International Journalism

MSc


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98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16).

 

 

 

 

Introduction

The MSc International Journalism introduces students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds to the theory and practice of journalism in a global context. The course is internationally-focused and deals with the practice of journalism across different media, cultural and regulatory environments. 

With a combination of practice and theory, the MSc International Journalism at Stirling stands out in the market. You can tailor your studies, choosing a practice-led or theory-led route depending on your interests and career ambitions.

The course is provided by our Communications, Media and Culture Division, which has a strong international profile, and builds on our existing strengths in teaching and research. In journalism alone, the Division has staff from South Africa, Venezuela, Pakistan, China and Ireland, as well as the UK.

 

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: Full-time: 12 months Part-time: 27 months
  • Start date:

    September

  • Course Director: Dr Idrees Ahmed
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Dr Idrees Ahmed

Communications, Media and Culture
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University of Stirling
Stirling
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Course objectives

On this course you will:

  • Develop advanced research and analysis skills.
  • Acquire advanced skills in writing news stories, features and blogs.
  • Understand style and its relationship to content.
  • Develop skills to publish news content across multiple media.
  • Acquire audio and video production skills.
  • Understand the cultural, social and political significance of journalism.
  • Understand transnational practices in the cultural, social, economic and political realms.
  • Understand the different legal, cultural and political contexts in which they might have to operate.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications, but with significant appropriate work experience, are encouraged to apply.

Journalists come from a wide range of backgrounds and the profession is keen to encourage applicants from the arts, humanities, business, sciences and the social sciences. Applications are welcomed from applicants from the broadest range of disciplines.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language.

IELTS: 6.0 (Reading and Writing 6, and minimum of 5.5 minimum in each skill).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

2016/17 Overseas £13,950
2016/17 Home/EU £6,100

 

2017/18 Overseas £14,600
2017/18 Home/EU £6,200

 

2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU TBC

 

 

 

 

 

Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

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Payment options

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Scholarships & funding

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The MSc takes place within the two 15-week semesters and consists of two components: a taught course followed by a dissertation or investigate research project. Students can tailor their studies, choosing a practice-led or theory-led route depending on their interests and career ambitions. Full time students will take a total of six taught modules across the year, or across two years if part time.

Delivery and assessment

The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Students will also be expected to conduct independent research.

Students will be expected to write essays, produce content under professional conditions and take part in in-class tests. Learning will also be assessed in a dissertation or investigative research project. There will also be a continuous, informal approach to assessment in the form of weekly discussions and problem-solving exercises.

Modules

Full Time

Autumn

JOUPP01 - Journalism Practice (20 credits)

0-20 credits from MMAPP12 – Mass Media Research Methods [if dissertation track] (20 credits)

20-40* credits from:

MMAPP13: Media Environment (20 credits)

PCMPPX2: Public Affairs and Advocacy (20 credits)

MMAPP10: Global Creative Industries (20 credits)

Spring

JOUPP02 - International Journalism (20 credits)

 0-20 credits from JOUPP03 - Investigative Research [if Investigative Research project track] (20 credits)

20-40 credits from:

PREPP94: Communication and Democracy: power, politics and mobilisation (20 credits); PREPP95: Strategic Communications Research Placement (20 credits);

MMAPP14: Media Regulation and Policy (20 credits)

Summer

MMAPPDS - Dissertation or

JOUPPDP - Investigative Research Project (60)

 

Part –time

Autumn

JOUPP01 - Journalism Practice (20 credits)

20 credits of:

MMAPP13: Media Environment (20 credits)

PCMPPX2: Public Affairs and Advocacy (20 credits)

MMAPP10: Global Creative Industries (20 credits)

Spring

JOUPP02 - International Journalism (20 credits)

20 credits of:

PREPP94: Communication and Democracy: power, politics and mobilisation (20 credits); PREPP95: Strategic Communications Research Placement (20 credits);

MMAPP14: Media Regulation and Policy (20 credits)

Autumn

0-20 credits:

MMAPP13: Media Environment (20 credits)

PCMPPX2: Public Affairs and Advocacy (20 credits)

MMAPP10: Global Creative Industries (20 credits)

Research Methods [if dissertation track]

(20 credits)

Spring

0-20 credits:

PREPP94: Communication and Democracy: power, politics and mobilisation (20 credits); PREPP95: Strategic Communications Research Placement (20 credits);

MMAPP14: Media Regulation and Policy (20 credits)

JOUPP03 - Investigative Research [if Investigative Research project track] (20 credits

Summer/Autumn

MMAPPDS - Dissertation or

JOUPPPP - Investigative Research Project (60)

* At the start of the course students will be offered the option of a Dissertation track or an Investigative Journalism Research project track. For the former, the Research Methods module in Autumn will be compulsory; for the latter Investigative Research Methods module in Spring.

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Strengths

1. The combination of practice and theory makes this programme distinctive in the market.

2. Communications, Media and Culture has a strong international profile. In journalism alone it has staff from South Africa, Venezuela, Pakistan, China, Ireland, as well as the UK. It builds on our existing strengths in teaching and research.

3. Students can tailor their studies, choosing a practice-led or theory-led route depending on their interests and career ambitions. The investigative research project allows students to choose a practice-based project an alternative to a dissertation.

Our staff

Mr Tom Collins - Senior Teaching Fellow and Programme Director 

Dr Idrees Ahmad - Lecturer in Digital Journalism and Programme Director

Dr Thomas Allmer - Lecturer in Digital Media  

Dr Alenka Jelen-Sanchez - Lecturer  

Professor Richard Haynes - Professor

Dr Will Dinan - Lecturer

Careers and employability

Employability

98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

The journalism sector is continually changing and journalists have to learn a number of new skills to remain relevant. The demand for people with new skills in IT and Digital Media, PR, Entrepreneurship and Freelancing and Communications is growing. 

The MSc International Journalism will prepare you for this rapidly transforming sector, and will also give you transferable skills for a range of other careers in the fields of entertainment, environment, human rights and migration.

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