Taught course

International Journalism

Institution
University of Bedfordshire · Division of Media, Arts and Performance
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Interview Portfolio review For international students an IELTS score of 6. 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.

MA

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

This is a course for our times, responding to the challenges of globalisation. 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, critque 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

Key features

    • 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.
  • Former MA International Journalism students have recently landed on their feet in the following locations:

    • 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

    Read about the MA International Journalism course team

    Listen to our students talk about the Britain in Europe conference

Career opportunities
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..

Areas of study may include:
  • The Global Reporter
  • Journalism Practices Around the World
  • Academic and Journalistic Research Methods
  • Multiplatform Journalism
  • Research Project

Information for international students

Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements at: www.beds.ac.uk/english-language

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: www.beds.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months

Course contact details

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Admissions
Email
admission@beds.ac.uk