About this course
LJMU's International Journalism MA develops your thinking and improves your ability to analyse and evaluate news media, reaching a true understanding of its importance.
- Study in Liverpool Screen School, an influential element of the North West's creative and media sector
- Develop the industry knowledge required for progression in this highly competitive industry
- Follow a curriculum that develops critical analysis
- Benefit from strong industry links to the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, FACT and BAFTA
International Journalism is the first course aimed at developing critical analysis on the international stage for practitioners and those with a serious interest in this field. The programme concentrates on journalism with international relations and is suitable for students from abroad as well as those from the UK.
The course is designed so that if you have no experience you will receive basic training in journalism practice. If you already have journalistic skills, you will be able to concentrate on analysing the craft and your own part in it. In this way, the programme will develop your ability to critically analyse the purpose and structure of journalism and to evaluate the processes and products of either your own or other people's work.
A truly international city with a thriving journalism industry, Liverpool is a great place to study journalism. The city has one of the country's largest and most successful evening newspapers (the Liverpool Echo) as well as a flourishing magazine industry. There are also several television companies in Liverpool such as the BBC, Granada TV and Lime Pictures (formerly Mersey TV), creators of Brookside and Hollyoaks.
Abbie Rooney studied for an undergraduate degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies. After a year out she decided that she wanted to work in Journalism and studied for a Masters in Internationa...
Having studied English Literature and Communication Studies in India, Deena joined LJMU to take her Masters in International Journalism. On graduation she hopes to launch a career in magazine journ...
Kiran Javaid graduated in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the University of Gujrat in Pakistan before coming to LJMU to study for a Masters in International Journalism.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
Your career and academic development are at the heart of this programme. In particular you can look forward to career opportunities in: journalism, public relations, information management, local and central government press offices and international organisations.
On graduation you will be equipped with transferable skills that are highly valued in industries such as marketing, PR, new media, broadcasting and writing.
Those looking for a career in academia may wish to continue to PhD study.
“The teaching feels personal. The tutors know my name, my writing style and personality. They are all available via email or to talk after seminars, in particular the course leader, Rex Li, who couldn't have been any more helpful.”
Eva Makin, graduate
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module aims to introduce you to theoretical concepts surrounding the study of journalism at postgraduate level. It covers values (where does news come from, what makes it news, etc.), agenda setting in a news context, gatekeeping (why some news is excluded), representation and stereotyping, the use of language, the business of a newsroom and the effects of online journalism on the news agenda. It introduces you to:
- aspects of law and ethics related to journalism
- news media and its impact on society
International Relations for Journalists
This module aims to enable you to pursue a systematic study of international relations relevant to the work of mainstream news organisations and to examine the theory and practice of international relations focusing in particular on cultural, economic and security relations. It enables you to:
- draw on the analyses and insights of IR scholars in gathering and constructing international news
- acquire a specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of international relations
Academic Research for Journalists
This module aims to provide a thorough understanding of academic research methods and methodologies suitable for journalism research and the production of research papers and dissertations at Masters level. It:
- teaches you the skills required for doing the Masters dissertation, including providing an understanding of academic research methods
- develops your research skills and allows you to plan and develop the early part of the dissertation
Comparative Media Analysis
This module aims to enhance your understanding of the media in an international context, allowing the comparison of media in different cultures, and the context in which the media operates in apparently very different societies. It helps you to:
- gain knowledge and understanding of the main influences on news-orientated media in a variety of countries
- analyse and evaluate how these influences affect the performance and influence of the media in different countries
- analyse and evaluate how social media is impacting on the production and effects of the media in a variety of contrasting countries
This module aims to facilitate the production of a written dissertation that researches a key issue relating to International Journalism and demonstrates mastery in its analysis or evaluation. It allows you to demonstrate mastery of a limited subject area within International Journalism in a lengthy, written piece of work.
News and Professional Practice
This module helps you to identify a news story and produce a well-structured report. It:
- helps you to produce accurate reports for print and media outlets
- enables you to demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of accuracy and language skills
- enables you to demonstrate a critical understanding of broadcast journalism skills
Reflecting on Professional Practice
Aimed at journalists with considerable experience, this module allows you to reflect on the production of your own journalism work and the factors through which it is influenced. It:
- enables you to investigate the nature of journalistic skills and requirements
- helps you to consider, through reflecting on newsroom or freelance routines, how professional issues shape journalistic output
- enables you to investigate the effects of political, social and economic factors on journalistic output through reflections on personal output
- enables you to identify and analyse the effects of changing technology on journalistic output and the journalism industry
This module aims to introduce you to magazine production and publication, including industry-standard software. It:
- improves your long-form writing skills
- develops your abilities to evaluate, emulate and innovate in the areas of magazine design
- provides you with practical experience of group production work, while offering opportunities for creative and critical thought and processes
Aimed at working journalists, this module allows you to research an aspect of journalistic production in some depth. The project is self-determined and agreed with the module leader. You will undertake research through the use of secondary or primary sources.
An insight into teaching on your course
The majority of contact hours are made up of tutorials, workshops and lectures spread on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
You will be taught by professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience in print, radio, television and online journalism. Many also have an excellent record of research and publications in journalism and international relations.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
A wide range of assessment methods are used on the course including: essays, reviews, seen exams, individual and group presentations, critical self- and peer-evaluation, role-analyses/evaluations, logbooks, diaries and autobiographical writing. There will also be individual and group portfolios of work, group and individually produced artefacts, individual and group project reports, research exercises and tasks aimed at the assessment of specific skills.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Working as a correspondent and editor for several magazines and newspapers before moving into academia, Rex has also been a commentator on international news for the BBC World Service. Rex has a PhD from the University of Sheffield and has taught and led courses in international relations and international journalism as well as supervising PhD students. Rex is a research associate of the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden. He is regularly invited to speak at high-level policy meetings in Britain and abroad. Rex’s research focuses on the role of culture and identity in international relations.
I particularly enjoy teaching classes where UK and international students work together on projects. I also enjoy visiting and giving guest lectures at overseas universities. Another enjoyable aspect of my role is research, which helps me keep up-to-date with the latest knowledge and scholarship in my field and pass this onto my students.
What you can expect from your School
The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds is shared by three Schools within the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies – Liverpool Business School, Liverpool Screen School and the School of Law - making for a rich blend of student learning experiences. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, broadcast studios, news rooms, media production suites, social spaces and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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You will need:
- a minimum 2:2 in a related subject
- a minimum of five years’ journalistic experience
- IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
- Pearson requirements: 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
- RPL is accepted on this programme
- Non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
Your application should demonstrate:
- the ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error free style - this will be measured by your personal statement
- an interest in the world around you. Politics, science, history, finance, business, art, theatre, sports are among the areas for which we would expect you to have enthusiasm. This should be demonstrated in your personal statement
- evidence of a genuine interest in news-orientated media would be an advantage. Examples of relevant activities include involvement in student newspapers/magazines, work placements in local radio and newspapers, or experience in the journalism industry
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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