MA International Business Journalism

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Description

MA International Business Journalism

Glasgow Caledonian University

Program Discription

Around the world business news is booming. The global economic downturn, the sub-prime mortgage crisis, international banking and insurance failures, rescue plans and state interventions on an unprecedented scale, have all driven business, financial and economic news on to the front pages of newspapers and websites, and to the top of the running order in TV and radio bulletins. Never before have the media demanded such in-depth business reporting, and never before have young journalists who can write and report clearly and with confidence on complex financial issues been in such demand. From Dubai to Mumbai, Sao Paulo to Seoul, Lagos to Karachi, the MA in International Business Journalism will aim to supply the world's local English-language media with this urgently-required new generation of well-informed business journalists.

In the wake of the crisis gripping economies right around the world, demand for business journalists has grown considerably and will continue to grow.The skills required for journalism vary around the world, but all have common features: writing, reporting and newsgathering, multi-media production skills. The global recession mean business reporting skills are more in demand than ever before, and this new MA from Caledonian Business School aims to target that need.

The programme is being offered exclusively to international students from countries with key global financial centres and successful English-language media.

Unlike in many markets in the west, print media especially is still booming in the developing world, but many still have to hire expats because they struggle to recruit trained staff at home - and against that backdrop, the programme aims to provide a steady stream of local 'trainee' journalists, skilled-up and ready to work from day-one on a busy business newsdesk.

Why Choose this Program?

The MA International Business Journalism offers you:

Specialist skills and knowledge in a booming area of journalism conducted in English around the world, and which - whether the market and economy go up or down - is always seeking informed and skilled reporters

The opportunity to learn journalism in a UK accredited centre where practical teaching adheres to the highest UK professional standards, delivered by highly-experienced senior journalists who have been practising and/or teaching business journalism for over ten years - our lead tutor is a former business editor of The Scotsman who has also worked extensively in Asia

An international journalism masters which is one-third practical, including core news writing and reporting skills for print and online journalism, plus an introduction to digital audio and video production, teaching you the generic skills international reporters need

A flexible programme that can offer you an additional option such as Arts or Sports Journalism, among a range of other media and business classes - such as Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing

A qualification that therefore also serves as a general UK media postgraduate course, enabling you to consider various career routes in the international media industries

An invitation to study for a year at a University acclaimed for its care of international students - Glasgow Caledonian University has been voted Best International Student Experience in the UK in the International Student Barometer Survey, Autumn 2007; and won the Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award in the 2008 Times Higher Education magazine awards.

Program Structure

The programme follows the September-June taught diploma calendar, and admission to the programme is only available in Semester A.


In Semester A you will be given an intensive programme of academic study into core knowledge and issues in three key areas for business journalists:

Financial Management and Capital Markets - How to analyse financial statements; capital, gearing, debt, equity; the markets, funding, exchanges, derivatives and hedging; financial ethics

Global Business & Development - The institutions, regulation, trends and debates in the global economy; international trade, copyright, monetary systems; globalisation

Journalism in Context - The social, economic, ethical and legal/regulatory context of journalism

Reporting and Writing - You will also begin your practical learning, in a fourth module, covering newsgathering and interviewing skills, patch/beat reporting; news writing for print and online

Advanced English Language - If you do not have an IELTS writing element score of 7 when you begin the programme, you will also be required to take an extra 'additional credit' class in Advanced English Language


In Semester B the emphasis moves to developing your practical journalistic skills and specialisms, with a more flexible timetable allowing you time to work on and develop stories, articles, digital techniques and other media and research skills.

Business Journalism - Covering companies, markets, mergers, flotations, takeovers; radio updates and interviews; budget day; business profiles; sector reports; comment and analysis

Digital Portfolio Production Techniques - Creating your own DVD portfolio of your skills in audio, video, page and web design media presentation and journalism

Researching the Cultural Sector - Research methods, values and paradigms; triangulation and critical distance; preparing an in-depth scholarly research proposal

OPTION - Choose from an introduction to ONE of (for example, subject to numbers): Arts Journalism, Sports Journalism, Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing Communications

After Semester B you will complete a Dissertation as the final element of your Masters. This is an opportunity to analytically and creatively investigate into a specified area or field within the cultural and media industry sectors.

Further Information
In order to fit in the required study of finance and the world economy, the MA International Business Journalism cannot be an accredited programme. But you will take two common shared modules with students on our NCTJ-accredited MA Multimedia Journalism: Reporting and Writing, and Journalism in Context.

Career Opportunities

Glasgow Caledonian University is amongst the most modern in the UK, situated on a hi-tech city centre campus. The School is continually investing in new industry-standard equipment which is used to assist in practical media production work from using AVID digital picture editing systems through to the Adobe Audition software and digital sound studio.

Employability lies at the heart of the programme, more than ever, business journalists need a specific, large portfolio of generic research, writing, editing and presentation skills, which can easily be applied to all and every medium, whether print, audio, video or online. The most common general attribute editors and employers seek beyond core reporting, business knowledge and multi-media skills, are flexibility and familiarity with the team-based nature of journalistic production, which will be experienced through out the programme.

The programme team will provide the journalism industry focussed career guidance, making available any notifications lecturers receive or become aware of concerning imminent job opportunities in varies countries.

The programme will also draw on a number of guest lectures and visiting experts, mainly from the journalism industry, who will be invited to contribute one-off talks, presentations, case studies and workshops.

Entry Requirements

You will have an honours degree, or a non-honours degree plus at least two years' relevant work experience.

No prior academic study of business or journalism is required: your first degree can be in any subject.

Additional Information

You will be expected to demonstrate in very good written English in your application's personal statement your commitment to a career in journalism, normally based on evidence of some prior achievement, endeavour, or interest.

So you should give detail of and commentary on any completed work experience, internships, or student, freelance or volunteer journalism (as appropriate) wherever possible.

Copies of cuttings and clippings of your own journalistic work can be included, as well as professional references or testimonials from editors or senior working journalists.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 year
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