MA International Journalisms


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Program Description

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or part-time

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation
Select the equivalent of FIVE Modules comprising full (30) and half (15) Modules including the dissertation

Understanding journalism is crucial in today’s mediated world. The spread of the Internet, social media and the advent of comparatively cheap communications technology hold out the promise of enabling a more diverse range of actors to shape journalism. The forms and practices involved in such journalism could also enable greater inclusivity, supporting a range of progressive aims such as advocacy, peace, development and greater intercultural understanding. At the same time, widespread cost-cutting in mainstream journalism and the speeded-up journalistic practices used to service multiple delivery platforms threaten to further entrench the norms and definitional advantages of the wealthy and powerful because of their greater ability to subsidise journalism through public relations material.

This course draws upon the unique positioning of SOAS in higher education in order to examine how such tensions affect contemporary journalistic representations of the Global South and how they relate to different cultural, political, technological and historical contexts. Therefore this course springs from a pluralistic critical perspective: seeking to analyse how others represent Southern countries and events and how Southern actors seek to represent themselves. This contrasts strongly with other Journalism MAs taught in the UK, which is usually constrained by the norms and priorities of British professional accreditation bodies.

To complement the theoretical focus of the degree and to weave in the practitioner view alongside the media industry’s, this degree will have the expertise of Mahfuz Sadique who has had a career of over a decade in the BBC. Mahfuz Sadique, a Research Fellow at the Centre, will hold classes that focus on journalistic agency and newsroom practises in our present political economy. Mr Sadique will also act as a mentor to students and provide guidance and insights for a career in the media.

The online module sign-up system guides students through the available modules.
Please note that not all optional modules are available every year.


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Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.



  • Dissertation in International Journalisms

Taught Component

Core Modules

All students will take the following core module:

  • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalismsand

Compulsory Module

All students will take the following Compulsory Module:

  • Qualitative Research Methods

Guided Options

All students will take modules to the value of 30 credits from List A: Media Studies modules (below)


Open Options

All students will take modules to the value of 45 credits from List B: Recommended Options below or from the open options list if approved by programme convenor.

List of Modules (subject to availability)

  • List A: Media Studies Modules
    • Topics in Global Digital Cultures
    • Studies in Global Digital Cultures
    • International Political Communication
    • Mediated Culture in the Middle East: Politics and Communications
    • Theoretical Approaches to International Journalisms
    • Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media: Networking, Connectivity, Identity
    • Theoretical Issues in Media and Cultural Studies
    • Theoretical and Contemporary Issues in Global Media and Post-National Communication
    • Theoretical issues in Global Media and Postnational Communication
    • Topics in Global Media and Postnational Communication
  • List B: Recommended Options
    • Anthropology of Development
    • Culture and Society of East Africa
    • Culture and Society of West Africa
    • Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective
    • Censoring Japan: A Socio-Cultural History of Japanese Television
    • Comparative politics of the Middle East
    • Government and politics in Africa
    • Politics of Globalisation and Development
    • Aid and Development
    • Civil society, social movements and the development process
    • Gender and Development
    • Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work
    • Music in Development
    • The Music Business (Masters)

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session.

Admissions and Applications

You can apply for this course via the online application form.

We aim to assess a complete application and provide a decision within a 5-week time frame. Overseas students who require a Tier 4 visa and wish to join SOAS should bear in mind visa applications can take several weeks, so you should apply as soon as possible.

Consideration of Application

The whole application, including transcript and references, is considered before a decision is reached. You are therefore advised to submit a complete application including references and transcript (where required). An incomplete application will add considerable delays to the decision-making process.

Students will receive an acknowledgement of their application. Each application is carefully considered and although we try and respond as quickly as possible, we do ask that students should expect to receive a response within five weeks of receipt.

Candidates who are available in the United Kingdom may be called for an interview. The absence of academic members of staff (or instance on study leave) may affect the timing of decisions.

Entry Requirements

Minimum good second class honours degree (or equivalent).

English Language Entry Requirements

You must be able to show that your English is of a high enough standard to successfully engage with and complete your course at SOAS. Please note that we take our English language requirements seriously and failure to meet them exactly may well result in your application to SOAS being rejected. It is not possible to negotiate if your scores are below our required levels, with the expectation that because they are 'close enough' they will be accepted. It is important that you plan appropriately, well in advance, so that your English language test comes in good time and so that you have time to retake the test if necessary. We do not accept reasons of inconvenience or financial hardship for not submitting or retaking an English test.

International students

For EU and International students who need a visa, if unconditional entry scores are achieved we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.

If a Tier 4 entry visa is required then a SELT, such as UKVI IELTS may be needed. For this reason, we recommend all Tier 4 visa students to choose the UKVI IELTS Academic test as the test of first resort.

Last updated Oct 2019

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