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MA Journalism International


“Practice excellence and play a leading role in a rapidly evolving global media industry.”

Why choose this course?

 If you are a journalist or work in the communications and media sector, MA International Journalism for Media Professionals is specifically designed to help you enhance your global mobility, progress up the career ladder and move into new domains of professional practice.

On this course you will join a community of media professionals around the globe in reflecting on your current practice and in expanding the scope of your professional expertise.

The flexible delivery of this unique curriculum will enable you to continue to work as you study. An intensive on-campus week in Scotland’s thriving capital is combined with distance learning in virtual class- and newsrooms featuring the latest technology.

Learning activities will build on your experience, and directly inform and develop your daily practice. Assignments will be tailored to suit your individual development goals.

Tutors and mentors with substantial industry experience will support you in developing leadership attributes as well as the ability to apply advanced journalistic skills across a wide range of platforms, including television, radio, online, print and social media.

Project work will strengthen your ability to work across geographical and cultural boundaries and help you acquire new areas of specialist expertise. You will explore innovative forms of media practice in a rapidly evolving global industry and engage with a variety of approaches to developing creative leadership and entrepreneurship.

Your learning will be underpinned by modern research into global journalism and media practice. You will develop the ability to analyse the industry with academic rigour and appraise political, economic, regulatory and cultural influences in different global regions.


This course will develop your ability to…

  • practice advanced journalistic skills across a wide range of media platforms
  • expand the scope of your professional expertise into new specialist domains
  • engage in cross-culturally suitable international professional practice
  • explore creative forms of media practice in a rapidly evolving global industry
  • exercise creative leadership, thought leadership and entrepreneurship
  • apply rigorous academic analysis and informed judgement to your practice
  • establish strategies to progress your career and network on a global scale
  • strengthen transferable skills, including problem solving, planning, team work, time management, cross-cultural interaction and use of social media

Career prospects

Expect advanced personal development and career progression. This course will help you exercise a wide range of cross-platform skills to a high standard and prepare you to play a leading role in a variety of sectors across the global journalism and media industry.

Edinburgh Napier University has one of the longest records for providing journalism education in the United Kingdom and is one of just three universities with combined Skillset Screen and Media Academy status.

Former students have a strong success rate of finding attractive employment. Some of our graduates have become flag-ship reporters, editors, international correspondents and presenters on high-profile programmes, magazines and newspapers.

We used our long-standing experience to shape this new cutting-edge degree in tune with modern developments in the global media industry. The curriculum was designed in consultation with a wide range of industry representatives and accreditation bodies.

This course also provides an ideal platform for further research, including PhD studies, and can serve as entry point to a further academic career.

What can Edinburgh Napier offer?

We offer a thriving multidisciplinary learning environment in which active research and innovative teaching methods, coupled with excellent newsroom resources, combine to encourage your postgraduate study and help you realise your full potential.

The course is supported by:

  • industry standard newsrooms and studios as well as a global virtual newsroom environment in which you’ll be trained to tailor content for a wide range of media
  • an online working and learning environment, giving you instant access to lecture notes, coursework and study materials as well as to interaction with tutors and fellow students
  • 24 hour access to the 500-seat Jack Kilby computer centre during on-campus residentials, where you will have use of unrestricted email and web access
  • access to our fully-networked library, offering an extensive collection of required course texts, including e-books and e-journals
  • specialist staff who are on hand to offer support in learning, language development or personal issues
  • our Library Information Service, which can provide a number of useful aids that will help develop study skills – ideal if you are returning to study
  • a personal development tutor.

Edinburgh, a thriving cosmopolitan capital with its own parliament and an impressive array of festivals and cultural institutions, provides an ideal location for the on-campus residential part of this course.

The one residential week will be based at Merchiston Campus in the lively Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The campus is well catered for by local amenities including cafes and bars, and is a short walk from the beautiful Meadows Park. Merchiston Campus, with its unique blend of past and present, is home to modern facilities as well as the 13th century Napier Tower.

 What’s involved? 

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, studio and newsroom sessions and through independent study. Learning will take place during an on-campus residential week as well as in an international virtual learning environment.

If studied on a fulltime basis, this course can be completed within an academic year.

You have the opportunity to engage in part-time studies, in which case the duration of studies should not exceed four years. Part-time students will be guided by a tutor to put together an individualised programme of study. To find out more about part-time possibilities, Please contact Myra Tait



 Cross-Platform Journalism and Media Practice: You will analyse your own professional practice in the context of a convergent media world and learn to refashion your content for audiences across a wide range of platforms, including online, broadcast, print, social media and mobile platforms. You will engage in the production of live rolling cross-platform news in a virtual global newsroom and will have the opportunity to acquire new professional skills, i.e. broadcast skills for print journalists or online skills for broadcasters.

Global Current Affairs across Cultures: You will learn about cross-cultural issues in journalism and reflect on different forms of film and media practice around the globe. You will compare approaches to reporting from different regions and develop a critical understanding of key issues in global current affairs. You will be introduced to the work of foreign correspondents and learn to adapt content for a variety of global audiences.

Leadership & Entrepreneurship in the Media: You will be introduced to cross-cultural differences in leadership styles, team management and entrepreneurship around the globe. You will explore the potential for innovation in your professional practice and reflect on ways to shape the future industry. With the support of an industry mentor, you will identify strategies to progress your personal career and strengthen your personal leadership style. You will be encouraged to develop entrepreneurship, creative leadership and to become an initiator of change.


During Trimester 2, you can choose three of the following four options:

  • Global Business and Finance Reporting: You will be introduced to global financial markets and to reporting international financial affairs for a range of media platforms and a variety of global audiences. An experienced business correspondent will help you hone your practical financial reporting skills.
  • Investigative Journalism: You will be introduced to advanced tools for investigative journalism and will reflect on cross-cultural differences in the application of these methods to a variety of media platforms. An experienced investigative journalist will help you engage in the practice of investigative journalism.
  • Documentary Film Production: You will be introduced to a variety of documentary formats and learn to select narrative style, film language and interviewees suitable for different target audiences.  An experienced filmmaker will introduce you to research, production and commissioning process and help you develop your own project.   
  • Professional Industry Placement: You will expand your professional horizon by gaining experience in an unfamiliar sector of the industry. You can opt to gain experience of a new media platform or unfamiliar specialism; you can choose to acquire cross-cultural skills by working overseas, or you can opt to shadow someone in a leadership role. The professional placement totals three weeks, will be accompanied by a reflective assignment designed to embed and underpin your learning, and is supported by a course tutor.  


 Production Dissertation: You will be challenged to push the boundaries of your current professional practice as you produce a substantial piece of journalism or a major media project. In doing so, you will showcase advanced professional skills as well as the ability to innovate and practice creative leadership. You can produce a documentary film, a themed website, a series of videos for mobile platforms, or pilot a new magazine; the scope of possibilities is open to your initiative. The production project will be accompanied by rigorous critical analysis that demonstrates the ability to engage in thought leadership.

 For detailed information on individual modules, contact Myra Tait . 

Commencement of this course is on September 5th 2011.


Entry requirements

You need an Honours degree, and you need to have worked for a minimum of one year as a journalist, media practitioner, communications specialist or information officer.

Instead of an Honours degree, you may have a degree-equivalent qualification. Substantial experience gained in the journalism, communications and media industries can be counted in place of an Honours degree.

Every applicant will be asked to provide evidence of industry experience as well as of suitability for the degree, in form of a portfolio of copy, or a showreel.

Overseas applicants who are not native English speakers need to provide evidence of language skills equivalent to IELTS 7 or more in all tested areas.

Applicants with IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 in one or more of the tested areas may be allowed to enrol on the course providing you enrol on an accompanying English language module, which you will need to pay for separately. This module will help you progress your skills to IELTS 7.0 level by the time you graduate.

Check the equivalence of your qualification or experience by emailing

For specific international entry requirements, please contact our International Office.


 Please contact to obtain information on fees.

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