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International Journalism MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

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Full time


12 months

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Journalism (General)

Course type


Course Summary


This course 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'll also have the opportunity to choose optional modules. The content of the course modules is informed by the research interests and practice of academic staff who teach them.

The course is designed to cater for students who wish to study journalism at Masters level, perhaps for the first time, and graduates who have a background in journalism.

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, group learning and project work, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

Independent study is crucial to this degree, as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the subjects introduced in lectures and seminars, and to develop your skills in analysis and research. You can anticipate spending at least 20 hours per week on independent study associated with your modules.

You'll be taught by active researchers in the field of communication and media. The research interests and practice of your tutors inform the content of the course.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We also use different forms of assessment including essays, exams, news stories and reports. Optional modules may also use methods such as case studies and source analysis, depending on the modules you choose.

Career opportunities

This course will give you a wide range of knowledge, as well as advanced skills in research, critical analysis and communication that will serve you well in a wide range of careers.

Graduates have found success in a range of careers including national and international journalism, public relations roles for government, international and not-for-profit organisations.

You’ll also be well prepared to continue with research in this rapidly evolving field at PhD level and in an academic career.


This module builds on theoretical understandings of journalism gained in COMM5645 to develop expertise in the practice of journalism through a focus on political function, regulation, ethics, and the basic skills of news research and writing.

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in: journalism (theory-focused), television science, media-related studies, literature, sociology or politics. We may give preference to applicants who exceed our entry requirements. Relevant professional experience will also be considered from an applicant with an undergraduate degree in a preferred subject. We may request additional documentation to help inform our decision.

Department profile

From political campaigns and international affairs to popular culture and social networking, communication and the media are at the centre of everyday life. We cannot fully understand modern societies without understanding media and communication. You’ll critically examine how people share knowledge, values and beliefs through television, journalism, film, online media and beyond. Our degrees emphasise choice and opportunity, allowing you to...more