University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Global Journalism

If you're interested in learning about how journalism is practised across the world and what threats and challenges it faces, and if you want to get some hands-on practical experience then the MA Global Journalism is for you. The MA Global Journalism combines theoretical and practical concerns with regard to the principles of a free press and its relationship to political and civil institutions. It examines, compares and contrasts the diverse forms of regulation and restrictions - both legitimate and illegitimate - surrounding the practice of journalism around the world. You'll engage in debates about the key issues facing news journalism in a comparative global context. The course will also give you hands-on practical experience in writing for various media platforms and communicating news in the contemporary global environment. Teaching on Global Journalism extends beyond the classroom. You'll have the opportunity to visit BBC studios and attend conferences that give insights into the daily practice of news journalism across the world. We also host our own Global Journalism Film Festival and collaborate with the European Parliament in Brussels.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 degree, but mature students with relevant professional experience will be considered. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. Good computing and word-processing skills are desirable. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.5 in writing, 6.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules

The Principle of Publicity I
The Principle of Publicity II
Writing for the Media
Research Methods

Examples of optional modules

A range including:
Journalism in Britain
Media, Politics and Publics
Global Communication: History, Theory and Practice
Reporting the European Union
Propaganda, Media and Conflict
Online Journalism Studies
Media Freedom: European, UK and US Perspectives
Media, State and Society in China
Researching Social Media
Digital Advocacy

Assessment methods

Assessment is by essays, examinations and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

There are a limited number of external bursaries for UK students on the Print, Magazine and Broadcast courses, from the AHRC, Scott Trust and Journalism Diversity Fund.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary
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0114 222 2500