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International Journalism

Brunel University London
London, Great Britain
On campus
 1960 Points
1 Year
Apply date
Jul 2023
Start date
Sep 2023

Program Description

Do you want to report on news from the most interesting and important parts of the world? Are you committed to a career in journalism but need the professional skills? If so, this one-year journalism postgraduate course provides excellent preparation for working across all platforms.

From the moment you start Brunel’s International Journalism degree, you will learn to deliver high-quality video, audio, online and print journalism geared towards global audiences.

Course content is designed to equip you with digital, multi-platform journalism skills and advanced understanding of the context of journalism in the fast-changing world of news media.

You will study a synthesis of practical and theoretical skills modules contextualising different forms of journalistic practice, within a framework of technological, political and cultural change. This is challenging, employment-orientated study on a leading journalism course at a London university that focusses on international reporting.

You will benefit greatly from our academic’s research strengths and excellent links with the journalism, broadcasting and publishing industries, with the option to seek a work placement during your time on the course.

Additionally, alumni and industry guest speakers will bring further insight and inspiration about what it means to work within global media.

You will also get plenty of hands-on training and practice in the University’s well-equipped media suite that mimics the recording and broadcast facilities used within the industry.

International Journalism MA 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.

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Course Content

This strongly vocational programme will allow you to develop your journalistic skills as you learn about the impact of technological change, cultural developments and political issues on different forms of global journalism.

Particular attention will be paid to the global versus the local, which will be examined through practical assignments as well as media ownership, the legal context, issues pertaining to journalistic ethics, and the role of journalism in the international political process.

When you graduate you’ll be equipped to enter a variety of roles within international and national journalism, or ready to undertake a PhD.


Teaching and Learning

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.

Students join the course from all over the world and the department’s small, intimate class sizes mean Brunel academics are able to provide you with plenty of support that’s individually tailored towards your skills towards your career goals.



News, Features and Reviews

In this module you will develop knowledge and skills to enable you to report in a range of challenging news and features for a variety of outlets. You will study news writing, structures and language as well as the techniques of news interviewing, researching and data gathering for news, features and reviews.

You will gain valuable insight into reporting crime and emergency services as well as technical skills in the consideration of image, text and design relationships in print and online. You will also learn curating and verifying online news content and the evaluation of news values and methods from other countries.

Multi-platform Storytelling

Through this module you will develop advanced skills in researching, design and layout, video, photography, audio and scriptwriting for multimedia storytelling. By the end of the module you will be able to construct visual stories in a range of different contexts and audiences through the use of photographs, audio podcasts, video clips, magazine design and page layout, and webcasting.

International Media Ethics

Through this module you will gain advanced knowledge and critical understanding of how media, journalism and political communication ethics are viewed in diverse contexts around the world. You will cultivate the ability to critically appraise how a context shapes ethical sensitivities and debates about a range of issues, for instance debates about trolling, the circulation of graphic images, and the implications of data mining and behavioural microtargeting.

Fake News, Images and Websites

In this module you will critically engage with historical and contemporary debates about political hoaxes, fake news, images, videos and websites. The academic literature is interdisciplinary, and you will examine how different approaches draw attention to different understandings of how fake content is produced, circulated and received in diverse national and international contexts.


To complete your course, you will have the choice between a Dissertation or a Extended Practical Project. The main aims of the dissertation module is to enable you to undertake a substantial independent investigation of a topic, issue or set of practices in the form of a traditional dissertation.

It will help you to understand research ethics and develop the ability to carry out research, gather and analyse appropriate information, communicate their ideas and critically evaluate the success of your project.

Extended Practical Project

To complete your course, you will have the choice of a Dissertation or an Extended Practical Project. The Extended Practical Project module will offer you the opportunity to undertake a substantial independent investigation of a topic, issue or design project agreed with your module leader or assigned supervisor.

By the end of the module, you should be able to show ethical awareness and produce a substantial project combining practical and scholarly work that is supported by journalistic and empirical evidence and presents a high level of independent learning.


As a graduate of International Journalism MA your skills will be well suited to a variety of roles within journalism, particularly those with an international context, such as:

  • Reporters for international news agencies
  • War and foreign correspondents
  • Online journalists
  • Magazine journalists
  • Investigative journalists
  • Content producers for mobile platforms
  • Communication officer in non-government and private sector organisations

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