Our International Multimedia and Journalism MA is suitable for new graduates and experienced journalists. You don't need a media background to join this course.
This journalism master's provides an international context. It is suitable for students from across the globe.
You'll have the opportunity to learn alongside and collaborate with professional journalists. We work with a range of organisations to support high-quality journalism. Experts and innovators in journalism provide a series of challenging:
- guest lectures
You'll explore advances in journalism. You'll experiment and develop new ways to do journalism.
You can take part in projects to expand your knowledge and skills. Such projects include our Civic Journalism Lab collaboration with the BBC.
The course covers key areas of knowledge and professional practice which reflect the way journalists work today. However, journalism’s role in society, how we do journalism, and careers in journalism is constantly transforming. This master's in journalism is a ‘laboratory of inquiry’. It will prepare you to negotiate these changes through your career in journalism or the wider fields of professional communication.
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Many high-performing students from China have applied for this postgraduate course. We aim to select a diverse international student cohort. We are suspending applications from mainland China to this course.
This will be with effect from 23.59 GMT 20 January 2021. All applications received before this deadline will be considered.
What you'll learn
Through creative projects, you'll learn how to produce exciting journalism. Your journalism will communicate with and represent people regionally, nationally and globally.
In both digital-first and multiplatform contexts, you'll:
- produce and examine civic and socially minded journalism that affects real change
- consider ways to diversify and develop income
- learn to build digital brands and creative editorial strategies
In Semester 1, you focus on skills and understanding of media contexts. Through a series of creative projects, you learn how to gather, produce and disseminate journalism. You'll use text, visual and audio web-based technologies.
You'll also develop an analytical framework to support strategic decisions. This will ensure your work is legally and ethically sound.
Semester 2 focuses on creativity and individuality. You'll decide on the knowledge, topics and production skills you want to develop further. You consider how to:
- produce ‘self-branded’ journalistic content
- effectively analyse and communicate data
- produce digital features
In Semester 3, you'll complete the International Multimedia Journalism Final Project.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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- Multimedia Journalism 1: Newsgathering, Production and Dissemination
- Multimedia Journalism 2: Global Innovation
- Media Analysis
- International Media and Law (Semester1)
- International Multimedia Journalism Final Project
You take a further 20-credit optional module relating to practice from the following:
- Freelancing in Media and Communications
- Professional Subediting and Design
- Digital Mobile Photojournalism
You also take a further 20-credit optional module relating to theoretical understanding from the following:
- Journalism and Celebrity
- Feminist Media Studies: Gender and Intersectionality
- Cultures of Data Visualisation
- News & Journalism
- Digital Communication for Cultural Institutions and Organisations
- Digital Power, Politics and Communication
How you'll learn
The one-year course is divided into three semesters. You'll have assignments to complete and submit during the intervening weeks.
We adopt a student-centred policy in learning and teaching. You'll complete a combination of compulsory and optional modules through:
- practical workshops
Depending on your module choice, you'll study three or four modules per semester. You'll work independently and collaboratively to:
- read widely
- take part in discussions
- develop topics for investigation with advice from tutors
- develop projects and presentations
- lead seminars
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Case study
- Design or creative project
- Oral presentation
- Reflective log
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
The International Multimedia Journalism Final Project develops advanced newsroom practice. You'll create a publicly facing journalistic brand. You'll produce video, audio and written content for print, web and social media. You'll learn how to re-purpose your journalism for different platforms.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Whether your passion is hard news, politics, campaigning, the arts, fashion, sport - or you're still deciding – this programme will develop your:
- professional production skills
- critical understanding
- own journalistic voice
You'll learn how to research, newsgather and select the best technologies for the story at hand.
You'll work with senior journalists, who have significant experience in print and online, for titles such as:
- The Economist
- The Guardian
- The Financial Times
- The Times
This course prepares you for a career in journalism or in the wider fields of professional communication.
You'll be offered the opportunity to work with professional journalists to put together a CV and a portfolio of work, to act as a ‘calling card’ for industry.
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Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
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Throughout your master's in journalism, you'll have access to a range of specialist facilities available through Culture Lab. These include:
- voice recorders
- audio and video-editing software
- a computer-editing suite with Adobe CS6
- mobile studio equipment and editing suites are in development
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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