MA International News Journalism

Start date(s)

September 2021

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £7,250

Home (per credit): £40.28

International (full-time, per year): £15,600

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About this course

The MA programme is aimed specifically at teaching the theory and practice of UK style journalism to international students. Using state-of-the-art facilities, this vocational course helps you develop your knowledge and practical skills for reporting national and international news.

  • The world is changing rapidly with exciting developments as well as significant challenges. There has never been a greater need for well-educated and well trained journalists to report global news
  • The MA International News Journalism programme is designed especially for international students to learn how journalism is practised in the UK within a wider international context
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  • Students can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned from the course to the work in their own countries or internationally
  • The course allows you to develop your English language skills alongside your academic and journalistic skills
  • The Journalism Department has long experience of running journalism programmes for international students from various parts of the globe
  • You will receive practical training in multi-media journalism skills, especially broadcast and online journalism
  • You will practise your professional skills in the industry-standard newsrooms, TV studios and radio booths in the £38 million Redmonds Building in Liverpool City Centre
  • The course helps you understand international relations and global issues that are regularly reported in the news
  • You are taught by staff with many years of journalism experience from a wide range of national and international news organisations
  • Staff have close links with the BBC, Granada TV, Sky News, Sky Sports, Channel 5 News and many other media companies
  • Opportunities for internships with various media and news organisations
  • You will also develop your research skills that can be useful for your careers and/or further study (e.g. PhD degree)
  • Our graduates have been employed by many media organisations in the UK and around the world, including the United States, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and other countries.


The programme is suitable for students from a variety of subject areas. It will develop your ability to report global news and your skills to work as an international journalist in a digital era. You will receive excellent training in multi-media journalism in a vibrant learning environment.

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

Additional costs

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 purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)

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  • 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.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) 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.

This International News Journalism MA will develop you into an adaptive, creative and self-reflective professional able to produce numerous outputs, for a variety of audiences, in a range of media forms. 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.

On graduation 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.

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Course modules

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.

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Core modules

Journalism Studies
20 credits

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
20 credits

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
20 credits

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

Introduction to UK Journalism
20 credits

This module aims to develop your news gathering skills in sourcing original stories and producing them ethically and accurately for broadcast and online. The module focuses on radio and re purposing material for online use by using electronic Newsroom systems, audio and video recording and editing software. It:

  • enables you to source research and produce original news artefacts for a range of media outlets
  • develops your writing and production skills for a range of news outlets showing a clear understanding of target audiences
  • helps you to produce short bulletins and content for media outlets
  • enables you to recognise broadcast conventions in the production of simple packages for broadcast

60 credits

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.

Broadcast Journalism Project
20 credits

This module will help you to achieve the following goals:

  • Identify a newsworthy story/issue which can be developed for features/documentary use
  • Analyse and evaluate the work of fellow professionals
  • Demonstrate advanced broadcast skills in a longer-form treatment

Advanced Broadcast Journalism
20 credits

This module will help you to achieve the following goals:

  • Employ basic audio/video and editing techniques for broadcast and web-based news bulletin
  • Gain proficiency at newsgathering, newswriting, and multi-media storytelling to a realistic professional deadline
  • Application of professional journalism skills, including team-working, idea generation, news judgement, research and tenacity in pursuing stories and developing contacts
  • Critically appraise your project, evaluate the work of others in the team and propose solutions to improve group products.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Lectures, workshops and practical sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a short period of intense sessions to kick your learning off at the start of semester one. 

Teaching methods

Teaching staff on this course have all worked in industry and have 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.

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. Staff are involved in a range of international projects and are developing links in various countries.

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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 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Rex Li

Prof Rex Li

Programme Leader

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.

School facilities

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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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in a related subject
  • a minimum of five years’ journalistic experience or experience working as a Press Officer/Information Officer etc

Additional information

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme
  • You will not be interviewed

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

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Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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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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