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International Journalism MA

Course code

P500PINTJOUR

Start date

September

Subject area

Journalism

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,100

International £16,850

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

Do you want to report on news from the most interesting and important parts of the world? Are you committed to a career in journalism but need the professional skills? If so, this one-year journalism postgraduate course provides excellent preparation for working across all platforms.

From the moment you start Brunel’s International Journalism degree, you will learn to deliver high-quality video, audio, online and print journalism geared towards global audiences.

Course content is designed to equip you with digital, multi-platform journalism skills and advanced understanding of the context of journalism in the fast-changing world of news media.

You will study a synthesis of practical and theoretical skills modules contextualising different forms of journalistic practice, within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. This is challenging, employment-orientated study on a leading journalism course at a London university that focusses on international reporting.

You benefit greatly from our academic’s research strengths and excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, with the option to seek a work placement during your time on the course.

Additionally, alumni and industry guest speakers will bring further insight and inspiration about what it means to work within global media.  

You will also get plenty of hands-on training and practice in the University’s well-equipped media suite that mimics the recording and broadcast facilities used within the industry.

International Journalism MA 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.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This strongly vocational programme will allow you to develop your journalistic skills as you learn 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.

When you graduate you’ll be equipped to enter a variety of roles within international and national journalism, or ready to undertake a PhD.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

As a graduate of International Journalism MA your skills will be well suited to a variety of roles within journalism, particularly those with an international context, such 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

International Journalism MA is also excellent preparation for further postgraduate level research such as an MRES or Doctoral Degree

You’ll have a set of media skills that are easily transferred to fields like public relations, marketing, advertising, as well as non-governmental organisations and the public sector.

Previous graduates of this course are working in a variety of organisations, including the BBC World Service, Norway’s DTK TV News, Italy’s Il Mattino and London’s China Weekly.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, and evidence of 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.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,100 full-time

International

£16,850 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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

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Teaching and Learning

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.

Students join the course from all over the world and the department’s small, intimate class sizes mean Brunel academics are able to provide you with plenty of support that’s individually tailored towards your skills towards your career goals.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress on the course will be assessed in a variety of ways including practical projects and tasks, essays, exams, case studies, presentations, reflexive reports and dissertations.

In particular, your burgeoning knowledge and understanding of theoretical debates, practical skills and understanding of the historical and institutional context of different international journalism practices will be assessed through your written assignments.

You will research and write a journalism dissertation under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor. Many students value this unique experience and the opportunity to become, for a period of time, authorities on a particular area of journalism.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.