International Journalism MA



About the course

This is a course for our times, responding to the challenges of globalization. The degree will challenge those from the UK and beyond to think past their national perspectives. To get the full story you need to transcend geographical borders and traditional divisions.

Today's big stories are complex, simultaneously political, economic, hyper-local and global. You will learn about transnational organisations, critique theories relating to the role of the media and globalisation and practice journalism across various media platforms.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

BJTC Vote 2017

The University of Bedfordshire’s journalism team proposed and organised, through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, the collaboration of 13 universities reporting the general election of 2017. Bedfordshire students from across our journalism courses, from first years to postgraduate students, planned, produced and presented the overnight programme as well as joining students from other universities reporting from the counts. See the team in action here on this BJTC video.





International Journalism - MA - University Square Campus, Luton

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  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • Study with professionals from the industry, including alumni of this course, who will share practice examples, give you tips on entering the industry and help you develop your network
  • Explore career options in regional, national and transnational reporting, or as a political, economic and foreign correspondent as you develop into a rounded journalist capable of seeing the whole 'global' story
  • Develop your resourcefulness and enterprise – with an ability to identify and pursue stories and to challenge, test and critique evidence, while adhering to ethical codes of conduct
  • Gain first-hand knowledge, by visiting national and/or international news organisations such as Reuters and Bloomberg, as well as UK/EU parliaments; work on the University community radio station and student newspaper or gain experience with local and regional newspapers and radio stations
  • Benefit from a degree that gives you relevant transferable skills in publishing, copywriting, public relations, in-house press office positions, teaching, sports journalism, media research and digital media production, or enable you to continue to an MPhil or PhD research degree.

Listen to our students talk about the Britain in Europe conference

Read about the MA International Journalism course team

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

  • The Global Reporter
  • Journalism Practices Around the World
  • Academic and Journalistic Research Methods
  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Research Project

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is geared to deepen your knowledge base as you add to your armoury as a journalist.

Assessment throughout the units, most notably in the research project, will call upon abstract writing and journal review skills to promote critical thinking and integration of knowledge across the course units. The importance of oral communication skills is also acknowledged across units.

Entry requirements

  • Interview
  • Portfolio review

  • For international students an IELTS score of 6.5.
  • Candidates for the course will be expected to produce a portfolio of journalism work. Candidates should include: a news story and a 1,000-word feature article on a given subject. Inclusion of these two pieces is the minimum requirement for portfolio submission.
  • Telephone or Skype interview. Candidates will then be interviewed about how they researched and wrote the pieces in their portfolio. Staff will then assess the prospective students aptitude and suitability for the course.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

We will help you find your feet in the media industry. Successful graduates will share good and bad practice and help you network. Lecturers will draw on their experience, encouraging good working practices and localising bad ones. Professionals from the industry will watch you work, advise you on improvements, give you tips on getting into the industry and guest lecture. Trips are made to international news agencies, the UK Parliament, the EU Parliament and other relevant organisations.

You will have opportunities to work on the University community radio station, RadioLab, write and edit and for the student newspaper and carry out work experience with local media, such as the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper group and BBC Three Counties Radio, as well as opportunities in nearby London.

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; sports journalism; media research; digital media production and academia.

Graduate story

Former MA International Journalism students have landed on their feet in the following locations

  • Caolan is now a producer on Talk Sport radio
  • Sam and Michael are reporters on the Global Sports Desk at Reuters in London
  • Mary is Policy Development Co-ordinator for the Labour Party
  • Ayesha is a public relations executive for an international drinks company
  • Journalism students at the University of Bedfordshire regularly undertake work experience with the BBC

Hear from former students

"By studying the MA in International Journalism I developed a good understanding of the way news is reported across the world. I became economically and politically literate and this means I am able to decipher the correlation between the two when it comes to topics that dominate the news agenda. The skills I developed on the MA have been extremely helpful with employability. Since graduating I have gone on to work for Reuters and I regularly draw upon the knowledge I gained from the MA. For example, in my current role at Reuters I often work across different media platforms including print, online and visual." Michael Hann - Reuters reporter

"Through the duration of my time on the course I learned a great deal about some of the world's most influential organisations such as the IMF and World Bank which helped develop my personal understanding of finance and politics and their very significant links to every day journalism. I really enjoyed the freedom I had to research areas of my own interest whether it was through individual or group work. The class was made up of a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds which was a positive contribution towards our learning." Ayesha Hafiz - PR Executive

"This course gives you the knowledge and the confidence to embrace a breadth of important and challenging subjects, and communicate these across a range of platforms to an international audience." Samuel Holden - Reuters reporter

"With a flexible course structure which incorporates modern-day relevant examples, the International Journalism (MA) is the ideal mixture of theoretical and practical necessary for the modern day journalist. Combine this with a critical analysis of pan-European institutes and global corporations and you achieve the level of thinking required to challenge in such a competitive industry. Give yourself the edge, be a Master of the Art, study International Journalism. " Mark Kirwan - Content Writer for business-to-business marketing company



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £6,800. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £12,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

You will benefit from our £5.5m Media Arts Centre, which houses:

  • A broadcast television studio 
  • A performance theatre and performance studio
  • Digital radio studios
  • 10 digital video editing suites
  • Electronic newsroom
  • A white space studio
  • Multimedia suites 
  • Additional studios for online and design work

We also offer a Media Hub where students can borrow the latest digital equipment, including cameras, MP3 recorders, location lighting and audio equipment.

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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