas of media and beyond.

You also gain experience of working in multicultural, multilingual global teams and will emerge with a valuable combination of research skills spanning academic method and techniques of investigative journalism.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,950None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£18,200£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Career prospects

Graduates of the MA International Journalism programme are employed in a wide and varied range of occupations including editorial positions in International Broadcast and Multimedia Journalism industries such as BBC Worldwide, CNN, NDTV, SABC, Russia Today, Al Jazeera, Reuters and Bloomberg. Graduates have also gone on to work in global marketing and publication industries as well as becoming freelance documentary producers and web content developers.  

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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