Taught course

Global Journalism

University of Sheffield · Department of Journalism Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree, but we’ll consider mature students with relevant professional experience. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word-processing skills are desirable.

Months of entry


Course content

If you're interested in learning about how journalism is practised across the world and what threats and challenges it faces, and if you want to get some hands-on practical experience then the MA Global Journalism is for you.

The MA Global Journalism combines theoretical and practical concerns with regard to the principles of a free press and its relationship to political and civil institutions. It examines, compares and contrasts the diverse forms of regulation and restrictions – both legitimate and illegitimate – surrounding the practice of journalism around the world.

You'll engage in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context. The course will also give you hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment.

Teaching on Global Journalism extends beyond the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to visit BBC studios and attend conferences that give insights into the daily practice of news journalism across the world. We also host our own Global Journalism Film Festival and collaborate with the European Parliament in Brussels.

Core modules

  • The Principle of Publicity I
  • The Principle of Publicity II
  • Writing for the Media
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three from the following modules:

  • Journalism in Britain
  • Media, Politics and Publics
  • Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
  • Reporting the European Union
  • Propaganda, Media and Conflict
  • Online Journalism Studies
  • Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
  • Media, State and Society in China
  • Researching Social Media
  • Digital Advocacy

Teaching and assessment

We teach through lectures, seminars, workshops and research exercises. You’re assessed by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in Listening and 6.0 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
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