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MA International Journalism

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Year of Entry 2023/24

International Journalism

Prepare for a career in the global journalism industry on this integrated multimedia course.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,910 for the course
International/EU: £16,385 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2023
January 2024

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Course summary

  • Gain specialist skills and expertise in writing and reporting.
  • Develop advanced understanding of the latest reporting trends and technologies.
  • Attain the technical skills needed for journalism.
  • Learn how to gather, organise, write and present information to a professional standard across platforms and to different audiences.

This course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need for a career in global journalism. You'll gain sought-after expertise in print, broadcast, magazine and online reporting, and also focus on photography and visualisation. While doing so, you'll consider the contemporary issues that are faced by the global media.

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Daniel Bird stood by the sea during a sunset posing for a photo

'The teaching was phenomenal and the studios were state-of-the-art. I studied media law in one of my modules, which helped me secure my current role. I'm now an international journalist at Cater News and Mercury Press. I cover human interest stories from around the world, as well as ground breaking news.'

Daniel Bird, MA International Journalism, 2018 graduate

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The MA promotes self-directed study through a programme of work, where students apply the learning experienced in the earlier stages of the course to either research leading to a portfolio of journalistic products or to a substantial piece of written research in the form of a dissertation.

You learn through:

  • self-directed study
  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops
  • work experience
  • screenings
  • group work
  • tutorials

Applied learning

Work placements

This course is focused on the professional sphere, and modules are designed to give you relevant, real-world experience for your future career.

The course is delivered by a team of journalists with extensive newsroom experience and a strong commitment to practical journalism teaching. Our teaching team include journalists with both recent and current experience working for BBC News, BBC Radio 4, ITV regional news, Radio 5 Live, Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star.

Our industry links enhance our ability to link you with excellent real-world opportunities. Work experience will take place at a relevant news or PR organisation, and will form the basis of your final module. This can take place in the UK or elsewhere — if you are an international student, you may be able to work in home country. The experience will help you to build up a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability to potential employers, and to understand the day-to-day cycle of news and media.

Networking opportunities

In designing this programme of courses the course teams worked hard to ensure a strong vocational focus on the core personal, practical and professional skills required for a career in journalism in countries around the world.

Future careers

The entire course, in terms of both content and approach, is focused on training employable and critical thinking professionals within a diverse national and international creative media industry.

Recent Journalism graduates are now working

  • as reporters and feature writers at print and online newspapers, including the Daily Express and Daily Star
  • for news companies such as Reach Plc. and The Economist
  • broadcasters including Vox Africa, Vietnam Television and Sky News
  • in PR and marketing roles for the Isle of Man Government, Suttons Consumer Products Ltd. and Formula 1
  • in social media and digital communication roles for the Framework Charity and Twinkl Educational Publishing
  • as freelance journalists and investigative reporters

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry standard broadcast studios (TV and radio)
  • green screen technology
  • editing suites with the latest hardware and software
  • exclusive access to three newsrooms

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Entry requirements

All students

Normally an honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent in any subject.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

You may also be considered if you do not hold a degree but can provide evidence of relevant professional experience.

We encourage applications from UK and international candidates who

• have a diversity of backgrounds

• are considering a career in journalism

• show the required aptitude and potential

We base our selection criteria on your relevant experience and potential for development. Previous experience of journalism is preferable, but not necessary.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Issues In Global Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Journalism Project / Dissertation Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Online Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Photography For Journalists Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Magazine Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Regulation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pr: Politics And Lobbying Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Public Relations And Digital Communication Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport And The Media Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,385 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF, 218.8KB)

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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