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International Journalism (MA)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Full time

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

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Why study this course

International Journalism 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.

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.

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All-new facilities

Our new studios and newsrooms use industry standard equipment and software - ensuring you’re fully prepared for your first day in work.

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Never miss an interview

You’ll be connected to the entire city with Cardiff’s main train station Cardiff Central just 100 metres away.

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Join the press pack

Our city centre location means you’re next to Cardiff’s local and national media companies such as the BBC and Wales Online.

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A global viewpoint

Your fellow students, from a range of national and cultural backgrounds, will provide a richness of exposure to comparative media practices.

Our 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.

While the programme offers practical journalism it remains an academic Master’s degree. The practical working environment within the degree aims to deepen professional knowledge and challenge understandings.

You’ll choose to specialise in broadcast, documentary, or multimedia journalism.

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.

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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.

Academic requirements

Typically you will need to have either:

  • a 2:2 honours degree in any subject
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification 
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by references and/or professional qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0 with 6.0 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent. 

Other essential requirements

You will also need to provide:

  • one academic reference
  • a personal statement which covers the following:
    • Tell us about your interest in journalism and your motivation for studying this programme. If you also have previous experience, please include details (this could be in a professional, voluntary, or hobby capacity). Please note, however, that experience is not required to study this programme. (200 words)
    • What do you want to achieve in the world of journalism? (100 words)
    • Why do you want to study at Cardiff University? (100 words)

Application deadline 

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible. 

Selection process 

We will review your application and if you meet the academic and English language requirements, your personal statement will be scored. If your scored application meets the minimum threshold, we will make you an offer.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student 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 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

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

Students from the UK

Tuition fee (2021/22)Deposit
£9,950None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals starting in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees for 2021/22 will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Students from the rest of the world (international)

Tuition fee (2021/22)Deposit
£18,200£1,000

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

Financial support

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.

Additional costs

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.

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 Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.

Alumni Discount Scheme

The alumni discount is available for all master’s programmes in Cardiff Business School, as well as conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing, and master's programmes in clinical optometry, neuroimaging, education, global cultures, history, philosophy and translation.

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