Taught course

International Journalism

University of Central Lancashire · School of Journalism and Digital Communication

Entry requirements

UK applicants will be expected to hold a first degree at a classification of 2:1 or above. Additionally, they should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in journalism and have an international outlook.

Months of entry


Course content

Practical journalism is related to the international arenas through an emphasis on understanding the fundamental principles that underpin news production. This enables students to develop an adaptable approach to journalism and the abilities to apply their knowledge in a range of different media settings.

Students studying journalism for the first time will gain core news skills in newspaper reporting. More advanced practical learning continues to focus on newspaper production, although broadcasting and online journalism skills are introduced.

The development of practical skills is supported by study, research and critical analysis of journalism and the news media in a range of national and international contexts.

The final part of the course enables students to further develop their skills and knowledge by choosing to undertake either a major practical journalism project involving international reporting or through a substantial research study.

Students from non-English speaking countries will have the chance to improve their language skills through a programme of English learning.

Modules include:

Semester 1
Core journalism skills (for students studying journalism for the first time).
Comparative journalism analysis and UK news production (for students who have studied journalism before).
Introduction to broadcast and online journalism.
International journalism theory and research.
English as a Foreign Language (international students only).

Semester 2
International journalism and reporting.
Specialist reporting.
Newsroom management.
Print design and production.
International journalism theory and research.
English as a Foreign Language (international students only).

Semester 3
Practical international journalism project and analysis
Academic research study in area of international journalism

This course will enhance the career prospects of students entering a variety of journalism fields. This includes international news media & agencies or as journalists in a variety of national media. The course is also suitable for those wishing to gain a greater understanding of international news and use this knowledge in other fields of media employment. Here are a few of the companies where graduates of MA International Journalism are now working:

Al Jazeera
BBC News
National Geographic Magazine
Motor/Warsaw Gazette
Arabian Women
MegaWhat Publishing
Intelligence News Service

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations5
Written coursework / continuous assessment35
Creative work20
Professional practice40

Course contact details

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