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Journalism, Media and Communications (Taught)

Cardiff University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
28 September 2020

02 November 2020

Program description

Journalism, Media and Communications (Taught)

The course aims to develop an in-depth understanding of how media work across a variety of social, cultural, economic and political contexts.

We focus on the academic study of journalism, but also offer opportunities for the development of professional skills through optional modules in the second semester and through research.

The course provides insights into how journalism is changing in a globalised context, exploring key debates and issues in journalism studies today. It also provides training in the use of a range of research skills in journalism studies, to support academic scholarship in the field of journalism studies.

You will learn to assess how media are linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, global responses to war and conflict, and environmental challenges, amongst others.

You will explore the roles of new information and communication technologies, their opportunities and challenges, their democratic potential and their regulation

We will consider issues of citizenship, race, gender, ethnicity and class that are shaping contemporary forms of news media content.

This program offers knowledge and expertise for a career in the journalism, media and communication industries or as a foundation for PhD research.

This program is not designed as a vocational degree and does not provide training in Journalism. You should not consider this degree as a professional qualification towards becoming a journalist.

Distinctive features

The course is designed for those with no previous experience in journalism and for mid-career journalism practitioners wanting a period of reflection to deepen their understanding of journalism practice.

It aims to promote an awareness of the place and importance of journalism in the contemporary world, and in local and global contexts.

It attracts students from all over the world, providing a rich and diverse environment for academic study and critique.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

You will need to complete an online applications form which will then be considered by an admissions tutor.

Suitable for graduates in the humanities and Social Sciences with appropriate disciplinary specialisations.Applicants should possess a higher education degree of at least lower second class honours (2:2), or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. This requirement may be waived for candidates with relevant professional qualifications or experience.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an IELTS score of at least 7.0 (to include 6.0 in each sub-score), or an equivalent English language qualification. However, applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 (to include 4.0 in each sub-score) will be considered provided they undertake and successfully complete the University’s ten-week pre-sessional English course.

You will be asked to provide references in support of your application, one of which will need to be from previous academic study.

Applications are considered throughout the year.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Introduction to Journalism Studies
  • Politics of Global Communication
  • Putting Research into Practice 1
  • Putting Research into Practice 2
  • Debates and Concepts in Media and Communications
  • Project Based Dissertation
  • Media Law
  • Global Crisis Reporting
  • Reporting Health and Science
  • Electoral Behaviour, Public Opinion and the Media
  • Social Media and Politics
  • Media and Political Understanding
  • Public Relations, Offline and Online
  • Digital Economy, Digital Labour
  • In the Editor's Chair
  • Reporting Business, Finance and Economics
  • Citizen Media: Digital Storytelling
  • Communicating Causes
  • Automation in Practice: Project Based Investigation of Datafication

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £17,450

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

MA Journalism, Media and Communications provides up-to-date research skills to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and to carry out original research.

It equips you with skills in areas such as:

  • Content analysis
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Digital methods
  • Presentation skills
  • The ability to share insights and findings cogently with peers
  • Competence in information search and retrieval
  • Proficiency in both verbal and written modes with respect to reviewing and marshalling academic positions and developing an engaged point of view.

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