MSc International Journalism


Program Description

Our Master's course in International Journalism introduces students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds to the theory and practice of journalism in a global context. The course is internationally-focused and deals with the practice of journalism across different media, cultural and regulatory environments.

With a combination of practice and theory, the MSc International Journalism at Stirling enables you to tailor your studies by choosing a practice- or theory-led route depending on your interests and career ambitions.

The course is provided by our Division of Communications, Media and Culture, which has a strong international profile, and builds on our existing strengths in teaching and research. In journalism alone, the Division has a staff from South Africa, Venezuela, Pakistan, China and Ireland, as well as the UK.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. 1st in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Communications and Media (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).
  2. 98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2015/16).
  3. The University of Stirling is 2nd in Scotland for Journalism (The National Student Survey 2017).

Course objectives

On the MSc International Journalism you will:

  • Develop advanced research and analysis skills.
  • Acquire advanced skills in writing news stories, features and blogs.
  • Understand style and its relationship to content.
  • Develop skills to publish news content across multiple media.
  • Gain audio and video production skills.
  • Understand the cultural, social and political significance of journalism.
  • Understand transnational practices in the cultural, social, economic and political realms.
  • Understand the different legal, cultural and political contexts in which they might have to operate.

Course details

The MSc takes place within the two 15-week semesters and consists of two components; a taught course followed by a dissertation or investigate research project. Full-time students will take a total of six taught modules across the year, or across two years if part-time.


The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You’ll also be expected to conduct independent research.


You’ll be expected to write essays, produce content under professional conditions and take part in-class tests. Learning will also be assessed in a dissertation or investigative research project. There will also be a continuous, informal approach to assessment in the form of weekly discussions and problem-solving exercises.

Course director

Dr Idrees Ahmed
+44 (0) 1786 466214

Fees - 2020/2021

  • Overseas: £16,950
  • Home/EU: £7,000
Last updated Aug 2020

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