Taught course

International Journalism

University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above (or equivalent) in an appropriate humanities or social sciences discipline. We also welcome applicants who do not have this academic qualification who are able to demonstrate in their application that they have relevant professional/creative skills and experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA is for you if you wish to combine theory and practice and focus on fast-changing developments in international journalism. This course provides an academic engagement with journalism on a global scale through close attention to economic and political underpinnings, as well as the culture and sociological aspects of journalism. It also examines key issues in the theory and practice of journalism and helps you develop and refine your journalistic skills. You learn how to research and write news and features, creating and adapting news stories across platforms. You follow an intensive training programme with the practical journalism elements taught by experienced industry professionals.

This course enables you to:

  • understand and debate the broader global, economic and technological issues driving news organisations across the world
  • identify and critically engage with journalism’s forms, practices and institutions at national and international levels
  • be knowledgeable about the diverse functions of journalism in a contemporary, multi-skilled environment, and the dynamic role of its practitioners in a changing journalistic context
  • develop skills to produce journalistic copy for a range of platforms that is professionally designed, technically proficient and creatively executed
  • critically evaluate and analyse a wide range of journalistic outputs and their distinguishing characteristics
  • take up a short work placement.


Our assessments are as diverse as the aims and objectives of a course that provides professional training and advanced academic study. These include essays, oral and poster presentations, learning diaries, multimedia submissions and a portfolio of practical journalism. The course culminates in a substantial research-led project or a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Autumn term: Broadcasting News and Features • International Journalism in Transition • News and Feature Writing.

Spring term: you take Advanced Journalism Skills and Broadcast News and Features. You also take one option from Activist Media Practice • Animal Life and the Moving Image • Digital Humanities • First Person Film • Global News Industries • Media Histories and Cultural Change • Media, Culture and Communication
• Media, Technology and Everyday Life • Music and the Media of Performance (Theory) • New Developments in Digital Media • New Moving Screens • Photography: Documentary, Landscape, Politics • Queering Popular Culture • Research and Prototyping for Interactive Practice • Sound Environment (Theory) • The Cinematic Body • The Politics of Promotional Culture.

Summer term: International Journalism dissertation and project.

Information for international students

Please visit: International qualifications for Masters courses or Fees and Scholarships.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/media-film-and-music/international-journalism-ma

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 877538