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MSc International Journalism

University of Stirling
12-27 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

MSc International Journalism

Our Masters course in 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 enables you to tailor your studies by choosing a practice- or theory-led route depending on your interests and career ambitions.

The course is provided by our Division of Communications, Media and Culture, 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.

Admission 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. We welcome applications from the broadest range of disciplines

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Indicator 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 169 in reading and writing and 162 in speaking and listening
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 180 in reading and writing and 162 in speaking and listening
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 60 in reading and writing and 59 in speaking and listening
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 17 in listening and 20 in speaking
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 78 overall with a minimum of 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 17 in listening and 20 in speaking
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China minimum 543 overall, 54 in listening, 53 in structure and written expression, 56 in reading and B2 in speaking
  • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and a Merit in reading and writing and Pass in speaking and listening, ISE III Pass overall and Pass in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and Pass in all sub-skills
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 95 in reading and writing and 90 in speaking and listening
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

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

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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Mode of study: part-time, full-time, campus based, stand-alone modules

Tuition fees

  • Course fee for UK students: £7,700
  • Course fee for EU students: £18,645
  • Course fee for Overseas students: £18,645


Award: Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate

On the MSc International Journalism 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
  • gain 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

Career opportunities

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.

About this institute

University of Stirling

The University of Stirling is committed to helping students make a difference in the world. Based in the heart of Scotland, Stirling is a place where ability – not background – is valued, and teaching, employability and facilities are all...

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