MA International Journalism for Digital Media

University of Salford

Program Description

MA International Journalism for Digital Media

University of Salford

In Brief:

  • You will study at our state-of-the-art MediaCityUK campus next to the BBC and ITV studios in the region’s biggest media hub
  • Share your knowledge and work together with fellow students from the UK and many other countries in a multicultural environment
  • Get first-hand industry practice experience and learn from leading broadcast and digital journalism practitioners
  • Part-time study option
  • Based at MediaCityUK
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Our course explores in both theoretical and practical terms current issues in journalism in the context of the digital revolution and media convergence.

  • It combines solid foundations of journalism practice with the latest developments in multimedia techniques, digital journalism, and social media
  • It puts students through the fast-paced newsroom environment experience and offers opportunities to get engaged in specialisms such as foreign affairs correspondent, health and science reporter, business and finance writer or data journalist
  • It builds students’ professional portfolios, launches live brief media and journalism projects and embeds students in community programmes on work experience.

With guest lecturers from the BBC and other media organizations, practical workshops and newsdays in industry standard radio and TV studios, the syllabus is as close to real life in the world of digital media as one can get. The theory informs the practice to produce critical and autonomous professionals capable of working with confidence in any global media environment.

Full-Time Structure

For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award, you will take two core 30-credit modules in Semester 1, one 30-credit core and one elective module in Semester 2, and you will complete your final major project in Semester 3 either as an academic dissertation or a journalistic project. For overseas students, this project may be completed in your home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of the first 120 credits.

Semester 1

  • Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism
  • Core Module: Digital Journalism

Semester 2

  • Core Module: Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

One option from elective modules:

  • Specialist Journalism Practice
  • Community Project
  • Sports Journalism

Semester 3

  • Major Project

Part-Time Route – 30 Months

For the full MA International Journalism for Digital Media award, you will take one 30-credit core module in Semester 1 and another core in Semester 2 in year 1; then one core and one elective module in Year 2. You will then complete your final major project in the final 6 months. For overseas students, this project may be completed in their home country subject to approval. The PgDip will be awarded on successful completion of first 120 credits.

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Core Module: Global Perspectives on Journalism

Semester 2

  • Core Module: Journalism Practice in a Multimedia Newsroom

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Core Module: Digital Journalism

Semester 2

One option from:

  • Specialist Journalism Practice
  • Sports Journalism
  • Community Project

Year 3

  • Major Project (6 months)

Entry Requirements

A good honors degree (2:1 or above) but appropriately experienced applicants will be considered for entry in line with the University’s APL procedure.

Personal statement

You need to show a passion for journalism, but you must also provide evidence to demonstrate you have taken steps to turn this enthusiasm into reality. Tell us why you want to be a journalist and what your ambitions are within the industry. Which journalists do you admire and why? What relevant experience have you already had? Which organizations, publishers and/or broadcasters have you worked with? What other relevant experiences have you had? What is the best piece of journalism you have produced so far? (provide a link)

You should be prepared to demonstrate that you have a broad working knowledge of current affairs. Where do you get your news? What are the key issues affecting journalism right now? How will the media industry change in the years ahead and what role do you hope to play?

You should also set out why you want to study at the University of Salford. Explain what aspects of our course appeal to you and how you are suited to our programme.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language.

For entry to this programme, such a qualification must equate to a minimum average overall score of 6.5 or above from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognized by the University. The score for writing skills must be a minimum of 6.5, while all other components must be 5.5 or above, to give an overall score of 6.5 or above.

Suitable for

Students progressing from an undergraduate journalism course or media professionals looking for a cutting-edge journalism postgraduate course. You should want to explore concepts, trends and challenges in journalism and related fields of communication. And you should have an interest in the impact of social media on journalism.

Applicant Profile

You will be a well-organized, strongly motivated individual with a keen interest in journalism from an international perspective and in the ways mobile communication technology has impacted on journalism, the production and distribution of news, and on the audiences’ ability to access it.

You will have excellent communication skills, be determined and focused, and be keen to acquire the high-level journalistic research skills, organizational expertise and subject knowledge to take your personal and career development forward.

You will have excellent general knowledge of events happening in the world today, and a keen interest in the differing political, cultural and social perspectives in societies around the globe.

You will either have a strong academic background in a journalistic field, demonstrated through the attainment of a good undergraduate degree, or you will be experienced at working in a field related to journalism.

Fees 2018-19

  • Full-time: £7,560
  • Part-time: £1,260 per 30 credit module
  • Full-time International: £13,860

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


This course will be taught through lectures, presentations, seminars, and workshops aimed at developing your understanding of the theory and practice of international and online journalism. There will be a number of visiting speakers and guest lecturers, and full use will be made of the growing links between our courses and the BBC and ITV through our base at MediaCityUK to facilitate joint projects and enable students to attend and participate in industry events.

Student-led independent research, independent study, and project work such as newsdays, will be used alongside ‘problem-based’ and ‘task-based’ teaching, learning and assessment strategies. These will be integrated with an assessment strategy based on outcomes, students’ reflective self-assessments, and learning plans. You will also undertake a period of work placement within the journalism community of practice, which will be supported by your module tutors. In certain cases, international students may be able to undertake this work placement in their home country.


Assessment methods will include:

  • production exercises and portfolios of work
  • practical media projects
  • peer reviewing
  • essays
  • oral presentations by students
  • work-based learning diaries and reports
  • a dissertation or major project supported by substantial self-reflection.


Career Prospects

Graduates can enter careers in various forms of journalism (print, broadcast or online) either in reporting or management roles, public relations, researchers, media analysts and advisers all either working in this country or abroad. Journalists could work as UK-based foreign correspondents traveling abroad or full-time in overseas postings.

Links with Industry

This course is based at MediaCityUK, with the BBC and ITV as neighbors, and our students benefit from the strong relationships that our journalism courses have developed with the regional press as well as local radio and TV stations over the years. This new course enables links to be established with journalism provision in universities around the world as well as international news organizations.

Further Study

Graduates can undertake a postgraduate degree by research at MPhil (two years full-time) or Ph.D. level (three years full-time). This could occur in any field of communications, journalism, and media. At Salford, the Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre, and the International Media Research Centre contain a range of internationally leading academics able to supervise research degrees in their broad field.


This course is delivered at the University’s state of the art facility at MediaCityUK, which has specialist journalism suites including newsrooms, TV studios and radio studios.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 11, 2018
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12 - 36 months
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13,860 GBP
£13,860 International / £7,560 UK
United Kingdom - Manchester, England
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