M.A. International Journalism

Brunel University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,750 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 14,250 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 180 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Journalism is a dynamic global industry and there is an increasing need for suitably qualified, flexible and multi-skilled entrants who are equipped to be effective practitioners within a rapidly changing, converging international media context.

MA International Journalism addresses the global shifts in the journalism industry by contextualising different forms of journalistic practice within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. It also sets out to equip students with sufficient generic skills to adapt to future journalism industry developments.

This intensive post-graduate journalism programme aims to produce produce imaginative, creative reporters, producers and sub-editors who are capable of producing professional-quality content across one or more journalism formats for international and global media. You will gain cutting-edge skills in reporting and production in our digital multi-media newsroom. Our particular appeal will be to students looking for advanced skills in writing and sub-editing for global journalism outlets, such as news agencies.

In recent years we have witnessed the democratisation of many formerly closed societies and the opening up of their media systems. Such systems need well-informed journalists, but very often the infrastructure needed to produce such journalists is lacking. Simultaneously, you will gain a thorough critical understanding of this shifting, dynamic industry so you are well-positioned to anticipate and navigate legal, ethical and professional changes.

The programme will appeal to a broad range of candidates with an interest in journalism across all sectors, including print journalism, online journalism, radio journalism, TV journalism and especially in areas of convergence. Our particular appeal will be to students looking for advanced skills in writing and sub-editing for global journalism.

The programme will also cater for students hoping to enter other sectors as media skills play a major part in public relations, marketing, advertising plus non-governmental organisations and the public sector.


This strongly vocational programme is distinctive in allowing students to develop their own journalistic practice at the same time as learning about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues on different forms of journalism global. Particular attention will be paid to the global versus the local, which will be examined through practical assignments, media ownership, the legal context, issues pertaining to journalistic ethics, and the role of journalism in the international political process.

The programme builds on the success of the School of Arts' postgraduate provision by providing a broad-based programme, within a credit framework, offering you the opportunity for specialisation. It consists of a common core of study in journalism, with an offer of specialist study in print/online or broadcast journalism, which will facilitate student entry into different aspects of the industry. This is particularly relevant in the context of a converging media industry requiring multi-skilling and the ability to adapt to new media environments. The programme will be delivered by a combination of academics based at Brunel (who also have considerable journalistic experience) and visiting journalists and legal experts working in key positions within the media industries. You will greatly benefit from the School's excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, and will be offered the opportunity for work placement.

Modules (all core)

  • Journalistic Practice
  • UK, European and International Institutions
  • Journalism Ethics and Placement
  • Global News Analysis
  • Major Journalism Project.

Journalistic Practice

Main topics of study: classifications of news: news values, sources and the implied reader; news writing, news language; techniques of news interviewing and research in a new media context; reporting court, local and national government, crime and emergency services; introduction to layout and on-screen page make-up; image, text and design relationships in a print/online media context.

UK, European and International Institutions

Main topics of study: the structures of the institutions within which journalism is practiced; professional ideologies of journalism; the ownership of the institutions within which journalism is practised; the political framework within which journalism operates; major UK parliamentary institutions; institutions of the EU and the EU Constitution; world organisations including the UN, Nato and G8.

Journalism, Ethics and Placement

Main topics of study: the impact of the global economy on journalism output; journalism and the public sphere; journalism and the political process; 'spin'; celebrity culture; journalistic ethics; the regulation of journalism; the privacy issue; two week work placement.

Global News Analysis

Main topics of study: the rise of 'global' journalism in the digital age; notions of the audience in global news targeting; comparative analyses of case study local and global versions of the same story; understanding the key differences between local and global standards of journalistic writing; applying skills and knowledge to repackaging news for different markets; using local journalism as a source to produce global journalism; repackaging global news for local audiences; ethical and legal considerations.

Special Features

  • Multi-skilling in journalism technology;
  • an emphasis on writing and sub-editing for global journalism;
  • specialist activity for informed career choice;
  • journalism practice contextualised within a framework of technological, legal, political and broader cultural change;
  • work placement, with experience of real-world journalism, supported by strong Brunel/industry links.

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