Campaigning and Journalism MA

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  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Special Features
  • Employability
  • Fees
  • Entry Criteria

About the Course

Brunel’s MA in Campaigning and Journalism offers a unique combination of cutting-edge skills including journalism, investigative techniques, campaigning, advocacy, appropriate elements of ethics and law and a comprehensive theoretical framework. The programme evolved out of Brunel University’s unique, successful and accredited journalism courses that emphasise employability and generate thinking journalists with high quality vocational skills.

This MA was developed in close consultation with senior journalists and campaigners from many pressure groups, non-governmental organisations, and charities. The programme provides a rigorous foundation for careers in the media and the campaigning sector.

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Aims

This programme aims to:
  • produce graduates who have a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of campaigning and journalism, and the techniques and principles applied in practice
  • provide expertise and a learning environment to support students’ critical and practical engagement with campaigning and journalism
  • produce graduates with the skills and knowledge to enter the media and campaigning sector in an international context, and who are also equipped to undertake further postgraduate level research

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Course Director: Paul Lashmar

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Course Content

This programme will offer you a coherent, intensive and rigorous education in the practices, processes and context of campaigning and journalism. It will provide basic journalism skills but, as your studies progress, the skills base will become more specialised, focused and investigative. You will be supported in identifying your own chosen campaigns and interests and you will also undertake a work placement which will require a reflexive, critical analysis of your experience. Finally you will have the choice of completing a dissertation or major project. This will require you to produce either a portfolio of specialist reporting or to research and structure your own campaign.

The media environment is changing rapidly. The blogosphere and the ever expanding army of online commentators and citizen journalists have blurred the distinctions between journalists, campaigners and activists. New techniques of investigation and campaigning, often using international networks enabled by the internet, are changing the way pressure can be brought on pariah governments and corporations. This ground breaking programme will interrogate this emerging arena both practically and critically.

Typical Modules

  • Journalism Practice
  • Advanced Investigative Skills
  • Strategic Campaigning
  • Theory and History of NGOs and Pressure Groups
  • Major Project/Dissertation

Special Features

The only Masters degree in campaigning and journalism in the UK.

Our students gain lifelong skills in reflective thinking, and are able to synthesis critical thinking with professional practice in a way that is unique to Brunel.

A number of leading campaigning organisations have endorsed the course and offered to take our students for work placement or intern ships and to consider our graduates for employment. These include Global Witness, Reprieve, Greenpeace, and Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

Brunel is ideally situated in West London for this programme delivery. London is one of the most important bases for influential home based media, international news organisations, proactive NGO organisations and consumer groups.

Employability

The leading campaigning organisations like Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch and many others are now highly professionalised. They seek highly skilled and motivated recruits to join their teams.

Graduates might achieve employment in a wide range of organisations including investigation based NGOs, consumer rights organisations, consumer rights broadcast programmes and many other contexts, in addition to traditional and new media. The journalism subject area at Brunel enjoys very strong connections with industry, realised through guest speakers, master classes and visits to industry centres. 

Careers

The leading campaigning organisations like Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch and many others are now highly professionalised. They seek highly skilled and motivated recruits to join their teams.

Graduates might achieve employment in a wide range of organisations including investigation based NGOs, consumer rights organisations, consumer rights broadcast programmes and many other contexts, in addition to traditional and new media. The journalism subject area at Brunel enjoys very strong connections with industry, realised through guest speakers, master classes and visits to industry centres. 

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Fees for 2014/15 entry

UK: £8,280 full-time, £4,140 part-time

International students: £14,250 full-time; £7,125 part-time

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2:1 or above) or relevant practical/professional experience.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accept a range of other language courses. We also have a range of Pre-sessional English language courses, for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.

Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a range of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.

Page last updated: Wednesday 27 August 2014