Taught course

Journalism (International)

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

An Honours degree of class 2:1 or above in any subject, or an equivalent qualification. Candidates with practical journalistic experience are preferred. In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

Months of entry


Course content

This is one of a group of Masters media courses preparing students to work in the new age of digital journalism. This MA Journalism course is aimed at practising or aspiring journalists who do not have English as their first language
Essential Info
This postgraduate journalism course will help you hone your journalistic skills in the English language, while also learning about recent developments in journalism. A key element of USW’s MA Journalism (International) is developing your journalistic writing in English and you will have specialist support to improve your linguistic ability.
You will be part of a community of journalism practice and work with students on MA Journalism and MA Radio to complete a number of practical and academic projects throughout the course.
If you choose to study on a postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.
This postgraduate degree in journalism is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
What You Will Study
The MA Journalism (international) includes the following compulsory modules:
  • English Language Journalism
  • Media, Law and Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice
You can choose one of the following modules:
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Online Journalism Production
  • Audio Production
The course culminates in a Masters-level dissertation module that can be an individual academic investigation or substantial piece of journalism practice.
Common Modules
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.
We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.
You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.
Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship: This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.
Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries: The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.
Research Paradigms: This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.
How You Will Study
Most practical modules are taught in workshops in our newsrooms and studios, while theoretical elements are delivered in lectures and one-to-one tutorials.
The module in Professional Practice involves a practical project, eg, a live news website where you are expected to perform as a media professional. It also includes at least ten days of work experience in a recognised media outlet.
Possible Career Options
Graduates of this MA Journalism course will have the skills to be more marketable in a world that views multimedia and English language competence as essential requirements. They can return to their countries better prepared to participate in and develop their own journalistic culture.

Information for international students

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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