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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA International Journalism

Programme code:MA-COMM/IJUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Yuan Zeng Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

First degree BA Honours, Upper Second or equivalent in any subject. Applicants whose first language is not English will be rewuired to provide evidence of their English languate proficiency. Recognized tests are IELTS with a required overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or TOEFL equivalnet score.

Relevant professional exerience will also be taken into account.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Media and Communication

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Media and Communication

Programme specification:

This programme offers a thorough grounding in journalism studies and introduces debates in the field. It covers a range of topics including the impact of digital technologies on journalism practice and the relationship between journalism and politics. You'll be introduced to the practice of research, undertaking an independent research project. You will also have the opportunity to choose optional modules from across the School. The course is designed to cater for international students who wish to study journalism at MA level, perhaps for the first time, and graduates who have a background in journalism.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

COMM5600MDissertation and Research Methods60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
COMM5645MJournalism Theory and Research30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5655MJournalism Practice and Policy30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 0 - 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5193MHumanity, Animality and Globality30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5140MMedia and Communication Theory30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5200MCommunication and International Affairs30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5235MPromotional Media, Culture and Society30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5250MFeminism, Identity and Media30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5260MUnderstanding the Audience30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5540MThe Reporting of Politics30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5615MKeywords in Political Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5705MIdentity and Culture30 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM5710MThe Media Industries30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5835MThe Literature of Crisis: Politics and Gender in 1790s Britain30 creditsNot running in 202425
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking15 credits 
MODL5028MInternational Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5214MCreativity and Innovation Management30 creditsNot running in 202425
PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5320MTheorising Gender30 creditsNot running in 202425
SLSP5355MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsNot running in 202425

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following optional modules:

ARTF5009MMaking Sense of Sound30 creditsNot running in 202425
ARTF5032MMovies, Migrants and Diasporas30 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM5005MContemporary Debates in Media and Communication30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
COMM5160MCritical Studies in Visual Communication30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5550MPopular Music and Society30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5630MCommunication and Public Opinion30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
COMM5695MCommunication and Development30 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM5796MClimate Communication30 creditsNot running in 202425
COMM5866MGlobal migration, ‘race’ and media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsNot running in 202425
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsNot running in 202425
MODL5016MManaging Business Across Cultures15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MODL5050MWriting for Professional Purposes15 credits 
PECI5216MArts and Activism30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5218MCultural Policy and the Politics of Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PECI5409MScript Development for Film and Television30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5240MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsNot running in 202425
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsNot running in 202425
SLSP5370MReality TV: Truth or Fiction?30 creditsNot running in 202425
SLSP5380MVideogames and Society30 creditsNot running in 202425

The optional modules listed are indicative of those available. The School reserves the right to remove and introduce optional modules in line with its annual review and development of teaching.

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 0 - 30 credits of postgraduate level electives, or Discovery modules aimed at final year undergraduates. (Such modules have a 3 or a 5 as the first digit in the module code)

Candidates may study 30 credits of elective modules in either semester 1 or semester 2.

Last updated: 11/12/2023 11:40:42


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