International News Journalism

International News Journalism MA

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £6,250
Home cost per credit: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: £13,250

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Course type

MA

School

Liverpool Screen School

Study mode

Full Time (1 year)

About your course

With strong links to the media, The Liverpool Screen School houses the industry relevant technology that will advance your professional development, and ability to gather and report throughout this globally relevant News Journalism Masters programme.

  • Masters degree available to study full time (one year)
  • Teaching delivered in £38million Redmonds Building
  • Develops your understanding and knowledge of the practice of journalism, particularly broadcast, for use in an international context
  • Gain a working knowledge of international relations relevant to the concerns of mainstream news organisations
  • Secure the expertise required to produce quality journalism suitable for broadcast
  • Develop research skills at Masters level

After these courses, I made progress in English, became confident communicating with English speakers, and gained more practical experience in being a journalist.

Xiaofan Luo, graduate

I feel satisfied with my experience at LJMU. They had good facilities, and as a journalism student they provide cameras, studios, technicians, editing software and equipment. The lecturers are smart and always welcome to advise you. I am sure that if you wouldn’t regret it if you choose LJMU to achieve your dreams.

Su Latt, graduate

Introduction to the School

The Liverpool Screen School offers you a warm and friendly environment founded on a strong commitment to nurturing and supporting creativity while offering excellent learning resources and first-class student support.

International expertise

You will be taught by professional, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff with extensive and current practical industry experience. 

The School is part of the BBC North Developing Talent Scheme and the Journalism teaching team has a growing international reputation and has in the past won contracts with the British Council to liaise with universities abroad. The team is involved in a range of international projects and is developing links with various countries. The department also has close links with local and national news organisations, including the BBC and ITV. 

Staff have all worked in the industry with years of experience in print, radio, television and online journalism. Many of them have an excellent record of research and publications in Journalism and International Relations.

Liverpool is a truly international city with a thriving journalism industry. The city has one of the country's largest and most successful evening newspapers (the Liverpool Echo). Merseyside also has a flourishing local newspaper and magazine industry. There are several television companies in Liverpool such as the BBC and Granada TV. Lime Pictures (formerly Mersey TV), creators of Brookside and Hollyoaks as well as numerous other TV programmes are located in the city.


Top class facilities

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, located in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. Redmonds Building 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. As well as broadcast studios, news rooms and media production suites, you will have access to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, and the ground floor Starbucks cafe.

Redmonds Building 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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Within a framework of strong industry links to the BBC, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, FACT and BAFTA, our expert academics provide you with the opportunity to train and study in a dedicated industry standard environment considering UK Media practices and their position in global media platforms.

With the proliferation of social media, news bloggers and the ever-increasing demand for news media across a variety of channels, it’s important for broadcasters, news journalists and management to have the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to deliver consistent, accurate and well-researched news to tight deadlines. 

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.

"The MA International News Journalism programme is designed specifically for international students to gain a good understanding of the theory and practice of UK style journalism. The course also helps students appreciate the rapidly changing global environment within which international news emerges.

The Department of Journalism has significant experience running journalism programmes for international students and has strong research expertise and an international reputation in Journalism and International Relations. This programme is aimed at developing students’ professional knowledge and journalistic skills, particularly in the area of broadcast journalism. The course is delivered by a highly experienced team of journalists and recognised experts in their fields.

Liverpool is a friendly, welcoming, multi-cultural city. Located in a new £38 million building in the city centre, the department offers an excellent learning environment with industry-standard, state of the art facilities for international students."

Dr Rex Li, Programme Leader, MA International News Journalism

Programme outline and structure

News journalism in the 21st century is a 24-hour business, transcending boundaries, timelines and cultures. You will become part of a supportive, scholarly community dedicated to developing your skillset to meet contemporary broadcast standards for the UK.

The Masters in International News Journalism, delivered by the respected Journalism teaching team within the Liverpool Screen School, has been designed to provide a deep understanding and knowledge of the practice of professional journalism, particularly focusing on broadcasting. 

The course delivers a combination of practical experience, using the School’s state of the art media suite facilities and strong, Masters-level research skills which you will demonstrate in your dissertation.

You will develop a working knowledge of international relations and several key journalistic disciplines. You will also be expected to show originality in the application of knowledge, and the boundaries of knowledge, through ground-breaking research. On completion of the Masters, you will be able to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively and you will be encouraged to show originality in tackling and solving problems.

You will develop the knowledge and qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgment, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable professional environments. 

The course is designed for international students and will allow you to develop your language skills alongside your intellectual and journalistic knowledge and key skills.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study.

  • Journalism Studies

An introduction to the theoretical concepts surrounding the study of journalism. The module will cover a range of subjects including news values, law and ethics, agenda setting, gatekeeping, representation and stereotyping, the use of language, the business of a newsroom and the effects of online journalism on the news agenda

  • International Relations for Journalists

Examines the theory and practice of international relations focusing in particular on cultural, economic and security relations

  • Academic research for Journalists

Provides you with a thorough understanding of academic research methods and methodologies suitable for journalism social research and the production of research papers and dissertations at masters level

  • Advanced UK broadcast Journalism

You will synthesise your skills in writing, reporting and production while working to produce journalism broadcast artefacts both in groups and individually that approach professional UK standards

 

   

  • Introduction to UK Journalism

You will research and produce original news artefacts for a range of media outlets. You will demonstrate developed writing and production skills for a range of news outlets showing a clear understanding of target audiences

  • Dissertation

You will produce a written dissertation that researches a key issue relating to International Journalism and demonstrates mastery in its analysis or evaluation

  • Broadcast Journalism Project
This module builds on the Advanced UK Broadcast Journalism module to enhance your professional practice and apply features treatment to a story

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.

Please email courses@ljmu.ac.uk if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Our expert academics have designed your assessed work to ensure that you fulfil your potential at this important stage of your development as a postgraduate.

A wide range of teaching methods are used on the programme, including lectures, demonstrations, screenings, seminars, workshops, work simulations, group work and live projects within the Redmonds Building.

Assessment is mixed, with practical modules usually based around portfolios of written work and simulated or real exercises. Theory modules are more generally assessed by essays, although there are a few presentations and an exam.

Staff research interests

Academic staff in the journalism teaching team are recognised experts and/or scholars in their fields.

Professor Chris Frost is chair of the National Union of Journalist's Ethics Council, a former president of the NUJ and chair of the Association of Journalism Education.

Dr Rex Li’s research focuses on the role of culture and identity in international relations.

Richard Rudin is the author of Broadcasting in the 21st Century and co-author of An Introduction to Journalism.

Glyn Mon Hughes is researching journalism and Welsh identity.

Jackie Newton is researching the impact of journalism on those in life-changing circumstances.

Dr Guy Hodgson is researching newspaper history.

Entry requirements (Home)

Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a good second class honours degree or above.

Industry experience: Exceptionally, the requirements of a second class honours degree may be waived where past experience has made the applicant suitable for the programme.

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications and must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, via an IELTS test with a score of 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Application and selection

You should ensure that your application shows the following criteria:

  • A Bachelors degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Journalism, Media Studies, English Language, English Literature, Politics, History, Sociology) with a pass of at least a lower second class
  • The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error free style is vital and 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

For home students who do not have a Bachelors degree, please ensure that your application shows that you meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of five years journalistic experience. This must be evidenced by sample of published work in journalism and satisfactory employment references

OR:

  • Evidence of working as a press officer, information officer or a similar post for at least five years. This must be evidenced by satisfactory employment references

AND

  • The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error free style is vital and 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

For international students, please ensure that your application shows that you meet the following criteria:

  • Recognised qualifications equivalent to a British Bachelors degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Journalism, Media Studies, English Language, English Literature, History, Sociology) with a pass of at least lower second class
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 or an equivalent English language test accepted by UKBA
  • The ability to communicate ideas clearly and logically is vital and 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

Will I be interviewed?

No

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/discover/fees-and-finance/pg-uk-students-2017-18/funding

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

This International News Journalism MA qualification will develop you into an adaptive, creative and self-reflective professional who is confident in producing a range of outputs, for a variety of audiences, in a range of media forms.

You will typically be able to work as a Broadcaster, Script Editor, Field Journalist, News Media Proprietor, Print Editor or, if you’re interested in academia, you may use your dissertation and research skills to pursue a specific research interest.

You will be confident in your application of news media principles in an international context and have an advanced appreciation of the working knowledge and nuances of international relations.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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