M.A. Journalism Studies

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  • 12 months
  • GBP13000 Year (Non-EEA)
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Bournemouth University | Bournemouth, United Kingdom
This MA course in Journalism and New Media aims to develop postgraduates who can critically explore the ways in which new media forms and practices are facilitating a transformational shift in news and journalism. You will be encouraged to develop critical perspectives, enabling you to re-invigorate traditional thinking about news and journalism. You will be equipped with an understanding of how to carry out research enquiries into topics relevant to your interests.
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Description of Journalism Studies

This MA course in Journalism Studies aims to develop postgraduates who can critically explore the ways in which new media forms and practices are facilitating a transformational shift in news and journalism. Of particular interest is the impact the internet is having on the news industry, with relevant issues including:

  • The emergence of innovative strategies of news gathering, distribution and presentation;
  • Efforts to secure new business models;
  • Changing patterns in news consumption;
  • Challenges for government policy-making and regulation;
  • And the rise of collaborative, citizen-based approaches to news reporting, amongst many others.

Key debates concerning topics such as citizen journalism, blogging and social media will be explored in a diverse range of contexts, such as environmental, war, conflict and crisis reporting.

You will be encouraged to develop critical perspectives, enabling you to re-invigorate traditional thinking about news and journalism. You will be equipped with an understanding of how to carry out research enquiries into topics relevant to your interests.

In addition, you will consider how new types of journalism can be developed to foster renewed civic engagement among citizens, empowering you to take action on issues of local, regional and/or global concern.

What makes this journalism course different?

  • Study online news and journalism through a focus on research
  • Specialist units include: New Media Innovation; Social Media & Citizen Journalism; Environment, Conflict & Crisis News; Researching Journalism & the Internet (for further details, please take a look at our Course Content page)
  • Specialist topics covered include: online journalism, social media and blogging, converged newsrooms and changing journalism practice, user-generated content and participatory journalism, new media ethics, data journalism, crowdsourcing, interactivity, mashups, digital magazines, and mobile news
  • Students benefit from research-led teaching, in addition to top speakers from across the media industry who deliver talks and lectures on a regular basis.

Where could this journalism course lead?

Graduates from this course would be able to consider future careers as:

  • Computer-aided researcher and investigator
  • Social media and digital communication specialist
  • Civic media strategist
  • Communication and research officer for government and non-government organisations
  • Further research in academia (e.g. MPhil or PhD).

Who should do this course?

  • Graduates from a wide variety of disciplines seeking to develop research interest in news and journalism
  • Graduates with a Lower Second Class Honours degree or comparable professional qualifications (2:2)
  • Journalists and related media professionals who wish to update their knowledge and / or pursue careers in research
  • People with relevant experience from NGO or government organisations
  • Enquiries from non-standard applicants with relevant professional experience are invited, and will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline There is no formal deadline to apply but we encourage you to apply as soon as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 13000 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7500 Year (EEA)
  • UK/EU/Channel Islands: £7,500
  • International (non-EU): £13,000
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Courses Included:
  • Journalism in Global Contexts (Core Subject)
  • Applied Research Project (Core Subject)
  • New Media Innovation
  • Environment, Conflict & Crisis News
  • Researching Journalism & the Internet (Core Subject)
  • Social Media and Citizen Journalism

English Language Requirements

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7
CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Journalism Studies

The normal requirements for embarking upon a postgraduate taught degree are:

  • A good Bachelors Honours degree (2:2 or above or equivalent - all subjects considered.
  • For applicants for whom English is not their first language, there is a requirement of IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall or equivalent with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components. Please see the International Students tab within Entry Requirements for further information.

If you lack the formal academic qualifications needed to enter a postgraduate or post-experience degree, there are several alternative routes to follow - some based on experience.

Preferred subjects

  • Applications are welcomed from graduates of a wide range of disciplines seeking to study issues and debates surrounding journalism and new media.
  • The course is particularly aimed at students interested in pursuing research, whether in academia, industry, government or NGOs.
  • The course is also aimed at current or future journalists who wish to updated their knowledge of the way the profession is evolving in the digital era.

Work Experience for Journalism Studies

No work experience is required.

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