Taught course

Media, Communications & International Journalism

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are an honours degree at the 2.1/upper second class level or higher or equivalent (e.g. B/3.0 GPA in the undergraduate degree) in sociology, politics, economics, history or related social science subject. Applicants with a 2.2 may be considered if warranted by strong references. Please contact the programme convener to discuss. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

This programme combines the latest in media, communications and audience theory, and research methodologies with the production and editorial skills that are required of the modern journalist. You can apply your understanding of the role of the media in society to your own journalistic output.

Why Glasgow

  • You will be taught by members of the Glasgow Media Group, which has an international reputation for pioneering research methods in media and communications.
  • The Glasgow Media Group includes industry-trained programme-makers and the programme includes a practical element related to transferable skills for employability.
  • The city of Glasgow is the centre of the media industry in Scotland and is home to the headquarters of BBC Scotland,STV and a range of major press titles including The Herald and The Daily Record. The Media Group has strong connections with the local industry.
  • Researchers from the Glasgow Media Group have presented their work globally, given expert evidence to Westminster select committees and appear regularly on the BBC and other news outlets.
  • You can choose optional courses from areas such as economics, criminology, human rights, sociology, and politics whose research is at the forefront of debates about the role of the media in society.

Programme Structure

You will take 4 core and 2 optional courses, followed by a dissertation or research project. Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Practical skills in news-gathering and programme-making will be developed through seminars and workshops which will focus on the delivery of journalistic articles and features across media.

Assessment is based on individual written essays and assignments, as well as the practical group work and individual projects.

Core courses

  • Media, communications and journalism: Criticism and theory
  • Methods of social research
  • Practical news journalism
  • Researching audiences and the media.

Optional courses

  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • Challenges in international politics
  • China's international politics
  • Comparative European politics
  • Crime, media and popular culture
  • The European Union in international politics and development
  • The foreign policy of the United States
  • Global economy
  • Human rights and global politics
  • Institutions and policies of the European Union
  • International security and global politics
  • The internet and civil society
  • Media and democracy
  • The media and regime rransformation in CEE, Russia and the FSU
  • Political institutions, crisis and communication
  • Public policy and management
  • Young people, social inclusion and change.

Note: Some courses might not be available every year.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Catherine Happer