Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

You will require a Bachelors degree preferably in a relevant subject (e.g. Journalism, Media Studies, English Language, English Literature, Politics, History, Law, Sociology) with a pass of at least a lower second class.

Those without a degree may be considered depending on their circumstances. It is anticipated that since this programme will be of interest to those who are practising journalists, one possible non-degree entry route will be a minimum of five years journalistic experience. Any applicant who has worked as a journalist, press officer, information officer or in a similar post for at least five years are welcome to apply for the course.

For international students, please ensure that your application shows that you meet the following criteria:

  • recognised qualifications equivalent to a British Bachelors degree preferably in a relevant subject (e.g. Journalism, Media Studies, English Language, English Literature, Politics, History, Law, Sociology) with a pass of at least lower second class
  • an IELTS score of 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent English language test accepted by UKVI

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry

September

Course content

News and reportage occurs on an international platform and this Journalism Masters programme, run by our specialist Screen School, will provide you with the expert support and industry knowledge required for your progression in this highly competitive industry.

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Course delivered in LJMU’s new £38million Redmonds Building, which offers industry-standard media facilities
  • Liverpool Screen School part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme
  • Excellent career opportunities in areas such as journalism, public relations, information management, press offices in local and central government and international organisations

The MA in International Journalism course will develop your thinking and improve your ability to analyse and evaluate the news media and reach an understanding of its importance.

The programme is designed so that if you have no experience you will receive basic training in journalism practice. If you already have journalistic skills, you will be able to concentrate on analysing the craft and your own part in it. In this way, the course will develop your ability to critically analyse the purpose and structure of journalism and to evaluate the processes and products of either your own or other people's work.

International Journalism is the first course aimed at developing critical analysis on the international stage for both practitioners and those who have a serious interest in this field. The programme concentrates on journalism with international relations and is suitable for students from abroad as well as those from the UK.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Professional practice10
Dissertation20 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090