The MA in Journalism Studies takes a critical approach to journalism and its place in society. This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of the practical and theoretical approaches to journalism and the news industry.
You will deepen your knowledge of journalism and the social, political, economic and cultural contexts in which news is produced through core modules that provide foundation knowledge and optional modules that offer opportunities to explore more specialised areas of journalism studies. Both core and optional modules will prepare you for your extended report, which is an extended piece of research study.
You will be taught by academics who are leaders in the fields of news and journalism studies and you will benefit from their expertise in all aspects of the degree. The course equips you for further study to PhD level, or for a career in political or public communication.
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2:1 degree or equivalent professional qualification.
A first degree in one of the Social Sciences would provide a good grounding for study in this specialist area.
English Language Requirements: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent including 7.0 in the writing component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
Theoretical Concepts in Journalism Studies
Approaches to Journalistic Practice
Media Research Methods
Comparative Journalism Studies
Option modules, choose two option modules from:
Journalism and Culture
Journalism and Citizenship
This Masters degree will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a high level of knowledge in your particular area, which can set you apart from others in the job market. The course has a strong emphasis on research methods and training, which will have a practical application in the professional world.
Some of the key career destinations include new media organisations, as well as press and broadcast organisations with a new media component, international news agencies, government departments (e.g. publicity, education, health), advertising firms, public relations organisations, and many others.
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