International Journalism MA
About the course
Do you want to report the news from the most interesting and important parts of the world? Are you committed to a career in journalism but need the professional skills?
From the moment you start our International Journalism MA course you will learn to deliver high quality video, audio, online and print journalism.
The International Journalism MA is designed to provide our students with digital multiplatform journalism skills and advanced understanding of the context of journalism in the fast changing world of news media. This is a challenging, employment orientated course in a major London university focussed on international reporting.
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We believe the sooner you get practical experience of a real journalism workplace the sooner you will be ready to join the industry. All our students find placements in the news industry while they are with us. The course features a synthesis of practical and theoretical skills contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change.
If you want to get a sense of what we do please visit our public facing website Journalism@Brunel which includes examples of student work, staff publications, our guest speaker roster and our discussions over topical journalism issues.
As a research university we are able to offer small course groups so we provide a bespoke service where we know and advise each student individually in their skills and journalism career. We choose students from all over the world.
(For UK and EU applicants who specifically want to start in the UK news industry we recommend our MA Journalism course - UK Industry Accredited).
This course is suitable for:
- A recent or mature graduate from a wide range of degree disciplines wanting a career in journalism or to develop a research interest in international news media.
- A mature student without a first degree, but with some relevant professional experience. We consider each individual on their merits.
See 'Eight Reasons to take the MA International Journalism' under Special Features tab.
- You will acquire the skills and knowledge to immediately enter the journalism industry in an international context, and will be equipped to undertake further postgraduate level research.
- You will gain comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the advanced academic study of international journalism, and the techniques and principles applied in practice.
- You will be provided with the relevant expertise and learning environment to support your critical and practical engagement with issues at the heart of analysing and practising international journalism.
- Journalism@Brunel employment rates are excellent, with graduates working for news organisations like BBC World Service, Norway’s DTK TV News, Italy’s Il Mattino and London’s China Weekly.
This strongly vocational programme is distinctive in allowing students to develop their own journalistic practice at the same time as learning about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues on different forms of global journalism.
Particular attention will be paid to the global versus the local, which will be examined through practical assignments as well as media ownership, the legal context, issues pertaining to journalistic ethics, and the role of journalism in the international political process.
The programme builds on the success of the School of Arts' postgraduate provision by providing a broad-based programme, within a credit framework, offering you the opportunity for specialisation. It consists of a common core of study in journalism, with an offer of specialist study in print/online or broadcast journalism, which will facilitate student entry into different aspects of the industry.
This is particularly relevant in the context of a converging media industry requiring multi-skilling and the ability to adapt to new media environments.
The programme will be delivered by a combination of academics based at Brunel (who also have considerable journalistic experience) and visiting journalists and legal experts working in key positions within the media industries.
You will greatly benefit from the College's excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, and will be offered the opportunity for work placement.
The MA consists of compulsory modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
- Journalistic Practice 2
- International Institutions
- Journalism Issues
- Global News Analysis
- News and Feature Writing
- Major International Journalism Project
Journalistic Practice 2
Main topics of study: classifications of news: news values, sources and the implied reader; news writing, news language; techniques of news interviewing and video for online, digital journalism research in a new media context; introduction to layout and on-screen page make-up; image, text and design relationships in a print/online media context.
Main topics of study: the structures of the institutions within which journalism is practiced; professional ideologies of journalism; the ownership of the institutions within which journalism is practised; the political framework within which journalism operates; major UK parliamentary institutions; institutions of the EU and the EU Constitution; world organisations including the UN, NATO and G8.
Main topics of study: the impact of the global economy on journalism output; journalism and the public sphere; journalism and the political process; 'spin'; celebrity culture; journalistic ethics; the regulation of journalism; the privacy issue; two week work placement.
Global News Analysis
Main topics of study: the rise of 'global' journalism in the digital age; notions of the audience in global news targeting; comparative analyses of case study local and global versions of the same story; understanding the key differences between local and global standards of journalistic writing; applying skills and knowledge to repackaging news for different markets; using local journalism as a source to produce global journalism; repackaging global news for local audiences; ethical and legal considerations.
News and Feature Writing
This unit introduces you to the fundamental skills of news reporting and writing for print and online. The focus will be on learning-by-doing. Working intensively as a real-world journalist, you’ll gain a strong news sense, sharpen your copy, work faster and more accurately.
Full time option only:
- Term One: 11 Contact hours + 3 hours optional lecture + tutorials and guest speakers
- Term Two: 10 Contact hours + tutorials and guest speakers
The course provides for an optional data journalism course in term one.
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and what you will learn on the course.
The International Journalism MA has the following signature characteristics:
- multi-skilling in journalism technology
- an emphasis on writing for global journalism
- specialist activity for informed career choice
- journalism practice contextualised within a framework of technological, legal, political and broader cultural change
- work placement, with experience of real-world journalism, supported by strong Brunel/industry links
- international news agenda where students from all over the globe share their journalism and cultural experiences.
8 Reasons to study International Journalism MA
You will be a multi-platform journalist
From the moment you start our course you will learn to deliver high quality video, audio, online and print journalism in our fantastic, 24-hour, state-of-the-art digital newsroom and studios. You will develop the mind-set to find lots of ways to report and present a story or feature to deadline using the very latest techniques. We push you hard and help you develop your personal, professional and intellectual skills. Our course is transformative.
You will be highly employable
Editors come to us when recruiting journalists. Brunel Journalists are now working as staff in top newsrooms across the globe, including the BBC, Norway’s NDK, The Guardian, The Independent, news agencies, glossy consumer magazines, business-to-business journals, websites, local and regional press and broadcasting. Several are now award winning journalists.
You will receive individual attention
As a research university our course groups are small and we can provide individual tutoring. All full-time lecturers are available at least four hours per week for personal consultation on academic issues. A structure of senior tutor and year tutors provides students with an easily accessible system for addressing queries about the programme. Each student has access to top journalists for career guidance.
We have top weekly guest speakers
Journalism@Brunel features an impressive record of top level guest speakers from the news industry. This year we have speakers from Cosmopolitan, the Guardian, the Independent, BBC, Sky, Daily Express, C4 News and more.
Great work placements
Brunel journalists land all the best placements, gain enviable referees and see their bylines in leading publications. We have one of the best university Professional Development Centres in the UK who coach our students not only in CV and application writing but also help them develop the necessary skills to exceed at job interviews. We have great contacts with local media including Trinity Mirror newspapers which provides for very easy work experience.
You are taught by top industry names
Our staff team and visiting lecturers comprise some of the biggest names in the business, such as leading investigative journalist Paul Lashmar (World in Action, The Observer, The Independent), Jacquie Hughes (Granada, BBC) and many more. You get the very best expertise preparing you for your career.
London-based campus environment
Brunel’s campus is a lively and attractive environment that buzzes with creativity and diversity, and is within easy reach of Central London. There is always something going on and a wide variety of amenities ranging from the bars and cafés to the computing clusters and the Library.
Journalism@Brunel visits to some of London’s major news organisations. Recent visits have included Sky News, Bloomberg and The Guardian.
There’s great student media on site
But it’s not all hard work…
Whether you fancy going on air, online or in print, you can do it here at Brunel. There’s student radio, a student newspaper and a host of online opportunities at your fingertips to enhance your CV and boost your employability. You will also have the opportunity to compete in national student media awards.
There are industry trips, days out, screenings, quizzes, networking events to build your contacts, confidence and just to have fun.
Teaching and Assessment
Assessments will take the form of practical projects and tasks, essays, exams, case studies, presentations, reflexive reports and dissertations.
Assessing students’ knowledge and understanding of theoretical debates, hermeneutic skills and understanding of the historical and institutional context of different international journalism practices will be undertaken via written essays.
The assessments covering these cognitive skills are practical exercises, written work and productions which test the acquisition of practical skills and strategies; essays which test theoretical and historical knowledge; and the final journalism project (and accompanying written analysis) which requires a summation of the critical, creative and practical skills learned during the programme.
The Major Project will test students’ theoretical knowledge and practical skills (with supporting reflexive practice) to A-Level commensurate with a Master's qualification. Dissertations are usually agreed in advance with the supervising tutor.
Graduates from the International Journalism MA will be able to consider future careers as:
- Reporters for international news agencies
- War and foreign correspondents
- Online journalists
- Magazine journalists
- Investigative journalists
- Content producers for mobile platforms
- Communication officer in non-government and private sector organisations
- Further research in academia (e.g. MPhil/PhD).
The programme will appeal to a broad range of candidates with an interest in journalism across all sectors, including print journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, TV journalism and especially in areas of convergence.
Our particular appeal will be to students looking for advanced skills for global journalism. Our skill base will enable you to be an effective journalist in any international setting.
The programme will also cater for students hoping to enter other sectors as media skills play a major part in public relations, marketing, advertising plus non-governmental organisations and the public sector.
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 2016/17 entry
Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
- A UK first or second class (2:1) Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification and evidence of a commitment to journalism as a career such as student journalism or work experience. Candidates with other qualifications will be considered with substantial prior journalism experience and assessed on an individual basis.
- To demonstrate that commitment we would like applicants to provide a statement demonstrating commitment to journalism (including previous experience) and a 200 word article based on an interview with someone interesting from your local area.
- Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have 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 number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.