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Journalism, Media and Communications (MA)

1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

This programme is NOT designed as a vocational degree and does not provide training in Journalism. Students should not consider this degree as a professional qualification towards becoming a journalist.

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Course Description

The programme focuses on the academic study of journalism, but also offers opportunities for the development of professional skills through optional modules in the second semester and through research. The degree provides insights into how journalism is changing in a globalised context, exploring key debates and issues in journalism studies today. The degree also provides training in the use of a range of research skills in journalism studies, to support academic scholarship in their chosen field of journalism studies.

Available Modules 

Students will study the following areas:

Optional modules include:

Course Structure

The taught component of the course amounts to 120 credits. Students complete this across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June. Students are then required to submit a dissertation at the end of August. The dissertation carries 60 credits.

Skills Acquired

The MA provides up-to-date research skills to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and to carry out original research. It equips students with investigation skills in areas such as content analysis, interviews, surveys, and digital methods. Further, it allows students to develop presentation skills, the ability to share insights and findings cogently with peers, competence in information search and retrieval, and proficiency in both verbal and written modes with respect to reviewing and marshalling academic positions and developing an engaged point of view

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in the humanities and Social Sciences with appropriate disciplinary specialisations.

Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain a British Council IELTS score of at least 7.0, or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s eight-week pre-sessional English course.

Available Funding

School Scholarships for Overseas Students

One £7,000 Scholarship is available


To be eligible for the award above, applicants must:

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £7,500 £14,500
Part-time n/a n/a
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: JOMEC Student Support, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4156 



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