MA in Journalism, Media And Communications

Cardiff University

Program Description

MA in Journalism, Media And Communications

Cardiff University

MA in Journalism, Media And Communications

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is at the forefront of exciting new developments in journalism, media and communications.

The MA in Journalism, Media and Communications is the longest established of Cardiff’s MA programmes. It allows students to explore the pressing issues of our media environment – from journalism ethics to internet governance, from community media to global communications, and from crisis reporting to the transformative potential of new technologies. It provides advanced knowledge and a thorough understanding of the role of information and communication in contemporary societies, with a focus on both traditional and new forms of journalism.

The programme has an international approach and attracts students from around the globe. It draws on the strength and diversity of Cardiff’s staff, giving students a unique opportunity to work with academics whose research is at the cutting edge of exploring how media are changing in a dynamic global communications environment characterised by technological, political, social, economic and cultural upheaval.

The MA equips students with research skills in areas such as content analysis, interviews, surveys, and digital methods, and it allows them to develop their own scholarship. It does not provide practical training in journalism or a professional qualification towards becoming a journalist. Rather, it offers a broad understanding of the field that prepares students for careers in academia, and for employment in a range of businesses, non-profits and institutions, as well as in journalism.


  • Work with leading scholars in the field and develop your own original research
  • Study in an exciting international academic environment, where students from all over the world work together and learn from each other
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of how media work across a variety of social, cultural, economic and political contexts
  • Investigate different types of journalism and media – including online, public service broadcasting, local journalism, tabloid journalism, war reporting, citizen media, and science journalism – and their role in society
  • Assess how media are linked to forces of globalisation, political institutions, global responses to war and conflict, and environmental challenges, amongst others, and how they are embedded in social, political and economic contexts
  • Critically evaluate the roles of new information and communication technologies, their opportunities and challenges, their democratic potential and their regulation
  • Acquire and utilize up-to-date research skills to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data and to carry out your own original research for the dissertation and beyond



The MA Journalism, Media and Communications is taught across two semesters (Autumn and Spring) from the end of September to the beginning of June. In the first semester, students take three core modules: Putting Research into Practice 1, Introduction to Journalism Studies, and Politics of Global Communication.

In the second semester, there are two core modules: Mediatised Conflicts: The Politics of Conflict Reporting and Putting Research into Practice 2. In addition, students choose two optional modules from a wide variety of academic and practical subjects. Students are then required to submit a dissertation of between 15 and 20,000 words by the end of August.


The MA in Journalism, Media and Communications gives students the opportunity to conduct their own original research, as it requires completion of an academic dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words. Students will plan their dissertation and develop a research proposal during a first semester research retreat in rural Wales.

Individual dissertation supervisors will be allocated after this retreat. Students will also develop their research skills through the core module, Putting Research into Practice, and through regular meetings with their dissertation supervisor.


Students are required to produce written work, essays, assignments and a dissertation throughout the academic year.


  • Graduates interested in an advanced academic study of journalism, media and communications.
  • Students looking to undertake PhD research in this area.
  • Students interested in a career in local, regional, national and international institutions dealing with issues of media and communications (such as regulators, development organisations, NGOs, etc.).
  • Aspiring journalists, media managers, activists and advocates interested in an in-depth understanding of the broader field of media and communications.
  • Experienced journalists and other media practitioners wishing to reflect on their professional practice.
  • Students and practitioners who wish to complement their experience in other fields with a comprehensive education in media and communications.

The MA Journalism, Media and Communications provides a thorough understanding of the wider field of media and communications. Students analyse journalism and its practices and challenges, but they are not trained in professional journalist techniques. The course offers some practice-oriented optional modules, but for the most part it is analytical and research-based.

The MA opens up a range of possibilities for further employment. Students who graduate from this course work in media-related institutions, in communications departments of companies and in the non-profit sector, they become journalists, or they may start an academic career.

Students who wish to become journalists and take this course will seek practical training outside their MA studies to acquire the necessary professional skills. Students who are looking for practical skills training as part of their postgraduate degree should consider one of Cardiff’s other degrees, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism and the MA International Journalism.

Students should apply for their course using the Online Application Service.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
Full time
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United Kingdom Cardiff, Wales
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